The 2020 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition — The Shortlist!

Congratulations to the following 13 writers for making it to the 2020 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition shortlist! A Tale of Two Homes An Unexpected Visitor Bijihuanu Customs Deep Breaths Desert Fishing Hope Pushing the Boundaries The Accidental Alpinist The Shepherd’s Table West Country, Black Hills When the Rain Comes Where Goats Climb […]

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

Once again, thank you to everyone who entered the 2018 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition. Your stories and experiences have as always taken us around the world. We appreciate all the work you put into your submissions. This year we’ve received several requests for individual feedback. Sadly, due to the large number of […]

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The 2018 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition — The Long List

First of all, thank you to everyone who sent us your words and your adventures. We were impressed with the breadth of experience represented in the more than 400 entries this year from all over the world. Here is the 2018 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition Long List, by title in alphabetical order. […]

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An Interview with Graham Mercer, winner of the 2016 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition

Graham Mercer was born and brought up south Lancashire, England. He spent nine years in the Royal Navy before becoming an elementary teacher. Mercer lived and taught for 34 years in Tanzania, East Africa where he met his Pakistani wife, Anjum. Now they live in north Cheshire, England. Interests include wildlife, writing, travel, reading, photography, […]

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A Glimpse of the Future Coming from Behind by Paula Veselovschi

The strong August winds were swiping the barren fields of this tiny village on the Bolivian shore of Lake Titicaca. Don Tomas invited me into his house. Surely, he wouldn’t leave me sitting outside to freeze. Don Tomas, the organizer of my homestay there in Santiago de Okola, was trying to get a hold of […]

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The 2016 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition — The Shortlist!

Narrowing down the field of entries this year has been a Herculean feat, one I can’t take credit for at all. This year’s judge, Paola Fornari, has had her work cut out for her. The quality of writing this year has been stunning. Many many thanks to Paola for all the time she has put […]

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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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An Island in the Baltic Sea by Pamela Hensley

My cousin Martin lives a clay-tiled house on an island in the Baltic Sea. Set back from the road, or what they call a road, a single lane of concrete slabs placed one after the other an axle-width apart, the house is one of four or five on a stretch of land above the shore. […]

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Feathered Nights by Sofia Lavista

This must be the end of civilisation. The Argentinian pampas and clear sky stretch out to infinity. We are in the north-eastern province of Entre Ríos, which, as its name states, is sandwiched between two rivers: the Parana and the Uruguay. Until the late seventies, it was an isolated island of gauchos herding cattle. Still […]

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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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