We accept submissions all year and spread out different themes across the months.
For Wanderlust-Journal: 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 and on this sharing platform of travel blogs, 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.
For Wild Dog Press: See specific calls for chapbook length projects.
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.
Last name-title on all your documents.
BIOs are limited to 25 words. We'll use the first 25 only so make them count.
Please sign up on the website or FB page of the same name.
For photos see the other 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Unpublished writers are encouraged to send in their work, just make it your best, well written, and evocative.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This is a work in process to give a voice for unpublished as well as accomplished writers and those with great travel experiences.
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.
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.
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 3-5 images.
In fact, we don't make any money. The cost of Submittable, the domain name and hosting, and limited marketing, means that we don't get paid for sharing your work. Please consider becoming a Patron of the site https://www.patreon.com/wanderlustjournal.
Or create a Contributor's Profile with links to your work on the internet, photos, bios, all of it for less than $3 month. With that you get your work out to approx 4000 readers per month all over the world.
Wanderlust is an online resource for personal travel narratives, sketches, and images by those who appreciate exploring the world and sharing those stories with others. Be part of the community and conversation. Share your work with us and over 58,000 visitors from 114 countries so far.
Be specific. Be generous. Take us with you.
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 (max of 50 words).
We're not supported by advertisers, subscriptions, university presses, grants or anything but your $5 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 journals.
We ask our contributors that they sign up on the website to receive other's essays and photos. This way we build community and create a conversation rather than just publishing our own stories and not reading the others. There is also a FB page for Wanderlust-Journal now to help create a network for us all.
Sarah and the Editorial Team
If you have become a regular writer or photographer featured on this curated content sharing platform, then a profile page is available. Your work will be linked to your profile. You can send in a full resume, photos, social media links, and your own website links.
We're a hub for individual travel blogs, writers, and travelers. Let's find a wider readership together. Make this community expand our reputations and validate our experiences.
$30 per calendar year. One update included in original fee.
See the website's menu and click on Contributors. You'll see mine as an example for what to include.
Word doc, 12 pt Times Roman, and please check your own grammar and spellings. Thanks.
Imagine finding the kind of books you only dreamt of reading, the stories you’d hoped for as a kid and again as an adult. The ones that you’d not find in the local Barnes and Noble, or the front stacks at the library. Imagine scooting around, seeking out lonely lost books on the lower shelves, pulling out interesting titles, intruiged by the odd sizes and various colors, and then finding that the work grabs you, takes you somewhere new, by an author you’d not heard of, or imagine that a story woke you up on some stratosphere. These are the books we crave. To read. To publish. Now imagine sending in your work to us.
We're looking for 40-80 page manuscripts of weird and wonderful fiction. The kind that won't find a home with other publishers for one reason or another.
Nothing sexist, racist, homophobic or otherwise mean-spirited and closed-minded. We want to build community not divide people. Stories connect us.
Times New Roman, double spaced, no extra spaces between paragraphs, and cut out the exclamation marks.
We'll be looking to pick one ms in the summer and publish online and in print in the late fall. It's a collaborative effort though, much of the marketing and publicity is shared. We'll do what we can but you'll need to take an active role.
Still interested? Good. Send us your stories.
Published by Wild Dog Press (who published Wanderlust Journal Anthology 2019). Using Print on Demand at KDP for now and with 10% royalties through their processing.
If you have enjoyed reading these travel stories, please consider donating towards my costs and time. The income from submissions only barely covers the fees for Submittable, Wordpress and advertising. My time this last year has been 100% volunteer.
Donations would help keep the conversation going.
Wanderlust is expanding to include photographs as requested! We will be looking for high quality photos that inspire, that evoke more than a pretty picture or a phone snapshot, we are a narrative based map of our travel stories. Show us the details that struck home, that will inspire others. Please don't send in random pictures from a holiday but create a cohesive sense of place or the people.
Thank you for being part of the conversation about people, place, and community.
Jpeg files. (Higher quality is best.)
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.
We ask our contributors (suggest) that they sign up on the website to receive other's essays and photos. This way we build community and create a conversation rather than just publishing our own stories and not reading the others. There is also a FB page for Wanderlust-Journal now to help create a network for us all. Thanks again, take care,