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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, if the title of your piece does not appear on the list, this means the road ends here for you.

The standard of writing has been very high this time. Arriving at a long list among such strong entries has been difficult. Congratulations to everyone who has made it this far. You are all gifted writers. And to those who are not on this list, thank you for giving us the opportunity of reading your writing. I hope you'll try again next year.

The 2017 Long List (in alphabetical order)

As blind judging is still in progress, please do NOT indicate which piece is yours if you share this on social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).

A Bulgarian Rosary
A Guilt-Tinged Antidote to Winter
A Hit in the Himalayas
A Life Less Ordinary
All Species Meet Their End
American, not blonde
An Evening in Kampot
April in Paris: Two Vignettes
A Provincial City
Armageddon Road
Becoming Habesha
Being Enchanted Again
Berlin Winter
Connemara: Home and Away
Conquering the Mountain: Peru with a Pacemaker
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Diving the North Wall
Forbidden Fruit
Greek Yogurt: The Real Deal
Hello, Vietnam
Hiking Ben Bulben
Horizontally, With Opera in the Background
How to Explain Nebraska
I wonder for a moment if I am in Heaven
I'm not one for sitting...
In a Very Smally Country, Phonsavan, Laos
Japanese Surprises
Knight of the Night
La Nebbia
Lunch in Brigadoon
Mothers of the World Unite
My Mont Blanc
New Lands, New Experiences
Nowhere is Now Here
Old Foreigner
One Night in the Thar Desert
On the Rocks
On the Way to Queen of Hills -- India
Passport Check on the Way Home
Placing Age in Perspective
Speeding through Chiapas, S-l-o-w-l-y
Starry Night
Straight in the Eye
Sunday in the Park
Tea with Keiko
The Cairo I Choose to Believe in
The Heart of Darkness
The Himba: Between Two Worlds
The Intersection of Life
The Last Resort
The Miracles of St. Naum
The Moose and the Birch Trees
The Museum of Broken Relationships
The Night of the Piranha
The No Man's Land Between Life and Death: Varanasi
The Real Girl
The Spider Web People of Manila
The Storm
The Time Trails
The Trip to Lissos
Tickled by Carrots and Foraging for French Fries
Tidings of Tussac Grass
Towering Dignity
We are Fire -- The Dance of the Devils
Winter Weirderland
Yellow Line Heading North

Congratulations again! Keep an eye on I Must Be Off! at the end of August when the shortlist will be announced. As stated above, blind judging is still in progress, so please do NOT indicate which piece is yours if you share this news on social media.

I must be off,


Christopher Allen is the managing editor at SmokeLong Quarterly. His debut flash fiction collection is forthcoming from Matter Press. Allen's fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in [PANK], Indiana Review, Juked, FRiGG, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts and others. Read his book reviews in Necessary Fiction, The Lit Pub, Fiction Southeast and others. In 2017 Allen was both a finalist (as translator) and semifinalist for The Best Small Fictions. He lives somewhere in Europe--for now.

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