We accept submissions all year.

As there has been such an incredible response, we're opening this up even further. No longer just once a month, we will publish one essay narrative or set of photos three times per week. We're thrilled to share your stories. Thank you for trusting us. 

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We're curious to hear from those who just love to wander. It's a compulsion, a restlessness that keeps many of us on edge and on the move. Mythology talks of the wandering fool, the messenger archetypes and here you can read in our own words all about our motivations and inspirations and include your own.

Upcoming themes in the New Year of 2018. 

January: Firsts. 

February: Solo Travellers.

March: Madness. 

April: The Unexpected. 

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.

GUIDELINES:

Please include a cover letter with a short bio.

Word count of 2000 max. Submit in Word doc. Double spaced. With your name and title of the piece on each document. Times New Roman. 12 pt. 

Previously published work is accepted.

We're looking for a conversational and informal tone that is well written.

Photos, essays, art, cartoons, prose and poetry are all accepted. Encouraged. 

For photos see the submittable form as it will allow you to submit up to 5 images. 

Please contact us if you have any questions that can't be answered by using the contact page on the website. 

Unpublished writers are encouraged to send in their work, just make it your best, well written, and evocative. We don't have the time to edit your work, sorry.  

Previously published work is also accepted. 

This is a work in process to give a voice for unpublished as well as accomplished writers. It is a new project that will gain momentum as we spread the word. It already has expanded beyond our expectations, thank you. 

Wanderlust-Journal acquires first 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. One of our long term goals is to reach that point. 

We have no funding, grants, subscriptions or memberships. The submission fees only cover the Submittable website and our own. We are volunteers, the readers, editors, publishers. 

 

While we have your attention! 

  • We accept simultaneous submissions.  Please immediately notify us if your work has been accepted elsewhere. 
  • We ask that you limit your submissions to one essay. 
  • For photos, please use the relevant form that will allow you to send in 5 images. 


$5.00

Wanderlust is an online journal publishing travel narratives, sketches, and images by new, emerging and established writers. 

Wanderlust will be available in print in 2018 (with copies at cost for all contributors, this is not a for profit journal but a collaboration). 

Wanderlust. Nomad. Wanderer. Traveller. Adventurer. Explorer. Insatiably curious or easily bored? How would you define Wanderlust? How do you explain your need to hit the road again? Can you? As Bill Bryson said in the 2016 Best of American Travel Essays, he travels simply because it gives him pleasure.

We accept submissions all year. All work will be considered for the quarterly online magazine and for the annual print issue out May 2018.

We're curious to hear from those who just can't stop heading out to wander. It's a compulsion, a restlessness that keeps us on edge and on the move. Mythology talks of the wandering fool, the messenger archetypes and here you can read in our own words all about our motivations and inspirations and include your own.

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.

GUIDELINES:

Word count of 2000 max. Submit in Word doc. Double spaced. With your name and title of the piece on each document.

Please include a cover letter with any links and a short bio. 

Photos, essays,  art, cartoons, prose and poetry are all accepted.

Unpublished writers are encouraged to send in their work, just make it your best! Previously published work is also accepted with links to acknowledge the fact.

Fresh, unique and engaging stories. Take us with you.

This is a work in process to give a voice for unpublished as well as accomplished writers.This is a new endeavor. We are MFA students in Writing and Publishing. We want to develop a publication online and once a year in print for new, emerging, and established writers with a focus on travel, community and identity. 

The reading fee covers the costs of the Submittable service, the website, reading times, editing, formatting, publishing, promoting and marketing. Your fee is a drop in the ocean but it is an exchange, like anything, we give and receive. This is the intention. Thank you for understanding. 

The Editorial Team at Wanderlust Journal.