A couple of the better travel writing competitions have fallen by the wayside recently: The Guardian, BBC Wildlife and there are rumours that the BGTW competition will not be running next year. Sad for those of us who like to test our travel writing in a competitive environment. But don’t worry, one of the best contests for long term travellers is still going strong.
I love the TA website because it is about long term travel and is for people who “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.”
Many “still tend to see travel as a way to ‘do’ as many countries, cities, and continents in the world as possible—as if travel was some form of competition or consumption.”
The editors are also pretty specific about the kind of writing they like (and don’t like).
“We are not looking for destination pieces which describe in flowery ‘amazing’ terms your experience, essays on the pros and cons of a postmodernist view of travel, nor are we looking for travelogues or blog-like posts which are too overly personal and self-involved to necessarily resonate with others on their own paths of discovery. We are looking for well-written inspirational pieces which will lead others to experience the sense of engagement as a global citizen.”
If you have an experience which describes how travelling “in a slower manner and adapting to the space and time of natives has deepened your experience of both the people and the destination”, and if it afforded a kind of epiphany, why not enter the competition?
It’s free and you could win $500.
Write between 1000–5000 words, add some images and/or a video and dream up a couple of sentences about yourself.