We accept submissions all year and spread out different themes across the months.
We're curious to hear from those who love to wander and write about their experiences. It's a compulsion, a restlessness that keeps many of us on edge and on the move.
Be specific. Be generous. Take us with you. We're interested in your journeys, the dark underbelly, the compulsions and the incredible moments of joy that split you open. Tell a story rooted in travelling. So please: Take us with you.

The focus is on connection across the world. Keep that in mind.

Word count of 1000-1500 max. Submit in Word doc. Double spaced. No extra line breaks or spaces between paragraphs. With a title of the piece on each document. Times New Roman. 12 pt.

BIOs are limited to 25 words. Third person. Be professional.

Photos need to be numbered with your last name, a title, number and hopefully a caption. Copy that information to your cover letter please. Make it easy on us and we’re more likely to work with you. 

If you change your mind ( yes, it happens that someone decides they don't want to publish with us, not sure why but hey ho), you need to tell us. Although, from our end, previously published work is also accepted. We need to acknowledge when and where though so give us the link.


This journal aims to give a voice for unpublished as well as accomplished writers and those with great travel experiences. We don’t have the time to edit your work, sorry. If you are looking for an editor to work with, contact www.sarahleamy.com/services for a chance to work with our founder. 

Wanderlust-Journal acquires publication rights, but you, the writer, still own your work. What this means is that we hold the publication rights for 30 days after you work is posted online. After 30 days, you are free to publish and submit your work elsewhere. We kindly ask for acknowledgment for subsequent reprints of your work.


PAYMENT
Unfortunately, we are currently unable to provide payment for publication in Wanderlust-Journal. We have no funding, grants, subscriptions, advertisements or memberships. The submission fees only cover the Submittable website and our own. We are volunteers, the readers, editors, publishers. Our time is unpaid.
Our goal is to publish your work to an international audience. 



Wanderlust and Wild Dog Press are offering a publishing contract for an inspiring first person travel memoir, one that gets others to step outside their comfort zones, onto the road, and ready to explore the people and places in this wide world of ours. Take us with you, be kind, be vulnerable, and write well! 

The prize includes publication by our sister organisation, WILD DOG PRESS, of a full-length travel memoir, and a 10% royalty contract, plus shared marketing, promotion and submissions to at least three book award contests.

The judge for the 2022 WANDERLUST TRAVELOGUE is Carla King.

Carla is a world explorer who likes to bicycle, motorcycle, hike, paddle board, kayak, snorkel, dive and write about it for those who want to follow and others who say uh uh, not going there. She is most often found roaming the backroads, trails, and kelp beds of Santa Cruz, California and along the west coast of America north to Oregon and south to Baja.

ELIGIBILITY

This contest is open to any author writing in English. Individual essays from the manuscript may have been published previously in magazines, chapbooks of less than 48 pages, or anthologies, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. Translations and previously published collections are not eligible. To avoid conflict of interest, close friends of our judge or current editorial team are not eligible.

MANUSCRIPT REQUIREMENTS

  • Manuscript must be ANONYMOUS—the author’s name or address must not appear anywhere on the manuscript (title page should contain the title only so make it a good one)
  • Must be typed, standard font, 12 pt., if printed must be on standard white printer paper, unbound (binder clip or rubber bands preferred)
  • Minimum length 60,000 words.
  • Manuscript must be paginated consecutively with a table of contents and acknowledgements page (a list of publications in which poems in the manuscript have appeared)
  • Must be accompanied by a $25 submission fee

Multiple submissions are permitted if submitted separately, each with a submission fee. Once submitted, manuscripts cannot be altered. Winner will be given the opportunity to make changes before publication. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers are permitted, but please withdraw your submission if accepted elsewhere.

A winner will be selected in July, and all entrants will be notified of the winners and finalists shortly afterward. Wild Dog Press/ Wanderlust Journal considers all finalists for publication.

We are looking for a range of B&W photography and images from across the world. With the pandemic having shut down most of our travels from 2020, we're looking for your work that best captures the year: photos from quarantine and from your city, or perhaps photos from what little traveling we've been able to do. We have readers and contributors from 114 countries, over 90,000 visitors to the website in the last few years, and a growing presence at Overland and Travel trades shows. Look at the website for a sense of the aesthetics. Be kind. Be generous. Bring us with you.


1–5 images.
JPEG files.
Cover letter with places and a short bio/ links to add to the images. A sentence or two about each photograph will make your work stand out. Thanks. Each photo needs a number, title.
In the text you send, please write out a few sentences of context, story, or the narrative of the series.

GUIDELINES:
Please include a cover letter with any links and a short bio (max of 25 words) written in the third person. If not, we will not use anything but your name. 


We're not supported by advertisers, subscriptions, university presses, grants or anything but your $$ which covers most of the running costs of web, submission manager, etc. Thanks for your support in keeping this free access platform for your travel blogs.
Please let us know where you came across our call for submissions, it helps.  

If you change your mind (yes, it happens that someone decides they don't want to publish with us, not sure why but hey ho) IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO TELL US! We can't second guess what you're thinking. Same for if your piece was accepted elsewhere, you need to tell us. Although, from our end, previously published work is also accepted. We need to acknowledge when and where though so give us the link.

Our Editorial Team,
Clement, Sarah, Tej

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#Travel. #Photos. #Postcards. Look through your photos and pick just one that captures a magical moment, the essence of a place or interaction. Give us a few words as if you were sending a postcard to a friend. 50 words max.

Submissions are seen blind, so add a title to the photo. In your cover letter, use the same title. When we post, it's just your photo, your name, and your social media. Please include a list of 5 to 10 tag words, and a list of 2 or 3 SEO keywords as part of their submission.

Please let us know where you came across our call for submissions, it helps. Thanks. 

Which is your place of connection, up high, in the hills or down on the desert plains? Take us with you from one specific trip you remember clearly, something that changed you. 

We publish a wide range of styles of essays focused on personal experiences of a place and the people encountered- from both the locals and visitors' perspectives. We have writers from all over the world contributing to the journal, and would like to read and hopefully publish yours too. Conversational, respectful and inspiring tones, include photos separately if you can. 

Be specific, be generous, be kind. Be published. 

Please see our general guidelines for formatting requirements. Please let us know where you came across our call for submissions, it helps. Thanks. 

Wanderlust publishes literary travel essays and photograph by those exploring the world. Please send in your first person narratives of those adventures.  Be specific. Be generous. Take us with you. 

General Call for your travel essays that promote a sense of connection. The tone is informal, the content one of a conversation across cultures. Be kind. Be open. 


GUIDELINES:

All submissions are read BLIND> do not include your name or contact on the documents. Just add the title please. 

Word count of 1000-1500 max. Submit in Word doc. Double spaced. With your title of the piece on each document. Times font, nothing fancy, Wordpress doesn't like to work hard. Last name, title on each file. DO NOT ADD EXTRA SPACES BETWEEN LINES/paragraphs. (Reset your word doc to change that default. The extra lines mess up on Wordpress.) 

Please include a cover letter with any links and a short bio (max of 25 words) written in third person.  

If you change your mind (yes, it happens that someone decides they don't want to publish with us, not sure why but hey ho) IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO TELL US! We can't second guess what you're thinking. Same for if your piece was accepted elsewhere, you need to tell us. Although, from our end, previously published work is also accepted. We need to acknowledge when and where though so give us the link.

Our Editorial Team,

Tej, Clement, and Sarah. 

Wanderlust: A Travel Journal