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The Seventh-annual I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition Long List

Thank you to everyone who entered this year. Thank you for sharing your adventures, your disasters (quite a few disastrous stories this time), and your inspiring moments on the road. This year 25 of you made it to the long list. Congratulations to all of you. Please keep an eye on I Must Be Off! in the coming weeks for the short list. As blind judging is still in progress, please refrain from divulging on social media which entry is yours.

The Long List:

A Tale of Two Homes

An Unexpected Visitor



Deep Breaths

Desert Fishing


Alicudi's Witches and the Flying Bread

City of Light, Table for One

Driving Alone

Once in a Lifetime

Prologue to Prague

Pushing the Boundaries

Seeing in the Darkness

Seoul Mates



The Accidental Alpinist

The Garden of Dreams

The Gestation Period

The Shepherd's Table

The Wedding Guest

West Country, Black Hills

When the Rain Comes

Where Goats Climb Trees


Again, congratulations to everyone on the long list! If you did not make it this time, there's always next year!

I must be off,


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