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Announcing The Second Annual I Must Be Off! Travel Essay Contest

Last year we had a lot of great entries. Some stories were stirring accounts of trips abroad; others were informative, anecdotal or humorous--or all the above. Regardless of how you interpret the idea "travel essay," your entry should give your reader a strong sense of place. I Must Be Off! welcomes entries in English from all over the world. See full guidelines below.

Travel Writer Robin GrahamThis year's judge is travel writer and photographer Robin Graham. In addition to writing his blog a lot of wind..., Graham has also published dozens of travel stories and articles, mostly about Spain.


The Guidelines:

Maximum 1200 words

Edited to the best of your ability for spelling, grammar and punctuation

Up to three photos may be submitted with your entry (photos NOT necessary to win, but pretty)

Previously unpublished work only! Blog posts are considered published.

No entry fee. Yes, that's right. But may we suggest that you join the site and encourage your 5000 Facebook friends to do the same? (Also NOT necessary to win, but very pretty!)

Open to anyone worldwide, but you need a PayPal account

Entries must be in English

One entry per person

Deadline for submissions: June 30, 2014 [CLOSED]

Send entries with a 50-word bio to christopher.imustbeoff@googlemail.com with the heading TRAVEL ESSAY CONTEST.

All entries will be read blind by this year's judge, travel writer Robin Graham. It is not necessary to delete identifying information. If your name is on your entry, it will be removed.

Word doc, docx and rtf files only please.

Finalists and Winners announced July 31, 2014

The Prizes:

The Top essays will be published at I Must Be Off!

Second place prize: $50

First place prize: $75

In addition to the above prizes, we've decided to add a Third place prize ($20) and a Readers' Choice Award ($50) based on unique hits and comments tallied on August 10.

If you have any questions, please send an email to the address above. Happy writing to you all. I look forward to reading your work.

I must be off,


Christopher Allenis the author ofConversations 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, Camroc Press Review, PANK, 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. He is the managing editor of the daily litzine Metazen.

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