Bradt Travel Guides announce the finalists for their 2017 Travel Writer of the Year competition

Bradt Travel Guide Writing Competition

Travel Writing for Bradt Travel Guides Competition

It appears that the “Lost in Translation” theme chosen by Bradt was quite challenging and reduced the number of entrants that submitted their writing.

Some writers ignored the brief completely and even though they were good travel writers their entries were disqualified. Something to bear in mind when you’re entering a travel writing competition is that you follow the theme guidelines.

Destinations don’t need to be exotic; good writers can (and several of you did) create a good story from an event or encounter quite close to home, although – since this is a travel-writing competition – some element of travel does need to be included. A few entrants got so hooked on telling their story that they forgot to ‘paint any pictures’ that would bring it to life for us and help us to visualise the surroundings and people involved. It takes only a very few words to create a vivid image. ~~ Janice Booth, preliminary judge of the New Travel Writer of the Year competition

Entries for this travel writing competition are judged anonymously, and they’ve selected a longlist of 16 entries,

New Travel Writer of the Year 2017 longlist

Here’s the entries from the sixteen finalists so that you can read each one and use them as inspiration to hone your own travel writing skills. Better yet, use it as a research opportunity for your own submission to their 2018 travel writing competition!

I’m looking forward to seeing which of these entries wins Travel Writer of the Year. I’m reading my way through all of them and will pick my own winner.

Update 18th December: Bradt Guides announced the short list

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