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. 


ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE READ BLIND.

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.

Please include a list of 5 to10 tag words, and a list of 2 or 3 SEO keywords as part of the submission.

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 Unpublished writers are encouraged to send in their work, just make it your best, well written, and evocative.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This journal aims to give a voice for unpublished as well as accomplished writers and those with great travel experiences.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.


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.
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. 



Are you inspired to travel again as soon as it's safe? Do you want to read other people's trips, see their photos, explore the world as they experienced it? 

Wanderlust is looking for a range of essays from across the world for our annual collection. With the pandemic having shut down most of our travels from 2020, let's start fresh with a new eye on people and places we know or want to. 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. Read the website for a sense of the aesthetics. Be kind. Be generous. Bring us with you. 

We will be publishing a print and ebook in April/May 2021. (See previous years for the last collections.) 

Essays of up to 1000 words, double spaced, no extra line breaks between sentences only sections. 

Wanderlust is looking for a range of photography from across the world for our annual collection. 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.

We will be publishing a print and ebook in April/May 2021, and photography will be featured in the ebook. (See previous years for the last collections.)

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.

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

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

#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. 

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. Please include a list of 5 to10 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. 

Have a look at your phone, which photos make you smile, even now, years later? Think about sitting at the kitchen table with us and tell us about that trip, all of it, the messy and muddled and wonder you felt. 

What else has lingered? Let us know. 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. 

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. 


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

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

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 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) written in 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. 

We also ask our contributors to 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 and a group for Wanderlust-Journal now to help create a network for us all. Please let us know where you came across our call for submissions, it helps. Thanks.

Our Editorial Team,

Tej, Kevin, Kendall, Clement and Sarah. 

Wanderlust: A Travel Journal