Christopher Allen, Volcano Diver
Welcome to I Must Be Off! -- the expat, gluten-free, photo-literary travel(b)logue of writer Christopher Allen . . . so you'll know where my hands have been.

My fiction and creative non-fiction have appeared in many places over the last few years. Links to these publications are at I Must Be Off! HERE. Go have a look. Many of these publications are in online journals, so they're free to read.

What I've been up to . . .

My story "Fences" took third prize in the Exeter Writers Short Story Competition. You can read it HERE.

I have a new story, "Father-Son Activity," at The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature.

My story "My Little Cuckoos" took third place in the 2016 Literal Latté fiction contest. I hope you'll pop round and give it a read and comment if you'd like: My Little Cuckoos.  

Check out my recent publications: "My Boy Winston" in Blue Fifth Review, "The Guy I Used to Date" and "What I Need to Tell the People on the Train" in FRiGG Magazine and "The Air Between Us" in Juked.

And if you haven't already entered the 2017 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition. The free entry closed on May 31! From June 1 until July 31, there's a nominal €3 charge that goes 100% towards the prize money.

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 Indiana Review, Night Train, Quiddity, SmokeLong Quarterly: the Best of the First Ten Years anthology, Prime Number Magazine, [PANK] blog, Necessary Fiction, Word Riot, Bootsnall Travel, Chicken Soup for the Soul and lots of other good places. A finalist at Glimmer Train in 2011, Allen has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize twice. In 2015 Allen was the recipient of the Ginosko Literary Journal's Flash Fiction Award. Originally from Tennessee, he now lives somewhere in Europe.     


  1. Hallo Christopher - gruesse von IKEA

    Peter und Sandra

    1. Hi, Peter and Sandra! So glad you found me. Hope to meet soon.

  2. Dear Christopher,
    Thought you'd like to know that I praise your piece from Apocrapha and Abstractions in my latest blog review.
    All my best,

    Michael A. Chaney
    Associate Professor
    Dartmouth College
    Vice Chair of the English Department
    Director, Illustration, Comics, and Animation Conference

  3. Thank you, Michael! Very much appreciated.

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