Fancy yourself as a travel writer? Do you think you can write a winning article that really brings a destination alive? Well, the British Guild of Travel Writers has launched a new travel-writing competition as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, aimed at anyone aged over 18 who has not yet been published in the travel field. Entrants should submit an 800-word article on the theme ‘A Very Special Place’ before 31 December 2009.
The Guild is the premier professional association for journalists, editors, photographers, and radio and film broadcasters working in the travel field. For the winning entry, they are looking for “a beautifully written piece that is a celebration of a world destination, be it an exotic location or one closer to home…a first-person narrative written in article form, in which the writing sings and the reader is both transported and transformed by the writing.””
And what abput the prizes? First prize comes courtesy of Travellers’ Tales, the training agency for travel writing and travel photography, and the winner will enjoy a four-day travel writing holiday in the intoxicating city of Istanbul. Second prize is a 2 night trip to Berlin courtesy of WEXAS, The Traveller’s Club, in association with Hotel Berlin and Lufthansa. Third prize is the winner’s selection of 10 travel guides from award-winning publisher Bradt. What’s more, the winning entry will be published in the Spring 2010 issue of Traveller magazine and on the Guild website.
Full competition details are available at www.bgtw.org Good Luck!