We seek new, original, nonfiction literature and art from, by, and about cities, human experience in urban environments, urban sustainability, and what does and does not makes cities livable.

We are open to all interpretations of our mission. In 2020-2021, we are particularly interested in contemporary and historic accounts and impressions of pandemics, racial justice actions, and contentious elections.

We accept online submissions continuously from 15 October through 15 June.

Click here for information on our current special call, THIS BLISSFUL CITY.

We would love to consider:
—Lyric, essayistic, reportorial, narrative, and/or hybrid nonfiction prose; between 500 and 5000 words is usual, but we will consider any length if the work fits our mission;
—Video and audio essays up to five minutes in length;
—Photo essays (with or without prose) of up to 15 images; please email us if your submission is too large for the submission manager;
—Other visual, digital, audio, or literary forms.

Literary work must be previously unpublished in its current form; if we know in advance, work published on author or artist blogs and/or social media may be considered if the current iteration is substantively different in content or context. In the case of visual work, we consider previous exhibition on a case-by-case basis.

We are unable to pay contributors, but artists retain all rights, we promote widely, and all work published stays “in-print” online.

Also note: we do not have the technical capacity to publish poetry with line-breaks or media over 32 MB.

Current students of DePaul University and the Rainier Writing Workshop may not submit. Work from alums of these programs will be considered, but please wait a bit after graduation.


Life in cities—the future of cities—sense of place or displacement in cities—the environment of cities—the infrastructure of cities—urban and suburban aspects of cities—food in cities—nature in cities—wildness in cities—animals in cities—green space in cities—greenwashing in cities—climate change in cities—transportation in cities—walking, biking, and using public transportation in cities—the flaneur, the flaneuse, and the flaneux in the city—coming of age in cities—reinventing identity in cities—sickness and health in cities—political movements in cities—protest and uprising in cities—alternative cultures in cities—histories of cities—queer cities—race and culture in cities—gender in cities—gentrification in cities—danger and safety in cities—sexuality in cities—elections in cities—justice in cities—monuments in cities—public art in cities—happiness and sadness in cities—missing cities—imaginary cities—livability in cities—traveling to cities—art-making in cities—hating and loving cities—that thing we’ve not yet thought about cities.  Surprise us!


Header photo by tbfurman.