Monday, December 12, 2016


Our Mission Statement
Committed to the new possibilities of sustainable production and writing, the Twin Cities Runoff is a progressive online magazine that celebrates our local culture and community.

Founded in 2010, Twin Cities Runoff publishes every Wednesday. Our first published piece examined women and bike culture in the Twin Cities because we noticed that local magazines would publish stories on bicycles and rarely included quotes or profiles of women. We published six more stories in 2010, and we’ve been publishing weekly since February 9, 2011.

We value longer, in-depth work that connects us to our neighborhoods and environment. We publish stories that encompass and support local culture, rather than profiles or reviews. We work creatively and independently and think of media as a storytelling tool that enables and inspires citizens and communities.

For another contemplation of community, check out this essay.

What’s this all about?

Twin Cities Runoff wants to tell stories. We want to see our spectacular seven-county metro area through as many viewpoints as possible, draw the connections between our people and our surroundings, and expand the definition of “culture.” We want our readers to engage with the streets of their commutes and their communities and to expect more than highlights and opinions. We want to know and share what’s happening, and we want a lasting record of the Twin Cities as it was in 2010, 2011, and on and on.

What do you mean by Runoff?

Runoff is what is left over and not absorbed by the ground after it rains, or when piles and piles of snow are melting. Runoff flows through the streets and lawns, collecting dirt and trash and treasure and bringing it to the river, so it can start all over again. Our magazine is the reading runoff: what got missed in the main streams of the news cycle and lifestyle publications.

And although we like elections, running, water systems, and environmentalism, this magazine isn’t focusing on any of those things. We’re telling the stories that are uncovered by looking at the world from different perspectives, the stories that we see when we let our surroundings thaw.

Who are you?

We are a group of local writers, artists, culturemakers, and gadabouts who are a little bit in love with DIY internet publishing. We wanted to see something different from existing media outlets so we decided to make a magazine that explores our communities creatively and enables us—including you, of course, reader—to learn more about where we live.

You can also read our bios here.

What kinds of work do you publish?

All kinds! But mainly long-form nonfiction writing—such as investigative journalism, explorations of neighborhoods, features on cultural phenomena, and personal essays—with occasional fiction, poetry, multimedia content, and visual arts.

What does sustainable production mean?

Our main goal is to publish quality writing and art and to compensate contributors. We’re looking at new types of economic models to provide this financial support.

Although we will provide editorial services (like copy editing and fact checking), contributors will also retain full rights to their own work, allowing them to reproduce it and continue their own creative habits.

What does sustainable writing mean?

Sustainable writing sticks in your mind long after reading it. It’s not just a quick profile, or a good or bad review. It’s detailed, engaging, and fills your environment with possibility.

How can I contribute to the Twin Cities Runoff?

If you want to contribute writing, art, or any kind of content, please read our submission guidelines, then email We also suggest signing up for our Opportunities for Writers, Artists, and Photographers mailing list, which is sent when we’re looking for specific pitches.

Who publishes the Twin Cities Runoff?

We do! We’re an independent publication, and we all live in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

How can I get involved?

We openly search for regular volunteers for our production staff on occasion, but in the meantime, sign up for our general mailing list or just email with general questions.

How can I join the Runoff’s network of local sponsors?

Please email for details.

Do you accept donations?

Yes! Twin Cities Runoff is funded by sponsorship and donations, and we need your help to continue. Click here to donate, or email

All donations go toward compensating contributors and sustaining content.

Twin Cities Runoff is a sponsored project of Springboard for the Arts, a nonprofit arts service organization.