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Tales From a Small Planet

Literary Magazine








A 501(c)(3) organization with a volunteer Board and a small team of volunteer editors and social media and marketing specialists. Most of our volunteers are part of the U.S. Foreign Service community.

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Nonfiction (Wandering Thoughts)

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This is a wide-open category: blog post reprints, short essays, or short memoir pieces that illuminate any aspect of expat life.

Nonfiction (The Road Less Traveled)

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Essays by expats about unique cross-cultural experiences. Did you bond with local people over a feast of camel meat? Experience a terrible miscommunication at the open-air market? Finally understand a confusing cultural difference after attending a festival? We’d love to hear about it for this category.

Nonfiction (Tales of Transition)

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These essays honestly describe how hard it is to establish a new life in a new place -- and hopefully, what you did that helped. Did you discover a new level of loneliness after moving as a single -- or a new kind of humility as an accompanying spouse? Did you blunder into cross-cultural misunderstandings when you first arrived? And how did you overcome these painful experiences, or perhaps simply learn to see the humor in them?

Nonfiction (Tales of Imagination)

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These are fictional stories that provide some kind of insight into the expat experience. Our favorite stories build upon your own personal experiences abroad but take them into new territory, exploring themes such as belonging, relationships, and finding home in a new place.

Interview (Noteworthy Nomads)

Do you know a fascinating expat? Perhaps an accompanying spouse running a successful business; an inspiring volunteer; or a refugee who has successfully built a new life? We’d love to publish their interview or profile. You can write it yourself or simply suggest a person we should feature.

Humor (Roaming Reality Bites)

Talesmag arose out of the “Spouses’ Underground Newsletter,” and humor remains one of our favorite categories. This includes parody and satire about expat life, as well as hilarious cross-cultural mistakes. We don’t mind making gentle fun of surprising phenomena (like the rare and confounding cultures where people nod their heads up and down to say “no”) and being a bit rude, especially to houseguests who stay too long ...

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    Your post will be saved and reviewed by editorial staff prior to publication; it will not appear on the site until the editing and review process is complete. Please contact the editors at reports@talesmag.com if you wish to confirm submission of your report.

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