We’re curious to hear from those who love to wander and write about their experiences. The focus is on connection across the world. Keep that in mind. It’s a compulsion, a restlessness that keeps many of us on edge and on the move. Be specific. Be generous. 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 the experience of place and people.
We accept submissions all year and spread out different themes across the months. Have a look at the Submittable profile for a current list. Thanks.


  • ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE READ BLIND. If your word document has your name or info on it, it will be rejected.
  • WORD COUNT IS 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 third-person BIO in the designated cover letter field. Limit bio to 25 words.
  • FOR PHOTOS, 3–5 IMAGES. Label photos with a title, number, and caption. Copy that information to your cover letter, please.
  • SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED. Previously published work is accepted with the appropriate notation and link of the first publication.
Please contact us if you have any questions that can’t be answered using the contact page below. Unpublished writers are encouraged to send in their work; just make it your best, well written, and evocative. This journal aims to give a voice to unpublished and accomplished writers and those with great travel experiences.
Wanderlust-Journal acquires publication rights, but you, the writer, still own your work. This means that we hold the publication rights for 30 days after your 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.

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