The Independent on Sunday Looks For Fresh Travel Writing Talent


The deadline approaches for the annual travel writing contest from Bradt travel guides and The Independent On Sunday. Get your submission in by May 15th to be in with a chance of showcasing your writing in a British broadsheet newspaper. There’s a trip to Columbia or a travel writing holiday to Spain (with Travellers Tales) up for grabs too.

Who can enter?
Anyone, anywhere …as long as you’re over 18. Published and unpublished writers are welcome.

What and where can I write about?
This year’s theme is ‘Destination Unknown’, so over to you on that one.

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Details, details
The wordcount is capped at 800 words.
Casting the final vote this year will be journalist and travel-writer Matthew Parris.
Entries may be posted or emailed.
The short-listed entrants will be notified by phone on 16 June 2009.
Full competition rules at the Bradt website

Eyes on the prize
Prize for the Published and Unpublished writers’ category is as follows. The Independent on Sunday will publish the winning entry and offer a commission for a 900-word article based on the winner’s prize trip; a holiday for two in Colombia. You’ll spend three nights in Bogota then three nights in Cartagena.

The prize in the Unpublished writers’ category is a place on a Travellers Tales travel-writing course in Cordoba, Spain in October 2009.

Good luck!