Always wanted to be a travel writer? Well you’re in luck. Last year we ran our travel writing competition and the winner, Steph Dyson Dropdown content, has become one of our regular contributors. This year, we’re opening it up again to seek out the best untapped travel writing talent.
Enter the competition and you could become a Rough Guides writer, as well as bagging £2000 (approx US$2800) to spend on a trip of your choice.
The winner will get a £2000 (or local currency equivalent) travel voucher to spend on planning an unforgettable trip with GapYear.com, a bundle of Rough Guides books, and their winning work will be featured on
Whether it’s rescuing endangered tigers in
Last year’s winner, Steph Dyson, said: “I’d always wanted to visit Patagonia in the south of
Two runners up will also receive a bundle of Rough Guides books and will be published on RoughGuides.com.
If you’re not sure whether you should enter your writing, here are some wise words from last year’s winner, Steph:
“Winning the competition has opened up so many opportunities with both Rough Guides and other travel writing websites.
“The feeling that other travellers are reading my writing, and hopefully being inspired to discover new places as a result, is very addictive and has certainly given me the confidence to pursue a career in writing.
“Having the chance to write for such a globally-renowned publication and work with the Rough Guides web editors has also been invaluable: the feedback and guidance I’ve been given has really helped me to develop as a writer.”
To enter, all you need to do is write a 500-word feature, based on a personal experience, on one of the following themes:
Entries should be emailed to
• Have a clear idea. Can you summarise your story – its setting and its angle combined – in a line or two?
• Take special care over the opening. Stories don’t have to start smack-bang in the thick of the action by any means, but this can be a useful way to engage the reader from the off.
• Readers will turn away at the drop of a hat – keep them with you by clearing your story’s path of all obstructions (such as a dropped hat, unless it’s contributing something).
• Judiciously employ observations (local colour): combined the right way, sights, sounds and smells can spellbind.
• Use temporal and spatial markers to ensure the reader knows where (and when) they are at all times.
Read last year's winning entry
Open to the UK, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, India, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA entrants over the age of 18 only.
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