The 2015 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition — The Winners!

I hope you’ve been keeping up with this year’s competition. We had an incredible variety of entries from almost all corners of the planet. Over 300 people from 43 countries sent in stories. Many of them, even though they did not make it into the semifinalist and finalist rounds, were memorable and very well written. […]

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Crossing the Gibb by Gillian Brown

‘Gooday! This is Radio 3JR. Y’all having a good time out there? Down the Gibb River Road. On the stations. As far as your ears can hear? Next up is Slim Dusty.’ As our 4×4 Toyota campervan judders over the corrugated dirt track, I turn up the volume. Australia’s brand of Country & Western fills […]

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Travel Essay Contest — The Finalists

First, I want to say thank you to all the talented writers who participated in the 2015 I Must Be Off! Travel Essay Contest. I feel as if I’ve been around the world 300 times with you all, and I’m sure this year’s judge, Catherine Sweeney, feels the same way. This year’s round-up of travel […]

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The I Must Be Off! Travel Essay Contest 2014 — Results

First, thank you to everyone who entered. We had lots of entries this year, and lots of different interpretations of the travel essay. Congratulations to the following writers. And a special thanks to this year’s judge, Robin Graham. First Place “Oh, Calcutta” by Paola Fornari   Second Place “The Scarlet Mile” by Gillian Brown   […]

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The Scarlet Mile by Gillian Brown

“This is good journalism. Both the chosen subject matter and the execution demonstrate a good grasp of story.” — Robin Graham, travel writer and judge of the 2014 I Must Be Off! Travel Essay contest ______________________ It is the first time I’ve visited a brothel. Perhaps this is why I picture a glamorous Madam, heavily […]

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