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Travel Writing Competition -- Semifinalists

We're excited to announce the titles of the 30 semifinalists in the 2015 I Must Be Off! travel essay contest. If the title of your entry appears on this list, you're still in the running to win. At this point, we can't announce the names of the writers since the judge, Catherine Sweeney, is still deciding on the list of finalists and the winners. Once the competition is over, we'll add the writers' names below and give you a shout out. We loved all of these pieces. Please do not indicate authorship in the comments as blind judging is still in progress! Authors names added on September 30, 2015.

A Fan of Kindness by Christine Holliday

A Leaf on the Wind by Joel Hindson

A View of One's Own by Carolin Crespo

A Vision Called Tutotepec by Maricarmen Ferrant

An Island in the Baltic Sea by Pamela Hensley

Auroville by Stefania Scardigli

Austral Summer 2015 by Evelyn Mitsunaga

Buffs and Mountain Men by Suzy Pope

Burning My Boots in Cabo Fisterra by Gabriella Brand

Crossing the Gibb by Gillian Brown

Delirium by Kristina Murty

Discovering Hen Rice in Viet Nam by Chris Galvin

An Embarrassment of Riches by Tom Leskiw

Feathered Nights by Sofia Lavista

Festivals, Freedom, Fish, and Fireworks by Susan Borgersen

Finding Home by Annie Dawid

So Much New York by Lauren Shapiro

Greek Islands Memory by Roberta Sandler

Laos, P(lease) D(on't) R(ush) by Lisa Donoghue

Loving Lost Memories by Kathy Borrus

Nothing is Out of Reach by Rachel Duffell

On a Terrace in Peru by Stacey Venzel

Space Blanket by Karen Little

Sweet Homes by David Joseph

The Gift of Oman by William Stewart

The Jungle Diaries by Irita Mishra

The Portuguese Decision by Glenn-Carol Graham

Vientiane: Then and Now by Barbara Amalberti

Where We Were Supposed to Be by Jennifer Palmer

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Much luck to all of you!

I must be off,



Christopher Allen is the author of Other Household Toxins and Conversations with S. Teri O'Type (a Satire), an episodic adult cartoon about a man struggling with expectations. Allen's writing has appeared in Indiana Review, Night Train, Quiddity, SmokeLong Quarterly: the Best of the First Ten Years anthology, Prime Number Magazine, Contrary, [PANK] blog, Necessary Fiction, Word Riot, Bootsnall Travel, Chicken Soup for the Soul and over 100 other good places. A finalist at Glimmer Train in 2011 and the winner of the Ginosko Literary Journal's Flash Fiction Award in 2015, Allen has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize twice.

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