Please note that Panorama‘s current public submission period for literary submissions for both online and print opens June 26, 2017, and closes when submissions are full. For more on the upcoming print issue, Voices of East Africa, visit here. For calls for both print and online, visit the Current Calls page.

Submission Guidelines

Our philosophy:

We aim to redefine who travels and what travel looks like, as well as to reshape the kinds of journeys–whether real or imagined–that can be narrated through words and images. To us, “travel” is not uniquely a set of experiences and encounters taking place far from home, but also emerges from being attentive to the extraordinary potential of the everyday. In the 21st century, we are all nomads of one kind or another. Panorama exists in order to reflect upon and strengthen that commonality.

What we publish:

We publish contemporary, literary-themed travel works of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, illustration, as well as travel-themed photo essays and film stills. We are looking for exquisite, rich, surprising work capable of unbinding readers from their expectations and routines. Make us get lost on a journey in your hometown. Be the verbal cartographer of your own exile. Bring us the fictional realities of characters who take us places we can’t go on our own. Offer us poetry that leaves us stranded in the natural world. Most of all, write evocative, experiential, descriptive prose that takes our readers with you, and confirms our belief in the power of place. We have a particular interest in travel memoir, real or imagined, but we invite memoir with an edge. This is not the place for traditional travel memoir: give us something different.

Who we publish:

Submissions are encouraged and welcomed from all. We have a special interest in publishing emerging voices and global perspectives. Our masthead is a collective of international writers, artists, and creatives from around the world, and we look for this same spirit in our submissions. We especially encourage those who are outside of traditional publishing opportunities to submit.

We assess submissions entirely on a work’s individual merit.

General Points

Panorama is staffed by unpaid volunteers committed to our vision of changing the travel landscape. We do not charge a reading fee for submissions, and work to create access for all. While we began with some minimal advertising to pay web costs, we decided to go advertising free after our third quarterly and pay for basic costs ourselves so that the issues are focused on the works. The exception are our print issues, which we produce with literary partners to cover printing and distribution costs. For information about payment, visit FAQs.

Contributing to Panorama is to take part in the mission of what it is: bringing global, quality travel narratives in multiple expressions to an international audience: democratizing a genre. We provide excellent editors from around the world, as well as nominate for literary awards worldwide. Our masthead includes Nobel Prize nominees, Pushcart prize winners, and more.

Your work is yours: we simply want the opportunity to share it with a larger audience. For online works, the rights return to the author immediately upon publication. For works in print, rights remain with Panorama for two years from launch, and then return to the author. Rights for translations vary and are case by case.

For open submissions we consider fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and photography that is consistent with the goals and vision of Panorama. While we prefer literary submissions to be original, meaning they cannot have appeared in any form on the internet, or elsewhere in print, we make exceptions for spectacular work for limited sections. We also accept translations, but request first translation rights in English.

Please include a cover letter briefly introducing yourself and any background relevant to your submission. Submissions without a cover letter will be declined. The cover letter should include a brief bio, a note about the work, your location [not nationality or identity], social media link to Twitter, and the word count of the piece. If the work was previously published, please include where it was first published and when. If the work is a translation, please include original.

If you have never published before, please note this in your cover letter. We are fond of emerging writers and champion their work.

Please submit work written in English, typed, and double spaced with page numbers, in Word Doc only. We do not accept PDFs. For word counts, please see our FAQs. If English is not your first language, please note this in the cover letter.

For issue four onward, we will be including a photograph of each contributor next to their piece, in black and white, headshot style only. For examples of photographs, see our Masthead page. If your piece is accepted, you will be asked for a photograph. We regret we cannot publish works without a photograph of the author. You do not need to provide a photograph until your piece is accepted.

Due to the thousands of submissions we receive, which inevitably includes work that is excellent yet unsuited to Panorama‘s mission, we are unable to provide detailed comments. Turnaround time for submission responses varies on the section and number of submissions: expect up to 90 days. Our editing process is intensive and acceptance is conditional on working with our editors.

To see what we are looking for, please visit Current Calls, and follow our updates on Facebook and Twitter. For detailed information on our publishing schedule, and more please visit our FAQ page. We look forward to receiving your best work.

The Panorama Team