AWAY Travel Journal 2022 - Call for Submissions!

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Let your international exchange travel memories tell a story! Submit your creative writing, photos, art and more for an upcoming publication.

The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) at Mobility International USA invites international exchange alumni with disabilities to submit creative content for an upcoming A World Awaits You (AWAY) Travel Journal. This issue of the AWAY will be a zine-like collection of media highlighting the experiences of people with disabilities during their study abroad, intern abroad, volunteer abroad, and other international exchange travels, through the lens of disabled travelers. We would like this journal to include creative submissions from people with diverse backgrounds and identities.

What to Submit

Submissions should be your original content and may include:

  • Stories (maximum 800 words)
  • Photos with accompanying anecdote (what’s the story behind the photo?)
  • Script/transcript
  • Art/illustrations/sketches/maps
  • Poems
  • Song lyrics
  • Letter or postcard written to yourself or someone else
  • Lists
  • Menus
  • Cartoon/comic strip
  • Infographic
  • Mementos/Souvenirs
  • Quiz

Any visual submissions (photos, art, cartoons, etc.) will need to include visual descriptions. In other words, how would you describe what your sketch looks like or what’s happening in the photo to someone who can’t see it? Visual descriptions are separate from captions/commentary/anecdotes.

Topics to Explore

Priority will be given to content that relates to people with disabilities participating in international exchange going from the U.S. to other countries. Ideas could include:

  • Disability identity / intersection of disability identity with other identities
  • Disability culture
  • Disability access
  • Disability-related accommodations
  • Disability-related items you “pack” or bring with you when you go abroad: assistive devices, medication, equipment, spare parts, etc.
  • Disability community
  • Health and wellness (including mental health)
  • “Day in the life abroad”

Or share your own ideas for adding a disability lens to international travel content! Content that does not specifically relate to disability (e.g. photos of landmarks you visited, poem about your host family, etc.) may still be considered if the person submitting it is an international exchange alum with a disability.

How to Propose Your Idea

Fill out this short Google Form to share an "abstract" of your idea!

For form assistance, email clearinghouse [at] miusa.org.

If your idea is selected, NCDE staff will invite you to submit your completed content in March 2022.

If your complete submission is selected to appear in the AWAY journal, you will be notified prior to publication. You will also have the option to receive a print copy of the publication (mailed to a U.S. address) or accessible digital copy.

Tentative Timeline

  • January 31, 2022 - Deadline to submit abstract
  • March 31, 2022 - Deadline to submit completed content
  • September 30, 2022 - Journal printed and published online

Creative Inspiration

Want to contribute but aren't sure what to submit? Need some ideas from other travel journal enthusiasts to get started? Check out these links!