We publish nonfiction in the form of blog posts, articles, profiles, features, reviews and essays up to 500 words. We also publish photography and art related to our mission. Content is written by our staff of volunteers and guest contributors. Please continue reading to learn how to submit your ideas.

Longer literary nonfiction works, as well as fiction and poetry, is published in our annual New Southerner Literary Edition. To be considered for publication, you must enter our literary contest. Click here for Contest Submissions Guidelines.


  • Our content is written for a general audience.
  • We do not publish scholarly articles or deeply political work.
  • Our goal is to provide readers inspiration and instruction for living the good life.
  • By that, we mean a simpler lifestyle centered on family, friends, home and neighborhood—a lifestyle of true freedom from the rat-race cycle of earn and spend. Among the principles we aim to teach are responsible consumption, ways for coping with commercial culture, and respect for and a deeper understanding of the natural world and our rightful place within it.
  • We do not preach environmentalism alone, but focus instead on:

•    the interconnectedness of all living organisms;
•    the economical and environmental benefits of recycling, reducing and reusing;
•    the practicality of supporting local economies and independent businesses;
•    conservation as a matter of faith and higher consciousness;
•    and agrarianism and domestic work as means of self-sufficiency.


For work that appears in the online edition, we pay up to $15, depending on the availability of funds and our need for the material. We cover terms individually with contributors prior to publication. *Editor’s Note, July 1, 2012: We are currently unable to pay online contributors, but please know that we value the profession and are working diligently to replenish funds for this purpose.


Our latest feature, The Offline blog, chronicles the experiences of everyday folks who voluntarily unplug. Guest bloggers shut off their cellphone and log off the internet for 24 hours, then write a 300-word essay about the experience. Click here for submission guidelines and submission form.

If you would like to submit a previously unpublished article, feature, profile, recipe column, interview or other nonfiction material up to 500 words, or a photo for the “Photo of the Day” feature, please use the Contact Form.

To submit previously unpublished poetry and prose, click here for Contest Submissions Guidelines.

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