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

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 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Unpublished writers are encouraged to send in their work, just make it your best, well written, and evocative.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This is a work in process to give a voice for unpublished as well as accomplished writers. 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 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. 

Would you like to get a signed copy of the award-winning travel memoir by Sarah Leamy, the Managing Editor of Wanderlust? 

2017 Grand Winner Great Northwest Book Contest

2018 Finalist NM/AZ Book Awards

The housesitter backed out only days before the planned departure, so Little Stevie would be coming with them after all. Three months, two dogs, and one cat: What could go wrong?
With her two friendly pups, and a somewhat feral cat called Stephen, Sarah explored the backroads of the Northwest. Passing through Colorada, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon, this little family stumbled across little rural villages, lakes aplenty, and many a microbrewery, chatting to the locals along the way.
Sarah's stories remind us of Bill Bryson, The Tao of Pooh, and Blue Highways, in a unique blend of anecdotes of the people met, historical facts, and aided by just a little imagination. The one and only fabulist travel memoir.
Sarah Leamy is an award winning novelist, a freelance travel writer, and photographer.


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. 

Have you taken to the road in a vehicle of some sorts? Where are you now? What's next? Given that my own travelogue, Van Life, has won a couple of awards, I wanted you to share your own Overland Travels, the vehicle dependent form of exploring new places. #overlandexpo #expeditionportal #overlandlifers #vanlife

 Be specific. Be generous. Take us with you. 

A Narrative Map 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. We average at about 4,000 readers permonth from all over the globe. Writers have come from 64 countries and readers from 114.  It's incredible and we're so proud of creating this venue for us all to talk about the places we love. Be part of the community and conversation. Support the writers, share the content, and shop for their travel books.


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

If you would like to include 3-5 high res photos, I'd love that. 

Please include a cover letter with any links and a short bio (max of 50 words). 

The reading fee covers the costs of the Submittable service, the WLJ website, and only slightly covers our time reading, 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 that this is a labour of love.

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