We hit our goal and are still going...this time to make Nowhere and your Print Annuals even better.
If we make...
$25k: We're adding a travel pocket to the back of every Print Annual, for keepsakes, tickets, notes and other bric-a-brac.
$28k: We are going to (finally) make e-book versions of every Print Annual we've ever made, for those who love to read on a screen.
$30k: Will finance an entirely new section on the website dedicated to travel writing of yore. Hand-picked stories and essays from the greatest travel writers of the last century and beyond.
Pledge $40 or more and get your name on the Acknowledgments page of the 10th Anniversary Print Annual.
We started Nowhere 10 years ago! (With $50 and a domain name.) We were tired of reading—and writing—brochure-esque, marketing-driven travel stories that have taken over much of the travel media world. We wanted to bring back old school, immersive, longform 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.
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.
We wanted stories that didn't just tell you where to stay and what to do in a place, but made you feel, smell, taste and hear it. We launched the magazine online so we could instantly publish it in every country in the world. Ten years and 500 travel features later, we publish to a readership of 20,000 across 119 countries.
We have seen dozens of travel magazines come and go since we started. They were all great, but most fell prey to the ambition to grow, monetize, merge, get bought, buy-out, get famous... Nowhere never strived to get bigger. We just wanted to get better.
And we did. One hundred percent of our content now comes from submissions. We receive thousands of stories every year and sift through them slowly and thoughtfully. The stories the editors select go through a complete editing and design process, followed by promotion and, for the best work, submission to national competitions and awards. We 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.”
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.”
All of that takes a tremendous amount of time and a surprising amount of money. We now have a managing editor to answer emails, manage submissions, keep the website running and get our stories out to the world. We are planning a series of guidebooks and another series of travel books.
We launch a Kickstarter campaign every year to pay for all of this, 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 Nowhere or haven't had time to keep up over the the last year, this is a way to capture the best of the best. Here's a glimpse of the special 10th Anniversary Print Annual:
- David Zoby finds Assad, Rumi and strawberry shisha in Syria
- Chris Morgan discovers sable-maned witches & the sea in Wales
- Lara Tupper writes about Speedos, Congressmen and Jesus in Maine
- Desdemona Dallas photographs a road trip through the American West
- Anna Wallace-Thompson navigates crocodiles and taxis in Cairo
- Jenni Quilter recounts North African pirates on an Icelandic bike ride
- Beejay Silcox makes memories from six yards of fabric in Ghana
To us, travel is not about buying and selling, it is about experiencing. With the 10th Anniversary Print Annual, you will experience the far corners of the world, right from your couch.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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