While I Was Away was created to be a venue for travelers to share their experiences, and welcomes any non-fiction short story, poem, or visuals that reflect your interaction with a place you do not call home (the meaning of home being open to interpretation). There is only one rule: that your piece is based on a real interaction that you had with a place–whether it be with another person, the physical setting or the culture.
Right now, we are looking for stories about: HEAT. Send your stories about when you were traveling in a hot place. Readers need to feel the burn, the sweat and the stickiness, but it shouldn’t be the central theme of the story. Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org as a Word attachment or in the body of an email. Please include a short, three sentence mini-bio written in third person.
If your story:
- is about spring break in Cancun
- disrespects a place, culture or person
- does not give agency to the people of the place you visited
- is about doing charity work
….then it will probably not be accepted