The Best Travel Writing Competitions

Here are some of the best travel writing competitions that I have come across so far. None have been included that ask for an 'entrance fee' or are - as far as I know - simply disguised attempts to sucker you into buying pointless travel writing courses or other related products.

I wouldn't advise anybody to take any of them very seriously, either one way or the other. The winning entries to such competitions are often perplexingly dull. While a few are judged by well known writers, many are simply judged by whoever happens to be hanging around at the office. Worse still, many are judged by 'travel writing experts' who have never published anything as substantial as a proper book in their whole 'career'. None of them are really going to help your writing career, or make your name, but you can always use your entries on your own web site or blog. If you're very lucky then you might even win a free holiday!

Bradt Travel Guides New Travel Writer of the Year
This is a competition for unpublished writers, with a main prize of a trip to Swedish Lapland. The theme is 'Lost in Translation', the word limit is 600-600, and the deadline deadline for submission is midnight on the 7th of November 2017.

Senior Travel Expert - Off the Beaten Track Writing Competition
This new free-to-enter competition offers a £100 prize to the author of the best entry on the theme: Off the Beaten Track. Entries should be no more than a 750 words in length. The closing date for entries is midnight on Friday, 30th September, 2016

National Geographic Traveller Writing Competition
The UK based travel magazine is offering a seventeen-day trip to Madagascar as the main prize for a travel story of up to 500 words. The closing date is 30th April 2016.

Rough Guide Travel Writing Competition
The guide book publisher is offering a first prize of £2000 to spend through for a travel story of up to 500 words. The closing date is 1st May 2016.

The Guardian Travel Writing Competition
The Guardian national newspaper (UK) runs a travel writing competition each year with some big trips as prizes. Entries have to be 500 words or under and you can only enter one story for each category. The closing date for the 2013 competition is 13th October.

The 'Just Back' Daily Telegraph Travel Writing Competition
This is a weekly travel writing competition in The Daily Telegraph national newspaper (UK). Entries have to be 500 words or less and there is a £200 prize. Winning entries will be published in the Saturday edition of the newspaper.

I Must Be Off Annual Travel Writing Competition
The fourth year of this annual travel writing competition. First prize of $200 and second prize of $50. Maximum 1200 words.

InTravel Writing Competition
InTravel is an independent travel site which offers a prize of $100 for each month's most voted for feature. Decent quality photographs are also expected to accompany any submitted articles.

Wanderlust Magazine Contests
Wanderlust (UK) magazine's member's web site regularly runs small travel writing competitions with a £50 'goodie bag' prize (this seems to translate as a pile of free promo stuff that they have lying around the office). They also occasionally host other organisation's travel writing contests, which have previously offered some really worthwhile prizes, and will often publish some of the better contributions to the member's 'my Wanderlust' web site, in the national glossy magazine.

Let me know if there are any other travel writing competitions worth entering and I'll add them to the list.


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Tearing up the Silk Road

Two Globes A 100,000 word travelogue detailing a journey from China to Istanbul, through Central Asia, Iran and the Caucasus.

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