TRAVEL WRITE TRANSLATION

We love travel narratives that take us on a journey to new and unfamiliar places, or explore well-known terrain through a fresh perspective. We love stories from voices we don’t often hear, about the places they know well, told in their own way.

We love that any journey, no matter the distance, can be travelled deeply through how it’s seen, felt and described, whether translated to text from a physical experience or from language to language on the page.

We love revelations that would never have happened without being there, at that moment. Going to a new place or revisiting an old one, whether for an hour or the rest of your life, can easily, most likely, change you. Tell us how!

What we’re looking for:
  • Memoir, essays, lyric prose, short stories or a series of vignettes with the theme of travel
  • Work that engages textual translation as travel, challenges the definition of travel writing, or stretches the genre’s boundary
  • The place itself—a Buddhist temple in Phnom Penh, city life in Brussels, the Medina in Marrakech, for example—must be a character
  • Writing from as well as about place, whoever you are and wherever you live
  • Up to 5000 words
  • as ever, be brave

For examples of work published on TWT, visit our Vault.

We accept submissions during the months of February and August.

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Editor: Kathryn Hummel

Dr Kathryn Hummel is the author of Poems from Here (Hobart: Walleah Press), The Bangalore Set (Bangalore: Kena Artists’ Initiative), The Body That Holds Adelaide: Little Windows Press), splashback (Sydney: Stale Objects dePress) and the forthcoming Lamentville (Singapore: Math Paper Press). Uncollected, her digital media/poetry, non-fiction, fiction and scholarly research has been published and presented worldwide. Winner of the Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Dorothy Porter Award for poetry (2013), Kathryn’s writing has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize (2013), The Atlas Review’s Open Non-Fiction Chapbook competition (2016) and was shortlisted for the 2017 Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize. Kathryn holds a PhD for studies in narrative ethnography and lives intermittently in South Asia. Her activities can be tracked @ kathrynhummel.com.