Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel (Canceled)
Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel (Canceled)
Panorama is a British literary journal magazine hybrid with a modern, international focus on travel literature, art, and photography.
Panorama is a British literary journal magazine hybrid with a modern, international focus on travel literature, art, and photography. Read more
"The stories in Panorama remind us of a lesson that we often forget. Travel is not about what you see and what you do. Travel is about engaging with the world around you, letting it push you outside your comfort zone and change your perspective for the better."
- Allison Busacca, BBC Travel Editor
Panorama is a British literary journal magazine hybrid with a modern, international focus on travel literature, art, and photography. We utilise commercial advertising to pay for photo licensing, illustrations commissioned by Panorama, and our website and design costs.
Panorama launched in spring 2016 with tremendous accolades and support from writers, readers, and advertisers. We are limiting advertising to 20% of both our online and print issues, which means that we do not have a budget to pay writers for their work. The purpose of this Kickstarter is to pay all our writers for a year: 52 Sunday Magazines, and four Quarterly Issues.
Our Kickstarter target of £43,000 would enable Panorama to pay writers for:
- Long-form writing, fiction and nonfiction, paid at £170 per piece.
- Short-form writing, paid at £100 per piece.
- Photo essays, paid at £170 per essay.
- Poems, paid at £25 to £35 per page.
If we don't reach our target, Panorama will still be published, but writers will not be paid. Our stories, photo essays and illustrations will be available online to readers for free, and the Print Issue will be available from select outlets, including Amazon. If you would like to read more about Panorama, and to see our award-winning masthead of writers and editors, please see our website www.panoramajournal.org.
Early Praise for Panorama
"The travel editor of a national newspaper recently told a seminar on how to break into travel writing: “Forget Azerbaijan; we want stories about Italy.” That’s why serious travellers will be so excited about Panorama, which is unhindered by the need for mass appeal, and that’s why I’m so pleased to hear about its launch."
- Hilary Bradt, Founder of Bradt Guides
"Donald Rumsfeld with his knowns, unknowns and even unknown unknowns could have been a Panorama writer. I’m always keen to find out about the places I don’t know about, and even more importantly, the places I don’t even know I don’t know about. Perhaps Panorama will lead me there."
- Tony Wheeler, Founder of Lonely Planet
"The pleasures of far flung areas are only known to people who have been there, persons that have smelled the airs and touched the soft sands. Many others desire the same. And access is often granted through the words of those who render their experiences in works of travel literature. In this way, Panorama will play a critical role in opening up the world from little known places that define our little getaways, to world renowned destinations. As the Managing Editor of Jalada, a pan-African writers' collective, I work with a diverse set of people from across the continent, and I am particularly interested in knowing and hearing about the experiences of travelling within that continent. So much of that will now be possible, and this is why the launch of Panorama gives me so much joy."
- Moses Kilolo, Managing Editor of Jalada Africa
"Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel can fill the gap left when the well thumbed guidebook was submerged under the heap of online promotion and information."
- Bill Colegrave, Author and former Publisher of Cadogan Guides
"Those of us forced to travel or descended from those forced to travel, who then choose to engage and reclaim the world through travel, are always seeking a place, be it physical, spiritual or literary, to land. Panorama may be that country, its people truly representative of the world we live in, speaking the language we've been waiting to hear."
- Faith Adiele, Author and Faculty Member at VONA
"Panorama is the window that makes you look at the world - not as a tourist but as a traveller. It takes you past the cliched and the celebrated and introduces you to the scenes behind the scenes, the people behind the places."
- Bishwanath Ghosh, Author and Travel Editor at The Hindu
"Panorama is the antithesis of lazy reading. It’s rock climbing for the mind, a chance for intellectual adventure far beyond familiar literary landscapes. You may lose your breath with the audacity of the language. You may look back and wonder where the old world went. This is new territory: a world of difference."
- Jane Camens, Executive Director of Asia Pacific Writers and Translators
"Panorama is set to raise the travel literature cross-bar in the digital domain."
- Magnus Bartlett, Founder of Odyssey Publications
"Throughout its history and across the Americas, travel writing has been hijacked by imperialism and presented through a colonial gaze. I've always read these accounts with a great deal of resentment, seeing how the records of repute have forever branded communities of color as primitive, savage, and somehow, uncivilised [...] Today's mainstream landscape hasn't changed radically, and this is why the existence of Panorama is so crucial to usher us into a truly non-binary look at this beautiful, sometimes awful, and always colorful world."
- Racquel Cepeda, Author, Journalist and Critic
"[Panorama's] great travel literature will invoke not only a spirit of place but also a sense of meaning: a connection to people and ideas that unites communities."
- Levison Wood, Explorer, Author, and TV Presenter
"Literary travel writing is all too often endangered by the demand for travel writing that sells you a place. Panorama will change this, and do so with an editorial mission committed to writing that is also from diverse global perspectives. I'm subscribing, and I hope you will join me. I can't wait for the first issue."
- Alexander Chee, Author, Journalist, and Poet
"Panorama is about breadth of vision, about a generosity of spirit beyond borders, and about the why of travel, as well as the where. I am fascinated by 'travelosophy'; Panorama feeds my fascination."
- Simon Westcott, CEO LUXE City Guides
"The legacy of colonialism and imperialism has long haunted the genre of travel writing in the English language. Panorama's inclusive and revolutionary vision supports a growing movement of international writers who seek to shatter the old stereotypes and formulas, to make room for new voices and perspectives. For the field of mountain and adventure literature, in particular, this effort is essential - the climbing world needs more diverse writers looking critically and closely at both the impacts and imaginative possibilities of human travel in the world's great ranges."
- Katie Ives, Editor-in-Chief of Alpinist
Our first Quarterly Issue
Our inaugural Quarterly Issue, which will be published on 1 September, 2016, has the theme of Firsts. It is included with your Panorama subscription.
Here is a sample of some of the works which Panorama will publish in the first Quarterly Issue. If we reach our Kickstarter target, the contributors of literary works will be paid for their writing.
- Iranian photographer Farshid Tighehsaz, a contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, and TIME magazine, will publish a photo essay from his series The Pearl of Iran. Farshid has also produced the cover image for this issue.
- Northern Irish novelist Paul McVeigh compares Istanbul after its recent terror attacks to Belfast during the Troubles. His book The Good Son is a finalist for The People's Book Award, and was included in the Best Books of 2015 by Elle magazine and The Irish Independent.
- Croatian writer Anja Mutic helps Panorama revive the art of letter writing with a description of a bus ride to the unfamiliar periphery of her home city, Zagreb. Anja's work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and BBC Travel.
- Sri Lankan-American writer Ru Freeman visits a Texas Dude Ranch and unexpectedly forms a bond with the cowboys she meets there. Ru is the 2014 winner of the Sister Mariella Gable Award for Fiction, and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction by an American Woman.
- British-Iranian writer and Classicist Bijan Omrani follows in the footsteps of Julius Caesar's travels in France. Bijan is the editor of the journal Asian Affairs, and has been published in the RUSI Journal, the Spectator, and Standpoint.
- Each Quarterly Issue will have illustrations by a different sketch artist, the first of whom is Indian illustrator Gaurav Ogale. Gaurav's work has been published in National Geographic, and he will illustrate Firsts, including for Everest: Triptych (see below), by Canadian mountaineer TA Loeffler.
Who is behind Panorama?
Editor-in-Chief: Amy Gigi Alexander
Amy's work is included in two anthologies of travel literature, Lonely Planet's An Innocent Abroad, and The Best Travel Writing 2015. She has worked with such publications and institutions as the BBC, Lonely Planet, National Geographic, and The American Library in Paris. She's the the recipient of four Solas Awards from Travelers' Tales, including the Grand Prize in 2015.
Senior Editor: Paula Lee
Paula is an author and editor of five books, including Deer Hunting in Paris, winner of the 2014 Lowell Thomas award of the Society of American Travel Writers. An academic historian, she is a faculty fellow at Tufts University, and was the Friedel Fellow at the University of Leipzig.
Director of Photography: Matthew Webb
Matthew's work has been published by National Geographic Russia, The Moscow Times, L'Oeil de la Photographie, and Time Out. His images have been presented in 28 solo shows, principally in the UK and Russia, and include his award winning Carbon Journey series.
Managing Editor: Sophie Ibbotson
Sophie has written five Bradt Guides, and her writing is also published by Insight Guides, the Financial Times, the Sunday Telegraph, and Newsweek. She is a contributing editorial board member of Asian Affairs.
Associate Editor: Mayanne Wright
Mayanne has worked in publishing for over 20 years. She has contributed to the research, development, writing and editing of nonfiction and fiction works, including short stories, memoir, and novels, and has edited and translated English, French, and Spanish language literary anthologies.
Print Editor: Ellie Cobb
Ellie's roles have included both Deputy Editor at BBC Travel and Commissioning Editor at Lonely Planet. She also is the driving force behind BBC Travel's first long form travel narrative column, which was awarded two Lowell Thomas Awards, and the creative lead and editor of BBC's groundbreaking Travel Pioneer series.
Fiction Editor: Ru Freeman
Ru is the author of the novels A Disobedient Girl and On Sal Mal Lane, and she is the 2014 winner of the Sister Mariella Gable Award for Fiction and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction by an American Woman. She is the editor of the anthology, Extraordinary Rendition: American Writers on Palestine and is a contributing editorial board member of the Asian American Literary Review.
Reviews Editor: Shivanee Ramlochan
Shivanee is a literary reviewer and poet, and her work is featured in the anthology Coming Up Hot: Eight New Poets from the Caribbean. She's the Deputy Editor of The Caribbean Review of Books, has received the Small Axe Literary Prize for Poetry, and was shortlisted for the 2015 Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize.
Gastronomy Editor: Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee
Cecilia is the author of three cookbooks, two Frommer's guides, and has contributed to four gastronomy collections. She is a restaurant reviewer, regular contributor and photographer for the Los Angeles Times. She has received awards from Food and Wine magazine and Gourmet magazine, and was nominated for a James Beard Award.
Poetry Editor: Anna Elkins
Anna is the author of And: The Story of More, The Heart Takes Flight, The Honeylicker Angel, and The Space Between. She the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and Solas Award for her travel poetry and nonfiction, and is included in several anthologies of travel literature. A travelling poetess and painter, she has edited literary journals and books worldwide.
Assistant Poetry Editor: David Ishaya Osu
David's poetry is featured in the anthologies Roedleaf Poetry: The African Diaspora Folio, and A Thousand Voices Rising: An Anthology of Contemporary African Poets. He has been Guest Poetry Editor at the James Franco Review, and is a board member of the of the Pan-African literary collective, the Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation.
Contributing Editor: Alison Singh Gee
Alison is the author of the travel memoir, Where the Peacocks Sing. She has written for Marie Claire, In Style, International Herald Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times. She is the recipient of Amnesty International’s Feature Writing Award.
Contributing Editor: Alden Jones
Alden is the author of The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler’s Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia and the short story collection, Unaccompanied Minors. She is the recipient of the Independent Publishers Book Award, the IndieFab Book of the Year Award, New American Fiction Prize, the Lascaux Book Prize, and was a finalist for the Edmund White Award in Short Fiction and the Lamda Literary Award.
Contributing Editor: James Edward Mills
James is the author of The Adventure Gap: Changing the face of the Outdoors. His work has been featured in Alpinist, National Geographic Adventure, Rock and Ice, and WEND magazine, among others. He co-wrote and produced a documentary about the first team of black climbers to climb Denali, An American Ascent.
Contributing Editor: Bijan Omrani
Bijan is a classical scholar, writer, and editor. He is the author of Asia Overland and Afghanistan: A Companion and Guide, and also contributed a chapter to Beyond the ‘Wild Tribes’: Understanding Modern Afghanistan and Its Diaspora. He is the editor of Asian Affairs, and his writings on Afghanistan have been published by the journal of the Royal United Services Institute.
Contributing Editor: Murzban Shroff
Murzban is the author of the short story collection, Breathless in Bombay, and the novel, Waiting for Jonathon Koshy. He is the recipient of the John Gilgun Fiction Award, was a finalist for the Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize, as well as six Pushcart nominations.
Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Robin Hemley, Sarge Lacuesta, Paul McVeigh, and Arijit Sen.
Klarxy, Marta Munoz, Gaurav Ogale, and Allen Shaw.
Lola Akinmade Akerstrom, Samuel Autman, Marie Baleo, Tara Isabella Burton, Carol Cain, Martina Clark, Carin Clevidence, Elizabeth Enslin, Eleni N. Gage, Pia Ghosh-Roy, Ishay Governder-Ypma, Heather Greenwood-Davis, Elan Grug Muse, Susan Harlan, Leslie Hsu Oh, Ola Nubi, Steven Law, TA Loeffler, Lori A. May, Anja Mutic, Richard Odour Oduku, Valerie Piro, Joelle Renstrom, Bashir Sakhawarz, Jose Varghese, Ernest White II, Marie Wiesner, Kristin Winet, and Peter Wortsman.
You can meet the entire Panorama Masthead, see their pictures and read their quotes, on our Masthead page.
Risks and challenges
When we advertised Masthead positions for Panorama, we had more than 6,000 applications from around the world. We are confident, therefore, that we have recruited one of the most impressive, international, and experienced teams in publishing.
Meeting our Kickstarter goal means that we can guarantee covering our basic costs for year one, the duration of an annual subscription. If we exceed this target - and we hope you will help us to do so - we will be able to increase the number of pieces we publish, and continue to attract some of the biggest names (and emerging voices) from around the world in editing, writing, photography, and art.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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