Call for Submissions

Become a Now + There contributor! We are now seeking artists, photographers, and content creators to help us launch a new blog series for the Now + There Journal. Creators of accepted submissions will receive a $50 stipend and your essay will be shared on this blog and across Now + There’s social media.

We talk a lot about amplifying new voices, lifting-up under-loved, under-appreciated places, and exploring how the many identities, cultures, traditions, and spaces of our city can inform artistic growth in Boston. Today, we’re tying those conversations together by opening up a call for submissions for original photo essays to feature on our blog, the Now + There Journal, as well as across our social media accounts.

For this series, we’re seeking collections of ten original photos that focus on one Boston neighborhood and what makes it both completely unique, as well as quintessentially “Bostonian”.


The definition of a neighborhood in this context can be as narrow as a single block or as broad as an entire zip code. Each submission should also answer the question “What is your connection to the neighborhood you photographed?” All photos should be original and taken by the artist/creator who is submitting the work.


Eligibility: Creators of any level of experience who are at least 18 years or older are invited to submit. Creators from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and physical backgrounds are encouraged to submit.

Each Entry Must Include:  

  • 10 original digital photos, all taken within one Boston neighborhood. A minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 of the photos should feature a piece of public art (in any medium) or a piece of art visible from a public space.

  • 300 - 400 words of text to help provide context for the photos — this should include a one-paragraph introduction, information on the location/places/people photographed,  insight into what inspired you to take this collection of photos, and an answer to the question “What is your connection to the neighborhood you photographed?”

Compensation: Creators of accepted submissions will receive a $50 stipend.


Publication criteria: Now + There does not guarantee publication to any entry. Photo essays will be chosen for publication on a rolling basis. Essays selected for publication should have a distinct creative point of view, highlight a particular Boston neighborhood, and offer clear context of and insight into the unique identity of the neighborhood.Creators will be notified no more than two weeks after the date of submission if their essays will be published or not. Photo essays will be laid out by Now + There and sent to creators for sign-off before publication.

Usage Rights: The artist retains all copyright to the images and text submitted. By submitting images you are giving Now + There the exclusive right to use the images online as part of our blog as well as on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and through email to promote the blog post for 12 months from the date of publication. Creators may use or sell any individual image from the photo essay as a work of art at any time, but are not to sell or re-publish the photo essay on another website for one full year from the original publication by Now + There. Artist’s recognition is provided with any use. Submitting creators will be added to Now + There email subscriber list. They may opt out using a link on each email at any time.

Photos: Dudley square, Faces of Dudley, Ryan McMahon