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About

People. Place. Time.

That is how NOWHERE defines great travel writing: deep reporting, authentic storylines, compelling characters, unknown places. NOWHERE has been an online literary journal of travel writing (www.nowheremag.com) since 2008. Since 2016, we have collected the very best travel writing from our site in a Print Annual—stories about the longest sea voyage in history, hiding out with Kurdish rebels in Turkey, growing up in an American farm town, dogsledding across the northernmost point of land in the world—written by aspiring authors and pros like Dave Eggers, Nick Flynn, Will Oldham, David Quammen and many more… 

The 2019 Print Annual is one of the best yet: deep, powerful and transportive stories that don’t just tell you about a place—they take you there.

In this issue, you will find stories about:

  • Dog-sledding, wind songs, sea ice, reindeer hides and canine telepathy halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole.
  • Fireworks, chicken barbecues, golden bullets and dead bodies in a school bus bound for California.
  • Mareshas, bonfires, papyrus boats, Noah’s Ark, chanting rooms, Meskel and waterfalls in Ethiopia.
  • Hostels, Andalusia, Tinder intercambio, ruffled gowns, coppers and incomprehensible finales in Sevilla, Spain.
  • Segregated students, forty-cent bagels, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, velvet envelopes, redheaded wives and Solomon’s Mine in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
  • And lastly, cheekbones, rough sheets, bourbon, postcards and Hollywood romance in north-central Ohio.
Photo: Cristina Gottardi
Photo: Cristina Gottardi

 The Review Review wrote, “Nowhere’s pages are full of the kind of stories mainstream travel magazines insert as an afterthought, a brief and rare glimpse into the traveler’s inner journey reflected through the exterior trip.” 

We started NOWHERE with $50 and a domain name eleven years ago. We were a group of travel writers who were tired of reading—and writing—marketing-driven travel stories that have taken over much of travel media. We were tired of the templates, requests to include a brand name in our write-up or to cover at least one luxury resort. We were tired of selling things, because we got into this business to discover things.

We started NOWHERE to bring back old-school, immersive travel writing like Holiday, Colliers and the Saturday Evening Post used to run. Jack Kerouac was a travel writer back then. Arthur Miller was a travel writer. Hemingway, Faulkner, Jan Morris, Steinbeck and Mary McCarthy were travel writers, and their stories ran thousands, not hundreds, of words long.

 Deep, powerful and transportive stories that dont just tell you about a place—they take you there. 


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Photo: Sergey Pesterev

We wanted travel features that didn’t just tell you where to stay or what to do in a place, but made you feel, smell, taste and hear it. We wanted deep knowledge of a city we’d never been to, told by writers who spent months or years there, not days. We launched the magazine online so we could publish it instantly in every country in the world. More than six hundred travel features later, we now publish to a readership of 20,000 across 119 nations.

One hundred percent of our content comes from submissions—much of it from biannual writing contests that put work by career and first-time writers in front of seasoned editors. We receive thousands of stories every year and sift through them slowly and thoughtfully. Our stories have won Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards and been anthologized in Best American Travel Writing. The Review Review wrote, “Nowhere’s pages are full of the kind of stories mainstream travel magazines insert as an afterthought, a brief and rare glimpse into the traveler’s inner journey reflected through the exterior trip.” 

 Jack Kerouac was a travel writer back then. Arthur Miller was a travel writer. Hemingway, Faulkner, Jan Morris, Steinbeck and Mary McCarthy were travel writers, and their stories ran thousands, not hundreds, of words long.


Photo: Herson Rodriguez
Photo: Herson Rodriguez

All of that takes a tremendous amount of time and a surprising amount of money. We launch a Kickstarter campaign every year to pay for NOWHERE, bring in a new crop of readers and writers, check in with our loyal supporters and shout out to the world that in the most challenging climate the publishing industry has ever seen, WE’RE STILL HERE!

The Print Annual is the cause we rally around to make it happen. It is a collection of the best stories, art and photography of the year from NOWHERE. If you are new to the magazine or haven’t had time to keep up over the the last year, this is a way to see the best of the best.

To us, travel is not about buying and selling; it is about discovering. With the 2019 Print Annual, you will discover far corners of the world, right from your couch.


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2019 Print Annual
2019 Print Annual

Lit Kit
Lit Kit

Nowhere Tote
Nowhere Tote

Back Issue Bundle
Back Issue Bundle

Risks and challenges

Sourcing, editing, printing and distributing a magazine is incredibly difficult these days. Doing it with a staff you can count on one hand, with no financial backing or regular advertising, is even harder. Pure passion for writing and travel fuels NOWHERE. That and our readers. We literally couldn’t do this without you.

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    The 2019 Print Annual ePub is the easiest way to take NOWHERE on the road. Designed exactly like the Print Annual, you can read the best stories from NOWHERE on any device that supports ePubs. This early release digital issue is available exclusively for this campaign.

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    The NOWHERE Lit Kit is a survival kit for travelers who love to read. (And write.) It includes the 2019 Print Annual, NOWHERE Pocket Journal for writing and sketching, an Editor's Travel Literature Reading List to give you inspiration and the 2019 NOWHERE Print Annual ePub to read on your phone or tablet on the road.

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    Get all the goodies in our organic cotton NOWHERE tote that shows the world your love of travel and writing.

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    Four digital issues of the greatest stories NOWHERE has ever published, which you can read on your phone, tablet or any device that supports ePubs.

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    Roll back the years with one copy each of the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Print Annuals, bound in craft paper with the NOWHERE seal. Includes thirty of the greatest travel stories you'll ever read. Featuring Dave Eggers, Merrill Gilfillan, Nick Flynn and many more…

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    The Everything

    The full monty, the whole ball of wax, the works, the whole nine yards. One of everything we have here…

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    Travel Photography Webinar

    NOWHERE Art Director Sara Fox talks to you live in your living room about the secrets of lighting, timing, tech and composition in this one-hour webinar. Get your cameras out, ask live questions and learn from a pro (who has shot six New York Times Travel Section covers in the last five years). Sara will also go into how to manage and pitch your work to top travel outlets.

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    The Art of Travel Writing Webinar

    Join this two-hour, comprehensive, live travel-writing workshop with NOWHERE Editor Porter Fox. Learn how to bring back a great story from your travels; organize notes and turn them into narrative; craft a story arc, characters, tension, resolution, digressions, backstory and contextual detail; and self-edit, write a pitch letter and get published. Porter teaches this class at Columbia University, the New School and workshops. Learn it all in a two-hour mega-session.

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    Two-page color spread ad in the 2019 Print Annual. Get your message in front of the smartest, most well-traveled group of readers anywhere.

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