Sunday, 20 March 2005

Travel writing contests and conferences

Yesterday’s meeting of the Bay Area Travel Writers reminded me of several upcoming contests and events for travel writers, including a new travel writing contest for high school seniors in the San Francisco Bay area, and a travel writing contest with a grand prize of a ticket around the world.

  • High school seniors from throughout the San Francisco Bay area are eligible to enter the first Bay Area Travel Writers high school travel writing contest . There’s no fee to enter, and the first three winners (as judged by a panel of BATW member professional travel writers) will receive cash prizes of $300, $200, and $100 respectively. Entries must be postmarked by 30 April 2005, and each entry should consist of “a 500-word essay, concerning a travel destination, experience or activity. Travel essays concern the idea and experience of travel;whether the writer has traveled to the other side of the world, down the block or anywhere in between.”

  • Once again for the 14th time this year, Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA (just north of San Francisco) will host the nation’s, and one of the world’s, leading travel writers’ and photographers’ conferences from 18-21 August 2005. And once again, for the fourth consecutive year, will be presenting the winner of the conference travel writing contest (entry is limited to registered conference participants) with a ticket around the world. So register soon, and start working on your entry in the contest: a travel article of up to 1,500 words on the topic of “an adventure or encounter that opened a place up for you and what you learned as a result”.

  • Entries are now open for the 2005 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition sponsored by the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation. Works entered in most categories must have been published by 31 March 2005, and entries must be postmakred by 20 April 2005.

  • Registration is now open for SATW’s annual Insitute for Travel Writing and Photography 20-22 May 2005 in Orlando, Florida. It’s practical, focused, and the faculty includes some of the best in the business.

Good luck, and bon voyage!

Link | Posted by Edward on Sunday, 20 March 2005, 14:58 ( 2:58 PM)

Here's another Travel Tips Contest. It's open to anybody and everybody, and the top three most popupar tips will win cash. Prizes range $25 to $150. Entries must be received by May 1, 2005 and consist of fewer than 500 "impeccably chosen words" according to the writeup. Read the rest of the submission guidelines here and good luck!

Posted by: Townsend, 25 March 2005, 20:58 ( 8:58 PM)

Last minute cancellations have opened 2 spaces for travel writers at the popular (usually sold out) Travel Classics West writers conference in Scottsdale, November ( Not your grandma's writers conference, only assigning editors from top notch mags; 3 days of up-close and personal contact, limited number of qualified writers.

Posted by: Karen Misuraca, 12 August 2005, 13:51 ( 1:51 PM)
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