The I Must Be Off! Travel Essay Contest 2014 -- Results

First, thank you to everyone who entered. We had lots of entries this year, and lots of different interpretations of the travel essay. Congratulations to the following writers. And a special thanks to this year's judge, Robin Graham. 

First Place

"Oh, Calcutta" by Paola Fornari

Second Place

"The Scarlet Mile" by Gillian Brown

Third Place

Highly Commended

"Walking Istanbul" by Ana Astri- O'Reilly
"Whale Mothers" by Dawn Langley
"Harvest Time" by Rilla Norslund
"Genka Deska" by Alyson Hilbourne

Readers' Choice Award

"Bodrum Turkey's San Tropez" by Jack Scott

I must be off,


Christopher Allen is the author of Conversations with S. Teri O'Type (a Satire), an episodic adult cartoon about a man struggling with expectations. Allen's award-winning fiction and non-fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Indiana Review, Quiddity, SmokeLong Quarterly's Best of the First Ten Years anthology, Prime Number Magazine, The Best of Every Day Ficton, PANK, Necessary Fiction, Word Riot, Bootsnall Travel and Chicken Soup for the Soul. A finalist at Glimmer Train in 2011, Allen has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize twice.


  1. Congratulations to the winners - I enjoyed reading all of the entries. It must have been a tough job for Robin to pick a winner from such great essays. Thank you for running this contest,Christopher, and for bringing some great travels writes to our attention.

  2. Congratulations, I am off to read them now!

  3. Congratulations to all the winners.

  4. A bronze AND a gold. I'm really chuffed. Thank you!


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