Saturday, 18 May 2013

Bradt Travel Guide/Independent on Sunday Writing Competition deadline 2 June 2013

This competition is for any of you budding travel writers out there:

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Bradt/Independent on Sunday

Travel-Writing Competition 2013

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Once again Bradt has teamed up with The Independent on Sunday for our annual Travel Writing Competition, with the support of Stanfords travel bookshop and with prizes donated by the Croatian National Tourist Office, the Istria Tourist Board and Travellers' Tales.
This is the 14th year of our competition, and whether you enjoy writing for pleasure or hope to forge a career as a travel writer, it offers a wonderful opportunity. In previous years, unpublished writers have frequently scooped the main prize, and both winners and shortlisted entrants have often used their success as a springboard into the world of travel writing. Indeed, Catriona Rainsford, winner of the prize for the best unpublished writer in 2010, has just had her first book - The Urban Circus - published in the Bradt literary series to great acclaim. Click here to read about the experiences of another of our previous winners.

The prizes: a holiday to Istria and a commission from The Independent on Sunday

The prizes are very special indeed. In addition to having their winning entry published in the Travel section of The Independent on Sunday, this year's overall winner will fly off on a holiday for two to the region of Istria in Croatia. And that's not all. The winner will also earn a paid commission from the newspaper to write a travel feature about their prize holiday. This prize can be won by either a previously published or unpublished writer.

A prize will also be awarded to an unpublished writer. This is a place on a travel-writing weekend run by Travellers' Tales, the UK's leading training agency for travel writing. Every entry to the competition will be entered for the first prize; only unpublished writers will eligible for the special prize.

How to enter

The competition is open to all writers resident in the UK. The theme this year is 'A Narrow Escape' and entries must be based on personal experience relating to the theme. Minimum length is 600 words, maximum length is 800 words. The closing date for entries to reach us is midnight on Sunday 2nd June 2013.

For the full terms and conditions please click here.

To register for entry into the competition, click here. If you have already registered, log in here. You can log in and work on your entry anytime until the closing date, but once your entry has been submitted it can no longer be amended.

Full details of the Istria prize

The main prize of a one-week holiday for two to Istria is provided courtesy of the Croatia National Tourist Office and the Istria Tourist Board. This peninsula in the northern Adriatic rivals Tuscany and Provence for picturesque towns and sleepy villages. Its hilly interior contains medieval villages, unique agro-tourism initiatives and plenty of olive groves and vineyeards; the coastline is never far away, offering pretty coves and hidden bays to explore. You'll take time to discover the Venetian town of Rovinj and the magnificent Roman amphitheatre at Pula, as well as enjoy the region's wonderful gastronomy - including truffles and just-caught fish. The prize features return flights, transfers and four-star accommodation, as well as guided tours and wine and olive oil tastings. The tourist boards will prepare a bespoke itinerary, but you'll also have time to explore the area yourself. There will be lots to write about in your article.

Examples of previous winners

In the 2012 Competition, the winners were Julia Bohanna and Jo Forel. A Wolf in the Mountains was voted best entry overall, and Julia won a trip to Abruzzo courtesy of Railbookers (and a commission from The Independent on Sunday). Unpublished entrant Jo wrote The Whale, for which she won a place on an overseas travel-writing course through Travellers' Tales.

A few tips from the judges – and the Bradt travel-writing seminar

For some advice from our judges and some examples of good writing from last year's competition, click here. And don't forget to book yourself on the next Bradt travel-writing seminar, being held in September and featuring a panel including Ben Ross, travel editor at The Independent; for full details of the seminar programme, click here.

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