“Rather than seeing travel as competition or a materialistic exercise in one-upmanship, Transitions Abroad has always believed that more experienced travelers and travel writers seek to engage more deeply in a destination by staying for a longer period of time and thereby immerse themselves in the culture and homes they are fortunate enough to visit.”
“The four judges present on Monday night at the event in Stanfords, Long Acre, all praised the very high standard of entry in this, Bradt’s 40th anniversary and the 15th year of the travel-writing competition. It just seems to get better every year.” Hilary Bradt
The Bradt/Independent on Sunday travel writing competition is one of the most important in the calendar. In 2014 the Itinerant Writers Club had five entries in the top 14 positions, and six in the top 20. Two of our members are in the final
Wanderlust is “…hunting for exceptional photos from every corner or our planet, taken by discerning travellers like you. So rummage through memory cards, develop old films: if you’ve got pictures that you think are in with a chance, we want to see them!”
PNG UK Tourism have teamed up with Wanderlust Magazine in this fantastic competition for bloggers. The chosen blogger of the month will win either an iPad or GoPro. Then, in December, the best of the monthly winners will be crowned PNGTPA ‘Blogging Ambassador’, clinching a trip for two to PNG.
How to win travel writing competitions. What’s the recipe for success? Don’t use cliches! Or exclamation marks. Seriously, there are only two rules…
I imagined Mum shopping in the drizzle. With a scarf tied under her chin, she looked like a cross between the Queen and the lady with cold hands and bitten fingernails who worked at the greengrocer’s. Tears puddled behind my eyelids, I squeezed them tighter…
I clung to the guard rail while I looped a rope round the broken foresail. A wave rose, then fell back before it reached me. We were adrift in an Indian Ocean the colour of dishwater. A platoon of grey clouds marched across the sky, softening us up before the storm.
A rare easterly blowing through Cochin this morning has freshened things, brightening colours and tempering Kerala’s humidity. It has lured me from the air-conditioned saloon up into our boat’s cockpit. The breeze brings with it snatches of a lone voice chanting a Malayalam Christmas prayer across the water.
I am thrilled to announce that my story, Nazar 72, has been published in Foreign Encounters, the third anthology from Writers Abroad, an online group of ex-pat writers.
Writers Abroad received 231 submissions of which they selected 95 for the anthology. And five of those contributions came from our very own Itinerant Writers Club. Well done to HelenM, HelenW, Bex and Jean for having their pieces published in the anthology too.
I wonder how many of us can name the southern states, let alone their capitals or tourist attractions. Visitors to the US choose New York, the Grand Canyon or Las Vegas, occasionally New Orleans or Graceland. But the deep south is rarely at the top of the wish list.
I entered the competition with a piece about trekking in the Himalayas with Jamie, and I’ve just been told that I won. Not only that, but Helen Moat from our own Itinerant Writers Club was runner up! You can read our winning entries on the Sheldrake website.