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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 few people happy by recognizing their talent and hard work. This year, thanks to the addition of entry-fee proceeds, I'm increasing the second place prize to €75 and adding a third place prize of €25!

This year's judge, Graham Mercer, has made the following choices:

First Place

"Forbidden Fruit" by Fiona Dixon (UK)

Second Place

"Old Foreigner" by Fiona Rintoul (UK)

Third Place

"A Hit in the Himalayas" by Scott Morley (USA, South Korea)

Highly Commended

"Straight in the Eye" by Mandy Huggins (UK)

"We are Fire: the Dance of the Devils" by Michael Sealey (Spain)

"Tea with Keiko" by Maria Howard (UK)

Congratulations to all the winners, whose work will be featured at I Must Be Off! in autumn 2017.

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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