Writers’ Guidelines

Travel by the Books

Travel by the Books first saw the light of day in 2008. Published by four literary fanatics, the site combines our love of great reading and writing with a travel slant. We want to share your insights, see the world a little differently, and inspire others to read the stuff we love. We look for attitude, style, and literary excellence.


• Poetry, essays, short fiction, and author Interviews that explore the setting of a book or the hometown of a famous author or poet, or that take the reader on a tour following in the characters’ or author’s footsteps.

• Include a few of your favorite quotes with page numbers. (That helps us make the link between place and piece.)

• Don’t forget to title your work. Preferably something creative.

• Book Reviews with a travel angle

• Literary Round-ups, Literary Tour Reviews
Take us to great literary hotels, pubs, and hangouts. Or anything else you can think of that applies.


About 1,000 words, but if it’s outstanding, we’ll consider it even if it’s a little short or long.


If submitting previously published work, please provide publication data.


Have you read a great book or poem that has a prominent setting and gone there? Have you toured an author’s hometown or walked in a character’s footsteps? Gone on a Hemingway tour of Paris? Write an essay, poem, or story about it. Create your own literary tour if you want. Make the link between the book, poem, or author and the place. We read a LOT, but we don’t know everything! Connect the dots.

You might write explore Jorge Luis Borges’ Argentina, try out a Flannery O’Connor tour of Savannah, or follow one of David Mitchell’s characters.  All of literature is at your feet.


By allowing Travel by the Books to publish your work, you are granting us First North American Serial Rights. If the piece has been previously published, you are assigning us Reprint Rights. All rights revert to you 90 days after publication.


We greatly appreciate your contribution and intend to pay for it at some point, but we’re not there yet. We do, however, provide abundant exposure via social media, and links to your web site and/or your work—if you provide them—are included in your bio.


Send a note explaining your idea, or send the work itself in the body of an e-mail. Include a three-to-five-line bio and let us know if you have digital photography to illustrate your work. Poets: please give us a few lines of background about your piece (it saves research time).

Send to: submissions@travelbythebooks.com. Please submit by January 6th for the spring 2017 issue. Check back for the fall issue soon!