narrative travel writing contest: TransitionsAbroad.com
- Guidelines for the 2009 Narrative Travel Writing Contest
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 runner-ups.
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 narrativewritingcontest(at)transitionsabroad.com (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 TransitionsAbroad.com.
Editors of TransitionsAbroad.com will judge entries based upon the following criteria:
Sensitivity to the people and culture being described
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 process.
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 author.
All federal, state, and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the Contest winners.
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