Competition: Travel Writing

Our final competition of 2019 is now open!

We would like you to have a go at travel writing, whether it’s a travelogue or an article about a particular location. All we need is a piece of non-fiction where you tell us about a place or a journey.

We don’t want a hotel review (unless it is stunningly entertaining and multi-layered). We want to know about who you met along the way, we want to get to know the locations as if they were characters, and we want your own personality to come through too. It could be about the worst holiday you went on, or an unexpected day out, or a trip of a lifetime.

And, for the very first time, we’re accepting e-mail entries! And the first prize is fifty pounds! FIFTY QUID! As well as the usual glory. For less than 1500 words. Worth a go, isn’t it?

The competition will be judged by specialists in the field (I’m tempted to make a camping holiday joke here, but won’t) from the Centre for Travel Writing Studies at Nottingham Trent University. (This is a good thing because they really know what to look for, whereas I’m more likely to favour a story about the trials and tribulations of your bowels in foreign climes.)

So, take us on a journey. As we pack our bag we will ask: why are we going there? what will we see? what makes it special (to you, to the people there)? who will we meet? will we feel a connection?

The deadline is Saturday 19th October 2019 with results being announced on Thursday 7th November. Please click here for all of the rules (which have changed slightly to accommodate email entries).

Get those entries in – and good luck! 😊

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