Posts Tagged ‘travel writing contests’

Globe Soup Spring 2020 Travel Writing Competition

10 March 2020

We’re looking for the best piece of NON-FICTION travel writing, written around the competition theme. You can write about any destination you want, in any style you want. You can even write about travel generally or give us an opinion piece. The possibilities are endless!

Prize: £1000

Entry Fee: £5 for Early Entry, £8 for General Entry

Deadline: 23:00 (GMT) 1st April 2020

Winner Announced: 22nd April 2020

Are you an aspiring travel blogger or writer?

Globe Soup is looking for the best piece of NON-FICTION travel writing (1,000 words or less) written as a blog post or article. Every Globe Soup writing competition has a secret theme, which is only revealed after you enter! The themes are always broad and fun. They don’t restrict you, so you can write about anywhere you want, in whatever style you want. Globe Soup competitions are for everyone. You don’t have to be a professional writer to enter. Since we only publish the winning piece, your work is yours. If you don’t win you can put it on your own blog. But why wouldn’t you win, right?

How to enter:

  1. First, read the competition rules carefully.

  2. Next, buy a ticket. We use Eventbrite to sell our tickets, so you can feel secure when making your purchase.

  3. Now you receive an email with the competition theme and instructions on how to submit.

  4. You can begin writing and you have until the closing time to submit. Good luck!

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20 May 2016

2016 Travel Writing Contest — Submissions are Open!

It’s that time of year again: time to type up those travel articles, travel anecdotes and travel reflections. If it’s about travel, we want to read it. We want to read about that place that changed you.We want to read about the experiences you can’t wait to share with other travelers. Whether your work is humorous, informative, quirky or profound–we want to read it.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Maximum 1200 words
  • Edited to the best of your ability for spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Up to three photos may be submitted with your entry. Photos not necessary to win.
  • Previously unpublished work only! Blog posts are considered published (and I research all finalists).
  • No entry fee. Yes, that’s right. You have nothing to lose.
  • Open to anyone worldwide, but you need (access to) a PayPal account
  • Entries must be in English
  • One entry per person
  • Deadline for submissions: July 31, 2016
  • Send entries with a 50-word third-person bio to with the heading TRAVEL WRITING CONTEST. Entries will be read blind by this year’s judge and travel writer, Paola Fornari. It is not necessary to delete identifying information from your entry. If your name appears anywhere, it will be removed before it’s forwarded to the judge.
  • Word doc, docx and rtf files only. 
  • Finalists announced in August 2016. Winners announced and published in late summer 2016.

The Prizes: 

  • The Top essays will be published at I Must Be Off! (Authors retain copyright.)
  • Second place prize: $50
  • First place prize: $200
  • Readers’ Choice Award ($50) based on unique hits and comments tallied on September 30, 2016.

Good luck and happy writing!

I must be off,


Christopher Allen is the author of Conversations with S. Teri O’Type (a Satire), an episodic adult cartoon about a man struggling with expectations. Allen’s writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Eclectica Magazine’s 20th-Anniversary Best of Speculative anthology, Indiana Review, Night Train, Quiddity, SmokeLong Quarterly: the Best of the First Ten Years anthology, Prime Number Magazine, [PANK] blog, Necessary Fiction, Word Riot, Bootsnall Travel, Chicken Soup for the Soul and lots of other good places. A finalist at Glimmer Train in 2011, Allen has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize twice.


Previous Winners and Placers:

“A Leaf on the Wind” by Joel Hindson
“Burning My Boots in Cabo Fisterra” by Gabriella Brand
Discovering Hến Rice in Central Việt Nam” by Chris Galvin
“Oh, Calcutta” by Paola Fornari
“The Scarlet Mile” by Gillian Brown
“Bodrum, Turkey’s San Tropez” by Jack Scott
“The Children of Chitwan, Nepal” by Hannah Thompson-Yates
“God’s Own Country” by Saahil Acharya


      Pictured above: The 2016 Judge — Paola Fornari

Travel writer Paola Fornari was born on Ukerewe Island in Lake Victoria, Tanzania. She has lived in a dozen countries over four continents, speaks five and a half languages, dabbles in several others, and describes herself as an expatriate sine patria. In every new posting, her curiosity leads her to explore every corner of her host country, and experience as much ‘real life’ as she can.

Her travel and lifestyle articles have appeared extensively online, and in print magazines as diverse as Cycling World, Practical Fishkeeping The Oldie andThe Buenos Aires Herald.

She has judged several writing competitions, and was co-judge in Expatclic’s prestigious Travel Reflections competition in 2013.

In 2013 she won the Senior Travel Expert travel writing competition, and was third in the Go Walkabout competition.

Her relationship with I Must be Off goes back a long way. Apart from having several interviews published on the site, she was highly commended in the first I Must be Off travel essay contest in 2013, and won in 2014.

She recently moved from Dhaka, Bangladesh, to Accra, Ghana.

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13 April 2016


Deadline July 31, 2016. We want to read about the experiences you can’t wait to share with other travelers. This contest is open to anyone worldwide. Top essays will be published. First-place prize $200; second-place prize $50. There is also a readers’ choice award ($50) based on unique hits and comments tallied on September 30, 2016.

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20 June 2014

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine,

invites emerging and established writers from Canada, the United States, and elsewhere to enter.

$1,000 awarded to the best work that embraces, but is not limited to, the personal essay, memoir,

narrative nonfiction, social commentary, travel writing, historical accounts, and biography,

all enhanced by such elements as description, dramatic scenes, dialogue, and characterization.

All entries should be previously unpublished, and between 2,000-3,000 words in length.

ENTRY FEE $35 for Canadian entries, $40 for U.S. entries, and $45 elsewhere.

Deadline August 1, 2014 (postmark date).

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Senior Travel Expert – Travel Writing Competition

8 January 2014

Closing date: Midnight on 1st June 2014

Prizes: £100.00 on a prepaid currency card and published on website.

Entry fee: Free to enter.

For an exciting, original travel article up to 1,000 words,

which may or may not relate to a senior travel experience.

Fiction or non-fiction.

See the website for full details:

The INaugural Travel Expert Writing Competition

19 October 2013

Welcome to the inaugural Travel Expert Writing Competition

First of all this competition is Free To Enter and offers a cash prize to the author of the best entry (to be judged by the editors of

Political rally KeralaWe are seeking the best travel writers to send us exciting, original, even abstract travel writing in any form you choose: fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose. The only requirement is that your piece of writing presents a real sense of the location in which it is set.

The contest is open to those aged 18 years and older and you may write about any subject, as along as it relates to travel in some way (however tenuous).

Entries should be limited to a maximum length of 1500 words and must be written in English (we’ve travelled a fair bit but our language skills are embarrassingly poor!).

Please read the full Travel Expert Writing Competition Terms and Conditions (located at the foot of the page) before entering. The closing date for entries is midnight on Thursday, 1st May 2014,

The winning entry will receive a prize of £50!

The winning entry – and other notable entries – will also be published on our website.

When you are ready to submit your entry, please fill in and submit the form below. If you’d rather check out what others are writing about, take a little journey around our site to read some of the travel articles we have published recently.

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The X.J. Kennendy Award for Nonfiction – 7th Biennial Contest

7 February 2013


$10 ENTRY FEE ($15 if you desire a copy of the winning publication)

Deadline March 1, 2013.

Winner will receive $1,000, publication of the work in Rosebud, and three copies.

Four runners-up will receive $100 and publication. 3,500 words more or less.

Up to 4,500 words will be considered.

Submit any kind of nonfiction, including essays of all kinds,

nature and travel writing, and memoir.

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