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

Submissions closed! Please keep an eye on I Must Be Off! in August when the long list will be announced! It’s that time of year again!Time to type up those travel articles, travel stories and travel reflections. We want to read about that place that changed you, about the experiences you can’t wait to share […]

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The Fifth Annual I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition — The Winners!

Thank you to every writer who shared your adventure with us. I am amazed every year by the breadth of experience entrants bring to this competition. The worst part about a competition is that almost everyone who enters will be disppointed in the end. The best part is the opportunity of making at least a […]

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The 2017 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition — The Shortlist!

Congratulations to all of the solid writers whose travel pieces have made the 2017 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition Shortlist. Such talent makes choosing winners very hard. You have taken us around the world again with smart, crisp prose. Each of these entries is a gem. A very special thanks goes out to […]

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The 2017 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition Long List!

It’s been another great year of travel writing. Just over 500 entries from all over the world came in this year, most during the free-entry period. If the title of your piece appears on the list below, you are still in the running to win the 2017 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition. Sadly, […]

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The Fifth Annual I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition

It’s that time of year again! Time to type up those travel articles, travel anecdotes and travel reflections. We want to read about that place that changed you, about the experiences you can’t wait to share with other travelers. Whether your work is humorous, informative, quirky or profound–send it in. This year, submissions are free […]

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To Carry Her Home: The Bath Flash Fiction Anthology Volume One

I won a beauty contest! No kidding. But it’s not what you think. I learned that my story had made the shortlist in the Bath Flash Fiction competition while I was hiking the Sentiero degli dei (the Path of the Gods) on the Amalfi Coast, so of course the memory of my trip to Naples […]

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The Fourth Annual I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition — The Longlist!

If you need unquestionable confirmation that global warming is real, look no further than the entries to the 2016 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition. Hundreds of the 647 entries this year began with the broiling sun, oppressive heat, sweltering temps and lots of, well, sweat. The world is getting hotter, and so are […]

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On a Terrace in Peru by Stacey Venzel

Mistakes abound when you’re frolicking in a foreign country. Language barriers, wrong turns and cultural faux pas are common threads between travelers. I once asked a waiter at a restaurant in Latin America if I should “sentirme” instead of “sentarme,” the difference between “feel myself” and “seat myself.” In Portugal, I took a path less […]

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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 […]

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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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