Welcome to Wanderlust where we focus on sharing stories of place and the people that make it special. 

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 exploring places. 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 your last name, a title, 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This journal aims to give a voice for unpublished as well as accomplished writers and those with great travel experiences.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. 



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Where do you call home? And why that particular place? Take us inside life in your hometown, whatever that means to you. A moment, a day, an interaction. Be immediate and engaging in letting us see the magic or mundane that holds you. Please see the website for the tone we're drawn to. Conversational, informal, generous, and connected. 


Please send 3 photos seperately as high res jpeg files. 

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

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. 


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. 


VCFA ALUMNX ONLY: 

Considering that we're losing our campus in Montpelier, let's take a moment to tell each other about our time there. Take us inside life within the VCFA campus/Montpelier, whatever that means to you. A moment, a day, an interaction. Be immediate and engaging in letting us see the magic or mundane that fed you.  Conversational, informal, generous, and connected. 


Please send 3 photos separately as high res jpeg files.  

Please include when you graduated, in which genre (if you like) and any links within a short bio (max of 25 words).

We're not supported by advertisers, subscriptions, university presses, grants or anything but your $$ which covers most of the running costs of the website, submission manager, etc. No worries if you can't! 


Sleam 

(Sarah Leamy, VCFA 2019, Fiction)

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Show us the contours and the faces etched into your home or the places you've been. Color-burst murals on brick walls, spray-paint sculptures, street performances. If it's art and there's a street, it counts. We want high-quality photos that give us a narrative-based map of our travel stories. Show us the details that struck home, that will inspire others. 


1-5 images.
Jpeg files. (Higher quality is best.) NOT IN WORD DOCS!
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. 


 

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How do you find the experience of working in other countries? Take us along as you navigate working rather than passing through communities as a tourist. 

Wanderlust publishes literary travel essays and photographs by those exploring the world. Please send in your first-person narratives of those adventures.  Be specific. Be generous. The tone is informal, the content one of a conversation across cultures. 


GUIDELINES:

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. 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.

Thanks!

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Would you like to share your own travel blog to an international audience? We have readers from over 112 countries during the last five years. Have a look at the site and you'll see a new section with direct links to various world travelers. For as little as $12 year, you can publish through our website. Not bad, eh? 

So, if you have enjoyed reading these travel stories, please become a sponsor and your $$ help towards the running costs and time. The income from submissions only barely covers the fees for Submittable, Wordpress and advertising. All work is done by Sarah and a team of volunteers. Please help out! 

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