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St. Martin’s Press and Matador are stoked to announce the forthcoming publication of the book 101 Places to Get F*cked Up Before You Die.

PART TRAVEL GUIDE, PART SOCIAL COMMENTARY, and part drunken cultural anthropology, 101 Places goes where no travel book has gone before. Join Matador’s crew of award winning travel journalists and ambassadors plus an all-star cast of party-crashers as we breach security, ride ill-recommended ferries, and hike miles into the wilderness to report on partying possibilities all over. Whether it’s calling out wankers at cliched Vegas blowouts or stumbling upon sudden transcendence off the map in Southern Brazil, 101 Places will give insightful, hilarious, and at times unexpectedly poignant portraits of place, travel, and culture around the world.

The book will also contain 25 original color photographs from leading surf, lifestyle, and travel photographers such as Chris Burkard (featured above). It will be published and distributed nationally in 2014.

Call for submissions

Writers / photographers: We are currently accepting submissions to be included in 101 Places. Each published entry or photo pays $60. There are no limits to how many entries you can submit. We welcome your entries + photography on original places and are also looking for specific entries and photography covering the following:

New Orleans, LA
Machu Picchu, Peru
Dublin, Ireland
Glasgow, Scotland
Lisbon, Portugal
Nice, France
Vienna, Austria
Melbourne, Australia
Dalat, Vietnam
Asheville, North Carolina
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Seattle, Washington
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Buñol, Spain [La Tomatina] India [Holi or Festival of Colors] Rio de Janeiro, Brazil [Carnaval] Munich, Germany [Oktoberfest] Calgary [Calgary Stampede] Edinburgh [Hogmanay] Ibiza [summer season] New Orleans, Louisiana, USA [Mardi Gras]
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Montevideo, Urugay
Pucón, Chile
Praia do Rosa, Brazil
Bogotá, Colombia
Istanbul, Turkey
South Africa
Sydney, Australia
Seoul, South Korea
Tokyo, Japan
The Appalachian Trail, Eastern US
Panama City, Florida, USA [Spring Break]

Entries should be 900 words and follow a specific format which includes:

1) Guide section: Location, Season/Event, Ideal Conditions, Lodging, “Ingestibles” (Approx 600-700 words)
2) First person narrative: Approx. 200-300 Words

101 Places Sample Entry- Montreal Quebec

All entries are due by January 15, 2013. Please use the form to submit below. Once you’ve submitted correctly, the form will be replaced with a completion message. If you’d like to submit multiple entries, please refresh the page and submit again.

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About The Author

David Miller

David Miller is Senior Editor of Matador (winner of 2010 and 2011 Lowell Thomas awards for travel journalism) and Director of Curricula at MatadorU. Follow him @dahveed_miller.


    How is Burning Man or Pampolona Running of the Bulls not on this list…

    • Carlo Alcos

      There are topics/events that are already being written. The list above isn’t exhaustive, just what we’re currently looking for.

  • Nadia Kiamilev

    full moon party, thailand?

    • Candice Walsh

      Already taken care of

  • Christine Marie

    for my friends that like to travel and drink, a call to submissions this month for entries to a book to be published this January, “101 places to get fucked up before you die”.

  • Jason Sanqui

    As someone who worked there…Shaoxing, China. A relatively small city by Chinese standards with not much to do except go to one of the handful of bars and get wasted.

  • Justyna Rechberger

    is someone already covering songkran in thailand or vang vieng in laos?

  • Katka Lapelosová

    Is there a way we can get a list of events/places already being covered, so as not to submit duplicate entries? Doesn’t have to be public, I just don’t want to waste anyone’s time.

  • Janice Temple

    Please clarify “indigestible”?

    • Paul Venerable

      After you swallow it and it slides through the esophages and hit da belly. These juices are released to break it fown so the small intestines can absorb it into the bloodstream.

    • Janice Temple

      Thanks @[100000055490970:2048:Paul Venerable]! I am trying to figure out what does it mean in Travel Guide?
      Guide section: Location, Season/Event, Ideal Conditions, Lodging, Indigestible (Approx 600-700 words)

      Are they saying you have to get so drunk that you vomit then write about it?

    • Christine Marie

      It says “Ingestibles”, just meaning what kinds of drinks, food are great to try in bars

    • Matador Network

      Hey Janice, please see our new example doc: which explains format and ‘ingestibles’. Thanks!

    • Janice Temple


  • Daniela Kenzie Smith

    I’m actually going to Hogmanay this year. I think I’ll submit :)

  • Tere Estudillo

    Playa del Carmen!

  • April Annika Cattell

    No Montañita? Really?

    • Paola Cristina

      Referring ot Montañita- Ecuador?

    • April Annika Cattell


  • Claire Rementilla

    What about Mykonos? It’s cray-cray over there.

  • Carles Ventura

    I’ve seen Ibiza [summer season] but what about Menorca island? the paradise, could it be also considered?

  • Helen Mitchell

    Planning on submitting something about Nola, but how about Natchez, MS?

  • Young Adventuress

    Are the entries due Jan 14th or 15th? There is a discrepancy in the dates listed above. Can we submit entries on places not included on this list?

  • Armando Silva

    What about san fermin Pamplona and carnival Canary Islands

  • James Hendicott

    Just to let you guys know – the phone number part of the form doesn’t deal well with international numbers. My phone number doesn’t fit the expected pattern, so I put most of it on the form and a note with the full number at the top of the submission. I really enjoyed writing this, I hope it’s to your liking!

  • Peter Pulcinella Parker

    I submitted a piece on Dublin, I hope you like it…If you do or if the deadline gets extended I think I could do one on Rome and Cape Town, unfortunately I had no time..thanks for the opportunity anyways!

  • Sherman Jenny

    Any chance the deadline was extended?

    • Carlo Alcos

      Hi Sherman…the deadline hasn’t been extended per se, but please feel free to write directly to editors at matadornetwork dot com.

  • Eugen Marculescu


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