We accept submissions all year and spread out different themes across the months. Please check back. 

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. 

If your word document has your name or info on, it will be rejected. Please include a cover letter saying why this piece is a good fit for our readers. 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 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.

Please contact us if you have any questions that can’t be answered by using the contact page below. Unpublished writers are encouraged to send in their work, just make it your best, well written, and evocative.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. If you are looking for an editor to work with, contact www.sarahleamy.com/services for a chance to work with our founder. 

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This journal aims to give a voice for unpublished as well as accomplished writers and those with great travel experiences.

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. 

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Travel Photos. Postcards. 

We're looking to start back up a version of the postcard series. We did it last year and we got such great feedback that here we go again. It's a sweet project since we're staying home. Look through your photos and pick just one that captures a magical moment, the essence of a place or interaction. No text but for place. We'll add your name to the publication if picked. Sound good? 

Submissions are seen blind so add a title to the photo. In your cover letter, use the same title. We'll post with your name, and social media links. 

We have over 50,000 views per year, so let us share your images with our international audience. Thanks. 

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Solo or with others, tell us a story about a trip you remember and you're not sure why. What has lingered? Be specific, be generous, be kind. 

Please see our general guidelines for formatting requirements. Do not add your name to the document. All submissions are read blind. We'll have to reject yours if your name appears on the essay. Thanks. 

Wanderlust is 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 waterscapes.
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 same thing with a few sentences on context, story, narrative of the series. 

All submissions are read BLIND> do not include your name or contact on the documents. Just add the title please. Your work will be automatically rejected if the name is on there.
Please include a cover letter with any links and a short bio (max of 25 words) written in the third person.
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.

Our Editorial Team,
Clement, Sarah, Tej, Kendall and Kevin


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Are living on the road? Have you taken to the road in a vehicle of some sorts? Where are you now? What's next? Given that our CEO's travelogue, Van Life, has won a couple of awards, we wanted you to share your own Overland Travels, the vehicle dependent form of exploring new places.  Be specific. Be generous. Take us with you. 

All submissions are read blind so please use the title on all docs and related photos. 

Wanderlust: A Travel Journal