2016 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition -- Contest Update!

With just a few more days left to accept entries to the 2016 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition, we have received an unprecedented number of submissions from all over the globe. This means that when July 31 has passed in American Samoa, we won't be accepting any more entries. I hope you hear that loud and clear, American Samoans.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the entrants. We have had such a great time reading your work the last couple of months, and we're still having a great time. We expect to receive incredible, compelling stories up to the last minute (looking at you, American Samoa).

As with all contests, there will be winners. I hope, though, none of you will see yourself as losers when you discover you haven't made it into the top entries. I worry about that. If this is the first competition you've entered, please know that just because you don't win one competition doesn't mean you won't win others. Keep sending your work out. Keep improving. Write something you love. I enter lots of competitions myself. I win some, and I lose lots.

We are on schedule to announce the longlist just after the competition deadline, so keep an eye on I Must Be Off! This year, due to the number of entries, we won't be able to send out personal rejections. If the name of your story is not among those on the longlist, this means yours is out of the running. But this also means you have the chance to revise your work and send it out again.

I wish you all the best of chances in this competition!

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 writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Juked, Eclectica Magazine's 20th-Anniversary Best of Speculative anthology, Indiana Review, Night Train, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, [PANK] blog, Necessary Fiction, Word Riot, Bootsnall Travel, and lots of other good places. A finalist at Glimmer Train in 2011, Allen has been nominated for Best of the Net, the storySouth Million Writers Award, and the Pushcart Prize twice.


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