6 Travel Writing Contests to Enter Right NOW – January Edition

by Heather Carreiro on January 14, 2011

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Two of the travel writing contests listed below (#2 and #4) were also featured in the December Edition, but since the deadlines haven’t passed yet I’ve included them again here.

1. Grantourismo Travel Blogging Competition: January

Prize:

First Prize – $750 HomeAway rental voucher, a ViaTour voucher worth $150 and a Trourist Moleskin notebook. Sweet prizes for 2nd and 3rd place are also up for grabs. Read more details on the contest post.

Submissions:

250-word blog post + one photograph on the theme of “slowing down and settling in for a while.”

Previously Published Works:

Only if published on your blog.

Notes:

To enter you’ll also need to be a user of Twitter, Google Friend Connect and Facebook and subscribe to Grantourismo’s RSS feed.

Deadline:

January 31, 2011

Winners Announced:

Beginning of February

2. Creative Nonfiction: Narrative About “The Night”

Prize:

$5000 for Best Essay plus publication in CNF’s Summer 2011 issue, $2500 plus publication in CNF online

Submissions:

Non-fiction piece up to 4,000 words. From the CNF submission call:

Creative Nonfiction and The Salt Institute are seeking essays about “The Night”: It was a dark and stormy night; Strangers in the Night; the night sky; Friday Night Lights; things that go bump in the night; Take Back the Night; night owls; The Night Before Christmas; The Night Watch; The Night Kitchen; The Armies of the Night; The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down; prom night; date night; Good Night, Nurse!

Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with a significant element of research or information, and reach for some universal or deeper meaning in personal experiences. We’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice.

Previously Published Works:

No

Notes:

$20 reading fee or $25 for reading fee plus 4-issue CNF subscription. This contest is not specially for travel writers but for all forms of creative nonfiction. Multiple entries welcome.

Deadline:

Postmarked by January 31, 2011

Winners Announced:

?

3. Trazzler Chicago Writing Contest

Prize:

Editor’s Choice Grand Prize – $2000 freelance contract + 10 free hotel nights, Editor’s Choice Runners Up (2 prizes) – $1000 freelance contract + 5 free hotel nights, People’s Choice Awards (2 prizes) – 5 free hotel nights

Submissions:

Write a Trazzler trip (60-120 words) on the them of juxtapositions. Description from Trazzler:

Whether it’s in art, nature, or society, nothing creates excitement and interest like an unexpected juxtaposition. Think of a quiet corner in the midst of urban chaos, a waterfall tucked into a suburban cul de sac, a modern Frank Lloyd Wright house on a southern plantation, a red-rock canyon desert winding out of a village in Provence, a rollicking Irish pub inserted into a former Catholic church, a snow-capped peak fit for sledding on a tropical island…

The idea for this contest is to write about any place where you discovered a surprising cultural or natural contrast–we’re leaving it wide open to your interpretation. The winners will travel to Chicago and explore and write about the city’s vibrant collection of neighborhoods–a living gallery of beautiful and ever-changing juxtapositions.

Previously Published Works:

No

Notes:

Semifinalists are chosen by votes. Writers active in social media are likely to have a better chance of making it to the semi-final round.

Deadline:

February 15, 2011 – voting from Feb 16th to Feb 28th

Winners Announced:

Week of March 7th, 2011

4. Creative Nonfiction: Narrative About Anger and Revenge

Prize:

$1000 for Best Essay and $500 for Runner-Up, as chosen by CNF editors

Submissions:

Non-fiction piece up to 5,000 words. From the CNF submission call:

For an upcoming issue, Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays about anger and revenge, true tales of frustration and retribution, long-buried memories of outrage and reprisal–or the absence of either. We’re looking for stories that explore the lost art of the thoughtful diatribe, illustrate the beauty of the lyrical barb, invent elaborate secret plots, and generally don’t play well with others.

Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with a significant element of research or information, and reach for some universal or deeper meaning in personal experiences. We’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice.”

Previously Published Works:

No

Notes:

$20 reading fee

Deadline:

Postmarked by March 16, 2011

Winners Announced:

?

5. IFWTWA Excellence Awards for Emerging and Established Writers

Prize:

Varies by category, but prizes include benefits like a one-year IFWTWA membership, complimentary participation in the annual IFWTWA conference, a cash prize and publication in Global Writes

Submissions:

A published or unpublished (depends on your entry category) piece about food, wine, travel or some combination of two or three of those elements.

Previously Published Works:

Yes for professional writers, no for emerging writers.

Notes:

I actually won first place in this contest for 2010 and am now an IFWTWA member. Looking forward to meeting other members at the annual conference in June and hopefully on some upcoming press trips.

Read my winning story from the 2010 contest – Cooking in Lahore: An American Woman in a Pakistani Kitchen
Read JoAnna Haugen‘s winning story from the 2009 contest – Cusco, Peru: The Heart of the Inca Empire

There is a $15 one-time entry fee for the contest.

Deadline:

August 31, 2010 for writing awards.

Winners Announced:

6. Amazing Travel Stories

Prize:

$500 1st prize, $150 2nd prize, $50 3rd prize plus $100 for entrant who gets the most “likes” on Facebook

Submissions:

Submissions requirements are a bit vague – click here to see last year’s winning travel writing contest entries.

Previously Published Works:

?

Notes:

Read the site’s Travel Writing Tips and What We Look For in Selecting Contest Winners before submitting.

Deadline:

August 31, 2011

Winners Announced

September 20, 2011

*Feature photo: Duarte Carreiro

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