WHAT WE’RE ABOUT
Terra Incognita is about pushing the limits and thinking outside the box. It's not your average climbing magazine. It's about using climbing as a vehicle for expression, art, humanity, and life lessons. It is a collaboration at heart: individual artists coming together to create meaningful content in order to shake the status quo. Terra Incognita explores the complex relationship between humanity and wilderness, pays homage to the history of climbing, delivers journalism about important environmental issues, all while offering a feminist lens.
Creative. Disruptive. Free thinking.
WHAT WE WANT
Journalism, storytelling, interviews, commentary, criticism, essays, and poetry. Gritty, raw, funny, shocking, offensive, thought-provoking stuff about climbing.
We want to hear about your experience of going into the unknown and coming out wide-eyed. We want to hear about your ego’s ass getting kicked. Show us your research, your analysis, your insights, your scars. No diary entries, please.
PRINT JOURNAL GUIDELINES
Features are 2,000 to 2,500 words of meaty critiques, essays, and articles on climbing culture.
Field Notes are 1,000-1,500 word columns on climbing culture with pieces taking the form of reviews, critical essays, Q&As, climber profiles, crag stories, updates, gear reviews, and tips.
The Crux is made up of witty, wry reflections of climbing culture in a quick, accessible format.
Reviews We also feature film, music, and book reviews. Keep in mind the timeliness of your review.
Climbing Mixtape In addition to article pitches, we are always looking for music fans to curate climbing playlists!
Got a tip? If you have an idea for something we should feature, but don't want to write about it yourself, we're happy to take your suggestions.
PHOTOGRAPHY ILLUSTRATION GUIDELINES
We are looking for artistic, unique photography. Photos of climbers are great because it is a climbing journal. But keep in mind that we are looking for our contributors to be creative. We want to capture climbers and the climbing world in an alternative light. Maybe some close ups of chalked hands, chapped lips, bleeding tips, blown out shoes, the campfire, candid smiles, or lounging on a rock in a big expanse. Images of sends and failures alike are welcome.
We accept climbing photography, illustrations, infographics, and comics.
ONLINE MEDIA GUIDELINES
We want your serene, epic, introspective, loud or quiet climbing videos. We like posting videos by genuine thinkers and big picture people. We also like brainstorming ideas for a short film that hasn’t been made yet, so talk to us about what you’re cooking up and we can collaborate. Because collaboration is a beautiful thing.
COLLABORATION IS A BEAUTIFUL THING
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Photography by Connor O'Brien