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Barn Raiser

Reimagining Rural Cartographies Call For Work

Location: National
Type: Call for Submissions
Any discipline

Deadline: 03/15/2024

Other Criteria:
Open to artists nationally
Paid opportunity ($1,000 for Reported stories 1,000-1,500 words; Essays up to 2,500 words; or Photo essays of 15-20)


Reimagining Rural Cartographies: Mapping a Way Forward

Barn Raiser, a nonprofit media outlet that publishes independent news, analysis and information to support diverse, civically engaged and dynamically connected rural and small town communities, is commissioning a series of arts and culture stories.

Stories (including creative nonfiction, reported stories, and photo essays) will explore the work of artists, environmental stewards, community organizers and artistic and social justice movements informing Midwestern creativity and social change, with a focus on reimagined or nontraditional forms of cartography and mapping.

Stories in this series will explore work made by people living in rural areas and small towns or work that reflects what’s happening in rural communities and small towns within Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and the Native Nations that share this geography.

The theme of mapping could be expressed through the story’s subject or its construction. For example, a story could explore the work of someone who is combining art and data to map the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women/Relatives (MMIW/R) crisis, a photo essay could create a map of the work of citizen environmental stewards, etc. Pitches that highlight the work of artists who are members of communities that have been historically marginalized will be prioritized.

Interested writers or photographers: Please send a 200-300 word description of your idea to Lydia at and 2-4 links to recent and relevant work. If accepted, we will work together to determine the best timeline for your project. Each project comes with a $1,000 stipend.