Contest Update–Submissions Closed!

First of all, thank you all for making the 2016 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition a busy task for myself and this year’s judge, Paola Fornari. We have been around the world with you and back. All the entries are in and the final decisions are being made. A longlist of the top […]

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Announcing the Fourth Annual I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition!

If you’re looking for the 2017 Competition, go HERE! It’s that time of year again: time to type up those travel articles, travel anecdotes and travel reflections. If it’s about travel, we want to read it. We want to read about that place that changed you.We want to read about the experiences you can’t wait […]

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Travel Writing Competition — Semifinalists

We’re excited to announce the titles of the 30 semifinalists in the 2015 I Must Be Off! travel essay contest. If the title of your entry appears on this list, you’re still in the running to win. At this point, we can’t announce the names of the writers since the judge, Catherine Sweeney, is still […]

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Announcing the Third Annual I Must Be Off! Travel Essay Contest!

It’s that time of year again: time to type up those travel articles, travel anecdotes and travel reflections. If it’s about travel, we want to read it. We want to read about that place that changed you.We want to read about the experiences you can’t wait to share with other travelers. Whether your work is […]

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Looking Back at 2013 — An I Must Be Off! Retrospective

I’ve been so busy with the present that I haven’t had one second to sit down and reflect on the past. Finally, today I’m sitting at home all alone with nothing to do. I’ve cleaned the house. I even mopped the stairwell yesterday (but I heard the tenants upstairs doing the same thing two hours […]

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Winners of the First Annual I Must Be Off! Travel Essay Contest

First of all, thank you to everyone who entered your work in this competition. Your essays have taken me and my readers to far-flung and thought-provoking places–from Savar to Scotland, from Cairns to Cambodia, from Madeira to Matheran. They’ve challenged us to see the world from fresh angles, and I’m proud to have all of […]

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Contests! Contests! Contests!

At the moment I’m hosting TWO contests. You might have heard about the contest at this blog. Here is the LINK to that one, and there is only one more week to enter! It’s a travel essay contest with monetary prizes and books to win. It’s fairly easy to enter, but I would like to […]

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Expat Author Interview with Claudia from Expatclic.com

Claudia from Expatclic.com v:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} Claudia is the founder and coordinator of the website Expatclic.com. After having lived in Sudan, Angola, Guinee-Bissau, Congo Brazzaville, Honduras and Peru, she is presently enjoying a rich and interesting life in Jerusalem. Claudia has two children and speaks Italian, English, French, Spanish and […]

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The First Annual Travel Essay Contest at I Must Be Off!

___________________________ If you are looking for the current contest (2017) guidelines, go HERE! I Must Be Off! wants your travel essays. They could be informative, humorous, compelling, or thought-provoking. Or all of the above. They should grab the reader and take them on a journey to a place you love or hate or at least […]

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