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    Guidelines for the 2009 Narrative Travel Writing Contest http://www.transitionsabroad.com/information/writers/travel_writing_contest.shtml
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      Guidelines for the 2009 Narrative Travel Writing

      TransitionsAbroad.com invites you to enter its
      2009 Narrative Travel Writing Contest with a $500
      first-place prize.

      Professionals, freelancers and other talented
      travel writers are invited to write a travel
      narrative relating to the intrinsic educational
      aspects of meaningful travel. We are looking for
      evocative and engaging writing in which sensitive
      immersion in the country, the people, the food,
      the land, the art, the rituals, and the culture
      in general play the leading role in the writer's
      self-discovery and enlightenment. We are
      absolutely not looking for self-involved
      travelogues or diaries, but rather for a
      well-crafted and inspirational story which should
      appeal to those who have traveled independently
      overseas with open minds, sensitive souls, and
      empathetic imaginations.

      The specific theme for this year's contest is
      "Travel in a Dangerous World." Many of our
      readers are independent travelers who are looking
      for travel ideas which take them to areas
      unspoiled by mass tourism, where they may meet
      and respectfully interact with local people who
      have not yet become cynical about the foreigners
      who come into their homes or lands. We are
      looking for stories written by authors who have
      taken a risk — or been told that they were taking
      a risk — when traveling overseas. How did you
      manage to stay safe even while engaging in this
      form of adventurous travel, which often involves
      finding oneself in remote areas of the world or
      in off-the-beaten-track areas of known cities and
      regions? One implicit question the articles
      should address is whether the world (at least
      that part of the world in which you have
      traveled) is truly more dangerous than it has
      ever been, or did you discover that governments
      and/or mass commercial media has exaggerated the
      threats for their own motives?

      What we are not looking for are submissions that
      represent travel as a form of consumption and
      objectify the people of other countries or which
      involve "poverty tourism" or "poorism."

      Accompanying photos which enhance the narrative
      are a plus, and we are open to photojournalistic
      approaches to the subject outlined above for this
      year's Narrative Travel Writing Contest. Please
      include an optional bio of 1-3 sentences with
      references to your websites, blogs, books and
      contact information.

      TransitionsAbroad.com will publish the top three
      winners' entries as well as those of the selected

      Contest Prizes
      In this year's Narrative Travel Writing Contest,
      the first-place winner’s entry will receive $500
      (USD), the second-place winning entry $150, and
      the third-place winner $100.

      Any other articles selected as runner-ups will
      receive a $50 payment.

      Who is Eligible
      The Contest is open to professional, freelance
      and aspiring travel writers from any location
      around the globe.

      How to Enter
      Submit an original essay from 1,000 to 3,000
      words. Supporting photos in .jpg or .gif format
      are welcome to illustrate the experience and are
      considered part of the essay submission.
      To enter the Contest, attach your essay in Word
      format or copy and paste it into an e-mail.
      Please include your full name, complete postal
      address and phone number. Please type "Narrative
      Travel Writing Essay Entry" in the subject
      description of the e-mail and send the e-mail to
      (replace (at) with @).
      The Contest begins February 1, 2008, and all
      entries must be received by October 31, 2008.
      Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. will require
      first-time North American rights for all
      submissions which are accepted as contest winners
      and for publication. In addition, Transitions
      Abroad Publishing, Inc. will reserve the right to
      reprint the story in a future publication. The
      writer may republish the unedited submission as
      desired after initial publication on
      Editors of TransitionsAbroad.com will judge
      entries based upon the following criteria:
      Sensitivity to the people and culture being
      Ability to engage the reader
      Literary quality
      Winners will be chosen on or about November 15,
      2008 and will be notified by phone, mail, or
      e-mail by December 1, 2008 for publication on
      January 31, 2009 due to the time required for all
      writers spanning the globe to receive payment.
      Contest Terms
      There is no entry fee required for submissions.
      Decisions of the judges are final.
      Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. is not
      responsible for late, lost, misdirected,
      incomplete, or illegible e-mail or for any
      computer-related, online, or technical
      malfunctions that may occur in the submission
      Submissions are considered void if illegible,
      incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered,
      counterfeit, produced in error, or obtained
      through fraud or theft.
      Submissions will be considered made by an
      authorized account holder of the e-mail address
      submitted at time of entry.
      The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners – along with
      any others accepted for publication – will be
      paid by Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc.
      either by check or Paypal as preferred by the
      All federal, state, and local taxes are the sole
      responsibility of the Contest winners.

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