The literary journal Ballyhoo is considering essays for their Fifty States Project. One story will be chosen to represent each state in the U.S. They are still accepting submissions for all states except: New York, Delaware, New Jersey, Ohio, California, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Indiana. Check out their submissions page for more information.
The focus of the stories is the people and culture of the state, and each story should be 5,000 words or less.
The deadline is October 31, 2007. It doesn't look like there is any payment - just a writing clip and that literary glow from being published in Ballyhoo.