narrative travel writing contest: Transitions Abroad
- Guidelines for the 2009 Narrative Travel Writing
TransitionsAbroad.com invites you to enter its
2009 Narrative Travel Writing Contest with a $500
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
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
TransitionsAbroad.com will publish the top three
winners' entries as well as those of the selected
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
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.
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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