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Readers’ Choice Award 2018

We have a clear winner! With over 1000 views, Brittany Rohm’s “Beyond the Reef” is the winner of the Readers’ Choice Award in the 2018 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing competition. This means we’ll be sending Britanny €50 in the next few minutes. Congratulations to everyone who made the long- and shortlists in the […]

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New Story at Longleaf Review

Thank you so much to the editors of Longleaf Review for believing in my story, “Blood Brother.” The blood-red lake they’ve chosen as the background art is perfect. Check out the 28 other pieces in the issue. There’s so much going on in this brief piece of fiction. With 911 right there in the middle […]

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What People are Saying about Other Household Toxins

Hey, adorable IMBO readers! My flash fiction collection, Other Household Toxins, came out in January. I love all the stories in the collection. I love the cover art. I love the reviews people have been writing. And I hope you love it too. If you live in the US, you can buy it on Amazon. […]

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Cycling in Munich — Tips from a Local

Bike and Biergarten — Great CombinationI was not raised with a bicycle. Or maybe I had one for 10 minutes when I was 10–before it was stolen. Nashville, at least way back when I was a kid, was not a place for bikes. Munich, my home now, is. It’s not Beijing, but it’s certainly bike-friendly–or […]

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My Name is Mai by J L Hall

Every time I climb the stairs to the Skywalk, I look for her. For Mai, small and filthy in her yellow dress. She sits here against a pillar, baht scattered and glinting around her, a tattered cardboard sign propped in her lap etched in marker pen that says: My Name Is Mai. I think she […]

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Not Your Mother’s Travel Porn by Douglas Weissman

We came to theboma, a gate that encircled the village beneath the shadows of the distant mountains. Outside the main streets of Arusha, hidden in the brush and discarded trash that bordered some semblance of harvested gardens, we followed our Maasai guide as he toured us through the local village. The sunlight in the Tanzanian […]

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A Fighter in the Waste by Nolan Janssens

Tossing dead scorpions to chickens, slicing through a tangle of thorny scrub with a machete, and shitting in a dirt hole has become our daily routine. The cattle-pen that we had volunteered to build is almost complete. Our goal is to help an orphanage near Chinandega (Nicaragua) become self-sustainable, but we haven’t yet spent time […]

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A Peaceful Warzone by Hannah Elkak

During the first 12 hours in Aleppo, we hadn’t seen any war. It was almost as if everything we had seen on TV and the harrowing pictures splashed on front pages were a fabrication. On the street outside the flat, Wissam’s uncle and I waited in his car whilst Wissam ran back home to collect […]

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Beyond the Reef by Brittany Rohm

Warm water licked my bare feet as I waded into the South Pacific. Sand the color of lightly toasted sugar tickled my toes. Behind me, towering palms swayed in the sea-salt breeze, guarding the tiny island of Lifou. Through the narrow strip of jungle, in the protected bay on the opposite side, swimmers bunched together, […]

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The 2018 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition — The Results!

Again this year the I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition has been a storm of stories from around the world. From the mountains of India to the depths of the oceans, from Mongolia to Maine, you’ve taken us there–and for this we’re grateful. We love being part of your adventures. This year’s judge has […]

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