List of Travel Writing Competitions

Competition images from Saffron Travel

Here’s a list of travel writing competitions with details of the competition host, the deadline date, a few key details and a website link for more information.

If you host (or hear about) a travel writing competition, please leave me a comment below, and I’ll add it to the list.

Competiton Host Deadline Date Competition Details Website
Matador Network Competitions Ongoing Nearly every month Matador runs some kind of contest – whether writing, photography, and sometimes just good old fashioned giveaways. Please check in with our contest page to see the latest contests we’re running. Click for More Info
Just Back Travel Travel Writing Competition hosted by The Telegraph Weekly Your travel writing could earn you £1,000 as the ‘Just Back’ article of the year. The weekly prize is £200 in currency from the Post Office Click for More Info
Bradt Travel Guides “New Travel Writer of the Year” 2016 January 2, 2017 600–800 words relating to the theme ‘A brief encounter’. The piece must be original, written in the first person and based on personal experience relating to the theme.

The wonderful main prize is an Edward Stanford Awards antique globe trophy, a 7-day Gorillas and Lions Safari in Uganda provided by TravelLocal, a commission to write an article about the prize trip for publication on the Bradt website, and a place on the annual Bradt Travel-Writing Seminar (run in conjunction with Travellers’ Tales, the UK’s leading training agency for aspiring travel writers)

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Lonely Planet Kids: writing competition 2017 February 3, 2017 Using between 100 and 200 words, tell us about a recent trip you took and why it was memorable for you. Your blog could be about a faraway place, or somewhere closer to home – so long as it was an adventure! We’d also love you to illustrate your writing, using either a drawing or a photograph.


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Birds of a Feather Press 2017 Competition  February 28, 2017 (THIS IS A COMPETITION WE’RE HOSTING)

Have you ever left a destination with the information you wished you’d known when you arrived? Something that was missing from your travel guide? Well now’s your chance to fill in the gaps. Let us know your Travel Guide Gap, by entering our 2017 Travel Writing Competition.

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Fall 2016 Travel Writing Contest hosted by Nowhere January 1, 2017 Award-winning literary travel magazine, Nowhere, is accepting submissions for the 2016 Fall Travel Writing Contest. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine.

** $20 entry fee **

(They also host a Spring competition each year)

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Twelfth Annual Solas Awards September 21, 2017 Award-winning publisher Travelers’ Tales is the sponsor of The Solas Awards, an annual competition to honor excellence in travel writing. $1,000 Gold,
$750 Silver, $500 Bronze
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Expatriate and Work Abroad Writing Contest hosted by Transitions Abroad Contest begins July 15, 2016, and ends May 15, 2017 Win $500/$150/$100/$50. Submit An original and unpublished essay of between 1,000 and 5,000 words relating to your experience living, moving, or working abroad. Click for More Info
Roam Alone Travel Anthology hosted by Bradt Travel Guides October 31st 2016 Bradt is looking for inspirational stories about travelling alone to include in a new collection of true-life tales publishing in 2017. Those travellers whose tales are selected for publication will receive a small fee and two complimentary copies of the book. Click for More Info
Share Your Outrageous Travel Horror Story! Hosted by CheapOAir October 25th 2016 You could win one of the three $200 CheapOair gift cards. Your frightful tale could turn your frown upside down! They are choosing the best of the worst stories to share on our blog and give gift cards to the top three submissions that made us laugh, cringe, and/or cry the most. Click for More Info
The Irish Times travel writing competition 2016 October 8th, 2016  Want to win a travel-writing assignment abroad for The Irish Times Magazine? Enter our annual competition, in association with Travel Department Click for More Info
Off the Beaten Track Writing Competition hosted by Senior Travel Expert September 30, 2016 Free To Enter and offers a prize of £100 to the author of the best entry. We are seeking aspiring or established travel writers to send us interesting, original writing relating to the competition theme: Off the Beaten Track. Entrants must be 55+ Click for More Info
Expatriate and Work Abroad Writing Contest hosted by Transitions Abroad May 31, 2016 Win $500/$150/$100/$50 for Sharing Your Living and/or Work Abroad Experience Click for More Info
 National Geographic Travel Writing Competition2016 30 April 2016 The winner will see their piece published in the National Geographic magazine and on Plus, they’ll enjoy an epic 17-day expedition to Madagascar, courtesy of Natural World Safaris, worth almost £6,000! Click for More Info
2016 Travel Writing Competition hosted by I Must Be Off July 31st 2016 Type up those travel articles, travel anecdotes and travel reflections. The Top essays will be published at I Must Be Off! (Authors retain copyright.) Click for More Info
2016 Rough Guides Travel Writing Competition 1 May 2016 The winner will get a £2000 (or local currency equivalent) travel voucher to spend on planning an unforgettable trip with, a bundle of Rough Guides books, and their winning work will be featured on Click for More Info
Narrative Travel Writing Contest hosted by Transitions Abroad Febuary 22, 2016 Writers are invited to submit an article that describes how traveling in a slower manner and attempting to adapt to the space and time of locals, their culture, and land has deepened the experience of both the people and the destination.$500 Click for More Info

2017 Travel Writing Competition list from Birds of a Feather Press

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