About this project
“…Reminds me of the best gonzo journalism of decades past.” Glyn Vincent, The Huffington Post.
“Nowhere eschews the typical service-oriented stories of glossy travel magazines for more personal travelogues and free-form essays,” David Farley, The New York Times.
“The Best New Travel Writing Comes From Nowhere,” Steve Casimiro, The Adventure Journal
HOURS TO GO! Nowhere Supports The Rockaways
We made our stretch goal! Thank you!! $15,000 will go toward running Nowhere for the next year. Check out the Issue 6 Trailer above that your donations helped finance...
In light of the destruction and need following Hurricane Sandy, we're donating 100% of everything we raise from now on to relief efforts in one of the hardest hit (and least covered) neighborhoods in New York City: The Rockaways.
(NOTE: That means $15,000 goes toward running Nowhere for the next year. Every donation we receive from now on goes to the Rockaways.)
For updates, visit Nowhere's Blog and Facebook.
Who We Are
Nowhere is a journal of literary travel writing—which to us means narrative with a strong sense of place, character or time. We’ve run stories about the longest sea voyage in history, living on a farm in Tuscany and kidnappings in Libya. We don’t publish reviews of spas or shopping centers or "Top 10 Vacation Getaways." The magazine is published digitally so we can distribute globally, across borders and cultures, instantaneously. We are reader-supported, meaning your donation helps pay to produce the magazine. Imagine public radio in print: You are the reader and the publisher.
Nowhere started as a web zine in 2009. We reached out to our favorite authors and asked for submissions. Then we threw parties in Brooklyn to pay for production costs. Three years later we have 14,000 readers in 129 countries. Our stories are written by authors from Syria, Paris, Haiti, New York, Montana and Libya - about adventures in Iran, Hollywood, Siberia, Japan and more. With your support, we’re going to take Nowhere to another level in Fall 2012.
This November we are relaunching Nowhere as a unique, multi-media tablet magazine—designed specifically for the iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Nook, Galaxy and every other brand of tablet. (You can still read the magazine like you used to on a computer, just download the interactive PDF.) The new format will include pages that look and turn like a magazine; embedded multi-media content like music, interviews, video and slideshows; sharing capabilities; high-resolution imagery; and several new departments.
What We Do
Founder and editor Porter Fox has worked as a travel journalist for 17 years. He created Nowhere with a group of like-minded writers, editors, producers and designers to create a new kind of travel magazine—something more engaging, authentic and diverse. The magazine publishes five to 10 articles in each issue, including travelogues, journal excerpts, profiles, conversations, reviews and even notes... We illustrate stories with found objects brought back from the field, and include multi-media elements with each piece.
We ran Blaise Cendrars’ “The Prose of the Trans-Siberian” in a recent issue; Arthur Bradford on a journey to the Home Depot in Portland, Oregon; Paul Violi driving across Iran in 1968; and Syrian poet Hasiba Abd al-Rahman on his return to Damascus. In the Fall 2012 issue a writer visits a Kurdish rebel camp in Iraq; David Farley explores the underbelly of Ensenada, Baja; and Nick Flynn presents collages he made on a remote island off the coast of Tanzania.
In the past we’ve given our magazine away for free. To help pay for the redesign and pay our contributors a fair rate, this fall we’ll charge per issue and offer yearly subscriptions.
Why Support Nowhere?
Until now, we’ve paid contributors a (very) small stipend for their work. We’d like to pay them fairly. While a small portion of funding goes to administrative costs associated with producing a journal, more than 75 percent of the cover price goes directly to our writers, artists and designers.
It costs anywhere from $500-$3,000 to publish a single story in the magazine. If we hit our goal, your donation will help pay for an entire year of Nowhere: four issues and more than 16 feature stories.
Why It Matters
We are in a unique position, in that the borderless nature of the Internet fits our content and mission perfectly. We are a magazine about the world. We distribute content to the world. The Nowhere staff values the ties that travel and cultural exchange foster. Digital publishing and compelling storytelling allow us to help cultivate those ties—on a global level. The new tablet edition will allow us to do it more evocatively and efficiently than ever before.
Our writers—and readers—are the kind of people who still look out a plane window in awe. We don’t just see places, we see people, culture, diversity and commonality. Travel to us—like any good pastime—is a game of reinvention, of who you are and how you interact with your world. We’d like readers to interact with the new Nowhere in a similar way.
Free entry to the Nowhere 6 launch party - in a 5,000-square-foot warehouse space in Brooklyn. Video and slide projections, PBR and DJs till dawn, boat rides and dancing...
Somewhere An anthology (ebook) of the best Nowhere stories from the last three years. Plus, free entry to the launch party.
Sailing Alone Around the World, by Joshua Slocum (ebook). This is one of the greatest adventures and stories of our time, told by the first man to circumnavigate the world solo, in 1898. Plus the Somewhere anthology and free entry to the launch party.
Complete Fragments, by Larry Fagin (print edition). Plus, Sailing Alone Around the World, Somewhere anthology and free entry to the launch party.
$100 Donation (Limit of 15)
One-hour private editing session with Nowhere Editor, Porter Fox. Plus, Sailing Alone Around the World, Somewhere anthology and free entry to the launch party.
$150 Donation (Limit of 10)
One-hour private editing session with Larry Fagin. Plus, Sailing Alone Around the World, Somewhere anthology and free entry to the launch party.
Will get a signed, limited run, hardcover collector’s edition of SOMEWHERE and a two-year subscription to the magazine plus all lower-level rewards.
Will get a lifetime subscription to Nowhere, the collector’s edition and all lower-level rewards.
Send us a manuscript by you or a friend and Nowhere editors will edit, design and produce your ebook, then launch it on iTunes and Amazon. Plus a lifetime subscription, the collector’s edition and all lower-level rewards.
Nowhere Editor Porter Fox and Photo Editor Sara Mayti will fly to your town and put on a one-day writing and photography workshop for up to 12 participants. (You pay here, then charge students a fee to attend.) This is a hybrid workshop meant to 1) develop skills by cross-teaching and 2) help aspiring journalists learn to shoot and write their own stories. Workshop includes private manuscript and portfolio editing, group workshopping and lectures. All participants get lifetime subscriptions to Nowhere, the SOMEWHERE collector's edition, ebooks and party invites. Porter Fox has taught writing for The New York Times Knowledge Network, The Writer's Workshop, Gotham Writer's Workshop and 826 NYC. Sara Mayti teaches at PhotoManhattan and privately.
Thanks again and stay tuned...
Risks and challenges
Our risks are small, the challenges far greater. Making a magazine (much less launching one) in 2012 is no easy task. We've seen the worst collapse in the history of modern media recently, yet Nowhere has grown throughout.
Part of that is due to the fact that we are a digital publication, meaning less overhead and global distribution at the push of a button. The digital age places all magazines on a more even playing field - a situation that, thankfully, makes content vital.
Still, technology changes every day. File types and the devices that read them evolve month to month. All of this costs money to keep up with. Thankfully, at Nowhere, that money goes directly to the creators.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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