Intelligent: early 16th century: from Latin intelligent – ‘understanding,’ from the verb intelligere, variant of intellegere ‘understand,’ from inter ‘between’ and legere ‘choose.’


Current calls

Panorama emphasises writing and the visual arts created with a deep intelligence, reconnecting us to the world.

Thank you for considering submitting your work to our journal, and we look forward to reading your submission.

We require a cover letter for all submissions, with certain information provided [introduction, background, publication history, social handles]. We also ask that all submitted work be sent as a Word Doc attachment, double-spaced, with page numbers. We are unable to accept work within emails, or sent as PDFs. We regret that due to the number of submissions we receive, submissions that do not meet our guidelines are declined. For more on our guidelines, read our FAQs and Submissions page. All emails should be sent to the section editor as indicated, and titled as requested. By following our guidelines, you can help us accept your work more quickly. Thank you.

Due to the number of submissions we receive, and our goal of publishing as many writers as possible, writers may only submit or query one work per issue. If your submission or query is declined for an issue, and the submission call is still open, you can submit another work or query again to that issue. Please submit all work via Submittable.

March 2023 issue: Space
Opens for submissions 25th January 2023 and closes for submissions 28th February 2023.
Space: /speɪs/ origin: Anglo-Norman space, variant of Old French, Middle French espace, from Classical Latin spatium, meaning room, area, distance, stretch of time. Thought to originate from the Indo-European speh meaning to stretch, or to pull. Noun. 1. A continuous area or expanse which is free, available, or unoccupied. 2. A blank between printed, typed, or written words, characters, numbers, etc. 3. The dimensions of height, depth, and width within which all things move. 4. The freedom to live, think, and develop in a way that suits one. Verb. 1. To position (two or more items) at a distance from one another.
‘While I haue tyme and space.’
― Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
 
‘There ain’t a space program for [expletive pl.]’
― A Tribe Called Quest, The Space Program
 
‘Watch this space …’
― Taika Waititi, and many others
When we hear the word ’space’—do we think about distant stars, and galaxies beyond? Do we think about the savannahs, the Serengeti, desert dunes, and flooded mangroves. Or, do we look to our surroundings, homes, hamlets, communities, and co-working spaces? Or, perhaps even the space between words, pauses in conversation. Things said and unsaid; gestured. We all need space to think. Space to breathe. Space to plant. Space to travel. Space to believe. Space to speak. Space can also signal the lack of space and harmony in our often overcrowded and overheating world. In this issue, we encourage literal realities, wild imaginations, and poems that situate us all in space. For this call we will not accept queries or pitches, only completed works previously unpublished, with the exception of photography essays or book excerpt selections. Please see our FAQs and Submissions pages for more information, and for specific sections and submission length and information, read on below. All submissions should follow our Style Guide.

Sections open to the public for the Space issue:

Travel memoir: we seek works of nonfiction travel memoir with a strong narrative arc. 1500 to 6000 words. Please send completed works to Nonfiction Editors Kerry Beth Neville and Samuel Autman through Submittable. Include a short bio and introduction to your work in your cover letter or submission document(s). Clarifying questions can be sent to travelmemoir@panoramajournal.org, title email Space/Travel Memoir.

Decolonising travel: In this issue, we are particularly interested in essays on space between people, the space to grow, the space that inspires; space, also, that’s hard-earned, hard-won: the space to exist. Responses to questions such as who gets to claim public space are also encouraged. 1000-15000 words. Please send completed works to Decolonising Travel Editor Faith Adiele through Submittable. Include a short bio and introduction to your work in your cover letter or submission document(s). Clarifying questions can be sent to decolonisingtravel@panoramajournal.org, title email Space/Decolonising Travel.

General and speculative nonfiction: we seek all forms of nonfiction writing. For SPACE, we are particularly interested in the liminal space that travel provides, whether in the aspect of the journey or the destination—airports and hotel rooms included. Share your literal or metaphorical journey. 1500-6000 words. Please send completed works to Nonfiction Editors Sarge Lacuesta, and Tolu Daniel through Submittable. Include a short bio and introduction to your work in your cover letter or submission document(s). Clarifying questions can be sent to nonfictioneditor@panoramajournal.org, title email Space/Nonfiction.

New nature writing: in this forthcoming issue we will introduce a new section on new nature writing and invite all authors to respond to this. New nature writing is a popular hybrid form that often blends nature writing with travel-writing and memoir. We would be delighted to receive writing with an ethical dimension and ecological awareness that encourages the reader to tread softly through the shared landscapes of the human and more-than-human. 1500-3000 words. Please send completed works to the New Nature Writing Editor, Dr Kevan Manwaring through Submittable. Include a short bio and introduction to your work in your cover letter or submission document(s). Clarifying questions can be sent to newnaturewriting@panoramajournal.org, title email: Space/New Nature Writing.

Travel flash: we also seek shorter works of travel memoir and nonfiction for the Travel Flash section. Pieces must be between 150 and 300 words, after edits, and no longer than 350 words before edits. Preference will be given to those pieces that present a strong sense of detail and place and a fleshed-out narrative. Submit your work to Flash Editor Marie Baleo using the Submittable Submittable. Include a short bio and introduction to your work in your cover letter or submission document(s). Clarifying questions can be sent to flasheditor@panoramajournal.org with the title Space/Travel Flash.

Travel fiction: we seek works of fiction that reimagine space and spaces. Fictional works must include a journey to a place. Hybrid works (a blending of fiction and nonfiction) will be considered as well as experimental works. We are open to science fiction submissions for this issue as well as earth-land sea-air fantastical journeys of any kind, as long as they are travelogue style and modeled on traditional journeys. 1500-3000 words. Please send completed works to Fiction Editor Vimi Bajaj through Submittable. Include a short bio and introduction to your work in your cover letter or submission document(s). Clarifying questions can be sent to fictioneditor@panoramajournal.org, and title email Space/Travel Fiction.

Poetry: we seek poetry with a strong space narrative. 1-2 pages. Please send completed works to Poetry Editors David Ishaya Osu and Devi Laskar through Submittable. Include a short bio and introduction to your work in your cover letter or submission document(s). Clarifying questions can be sent to poetryeditor@panoramajournal.org, title email Space/Poetry.

Book reviews: we encourage reviews of all books that respond to space literally or metaphorically. Reviews of recent titles by Annie Ernaux, Cormac McCarthy and Robin McLean are particularly encouraged but we are also open to others. Please submit your book reviews to Book Editor Nicolas Sampson via Submittable. Include a short bio and introduction to your review in your cover letter or submission document(s). Clarifying questions can be sent to bookseditor@panoramajournal.org, title the email: Space/Book Review.

Book excerpts: we seek an excerpt from a book with a strong travelogue and space theme, which we will reprint in the SPACE issue, max. 12 pages. We prefer material from an upcoming or recently published title, thought older material will also be considered if it responds particularly well to the theme. Please submit your book excerpts to Book Editor Nicolas Sampson via Submittable. Include a short bio and introduction to the excerpt in your cover letter or submission document(s). Clarifying questions can be sent to bookseditor@panoramajournal.org, title the email: Space/Book Excerpt.

Photography: each issue, we publish two photo essays, one with accompanying text and one with an interview with the photographer. In this issue we are looking for many and varied responses to SPACE including but not limited to afrofuturism, topographic works, and photojournalism. Please see past issues to get a sense of the images and direction, and send ten sample images or full photo essay—previously published or not—your portfolio website, an introduction to the work you have selected, and its connection to travel and the issue theme to Director, Matthew Webb using Submittable. Include a short bio and introduction to your work in your cover letter or submission document(s). Clarifying questions can be sent to matthew@panoramajournal.org, title email: Space/Photo Essay or Space/Photo Interview.

Art moving image: artists who work with video are strongly encouraged to pitch their work for the journal. All submissions to Panorama’s Director, Matthew Webb using Submittable. Include a short bio and introduction to your work in your cover letter or submission document(s). Clarifying questions can be sent to matthew@panoramajournal.org, title email: Space/Art Moving Image.

Documentary film: documentary film provides a powerful, accessible narrative storytelling format which we are keen to feature. All submissions to Panorama’s Director, Matthew Webb using Submittable. Include a short bio and introduction to your work in your cover letter or submission document(s). Clarifying questions can be sent to matthew@panoramajournal.org, title email: Space/Documentary Film.

Video essays: following the success of Samuel Autman’s The Train Rolls On, we are delighted to open a general call for video essays. We are particularly looking for intensely personal, honest, and open responses to the world around us. All submissions to Panorama’s Director, Matthew Webb using Submittable. Include a short bio and introduction to your work in your cover letter or submission document(s). Clarifying questions can be sent to matthew@panoramajournal.org, title email: Space/Video Essay.