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. 

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.


This journal aims to give a voice for unpublished as well as accomplished writers and those with great travel experiences.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



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.
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.  

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.

Our Editorial Team,
Clement, Sarah, Tej, Kendall 

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#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. 50 words max.

Submissions are seen blind, so add a title to the photo. In your cover letter, use the same title. When we post, it's just your photo, your name, and your social media. Please include a list of 5 to 10 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. 

We publish a wide range of styles of essays focused on personal experiences of a place and the people encountered- from both the locals and visitors' perspectives. We have writers from all over the world contributing to the journal, and would like to read and hopefully publish yours too. Conversational, respectful and inspiring tones, include photos, take us with you. 

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. 

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.

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 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.

Our Editorial Team,

Tej, Kevin, Kendall, Clement and Sarah. 

We are looking for short stories/ essays from the nomadic vanlifers. Where are you these days? Who have you met along the way? What's been the most incredible place you found as you traveled the world? 

500 words, double spaced, 12pt, Times New Roman.

If we accept the piece, we'll ask for photos then. 

Short bios are limited to 50 words including your website links. 

Please read the website for a feel of the conversational tone we publish. As a non-stop wanderer myself, I'm into sharing our lifestyle with others. Keep it entertaining and informative please! 

Sarah Leamy

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We'd like to focus on long distance travel stories by women. Do you explore the world around you, close and far for more than a couple of weeks at a time? Do you write or photograph your experiences of location as you go? 


We publish conversational, personal stories that reach for the universal, where others sense the landscape, see it as a vivid character, feeding you, the textures, sounds, tastes and conversations from seeing an unfamiliar place. 

Be specific. Be generous. Inspire. 

2000 word count max. Double spaced. Family friendly language. Images or text or both. Take us with you. 

f 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.

Sign up on the website for more essays and guidelines. Thanks.

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Wanderlust: A Travel Journal