Foreign is a literary journal that seeks to read and publish fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry, related—somehow– to life away from home. This can be life in a foreign land, where different languages, cultures and needs are ripe settings for interesting lives and characters, but anywhere cultures and identities intersect will do. We don’t necessarily need tales of exile, but we’d love to read one if you have it.

In the spirit of Hemingway, Melville, Theroux, Thoreau, Hunter S. Thompson, Cheryl Strayed, George Orwell, Graham Greene, David Mitchell, James Baldwin, Karen Blixen, Mohsim Hamid, Min Jin Lee, Pico Iyer, Elizabeth Gilbert, Paul Bowles, the Romantics, the Beats–let us read your work.

We are not interested in general travel tales, or helpful tips for backpacking through Bali, but tales of being human. Break our hearts. Show us desire and fear. Show us loss. Make us laugh.