The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35  is looking for nonfiction narratives that challenge conventional tourism.

From West Africa to Vietnam, Tokyo to Paris, the book’s focus is to show exactly where on the map our wide peer group has gone so far, and the distinctive niche of travel experiences that defines us.

The book, which is an anthology of literary nonfiction, aims to draw readers through its vivid and transportive stories, told by the most adventurous and insightful of our group’s literary and raconteur peers.

Examples of the types of stories we’re looking to include, are:

– A Chicago native’s true story of four days spent stuck on a boat on the Amazon River, after the annual folkloric festival in Parintins

– An American school teacher’s reportage from Cameroon, of a day spent dodging machete blades and hiding from the angry mob that overtook her campus after a controversial election

– A Japanese New Yorker’s tale of one year spent tending bar at her aunt’s Tokyo nightclub and learning about the private lives and secrets of her mother’s extended family

– An asthmatic hedge fund analyst’s strident portrayal of his month-long trek through Central Asia from Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp

The book will be released in 2013.

SUBMISSION is open through October 15, 2012. In addition to personal experience, the narrative should portray a strong sense of place. Creative nonfiction is the name of the game. There’s no set form, but memoir, literary journalism, essay, profile, ethnography, and interview (among other forms) are all welcome.

GUIDELINES: Submissions must be typed and sent as a Word document. Please include your full name, city and state, phone number, email address, and a biography no longer than two short paragraphs. Previously published work will not be considered. Please, no simultaneous submissions. No minimum word count; maximum 5,000 words. No fabricated narratives or pen names. Compensation varies.

Please allow four weeks for a response. Submissions will not be published without the writer’s consent. Feel free to check back with us if after four weeks you haven’t received a response.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO SUBMIT, CONTACT: stories@theplaces35.com. You can also join our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ThePlaces35



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