Trekking path in Nepal / ©2015 by Jeff Greenwald

And you can subscribe on iTunes. Here are the details from Ethical Traveler founder, ace travel writer and storyteller extraordinaire Jeff Greenwald:

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Fellow Travelers,

Most of you are familiar with my writing, photography, and/or performance. I’m writing because I recently started a new project, and it’s finally in full swing. I’d love your input, and your support.

April 1, 2016

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The deadline is April 1, 2016. Here’s SATW’s announcement for the 2015-16 SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition:

The contest invites work in all types of media, including online and broadcast, not just print. All entries must be made through the BetterBNC Media Awards Platform. Electronic entries are required in most categories.

What’s new for 2016:
We have added a new category, Culinary-Related Travel, which recognizes coverage of travel that is focused on food, beverages, restaurants and other eating experiences that help define a destination. This is for individual work.

Saving Vatika Bay

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Connie Burke and Barbara Euser are attempting to protect the underwater archeological site of Pavlopetri and the ecosystem of Vatika Bay in Greece. In an effort to bring the situation to the attention of readers, they’ve decided to publish an anthology of essays with the working title Saving Vatika Bay. The call for submissions is below.

Writers’ Workshops International
Call for submissions:

September 21, 2014

SolasAwardsThe Solas Awards are an annual competition to find the best writing being done about the world today. Travelers’ Tales editors choose winners in 21 categories ranging from adventure to humor, from destination to memoir, and everything in between. The grand prize category has cash awards of $1,000, $750, and $500; all other category winners receive an awards certificate. Plus, winners may be published in Travelers’ Tales books. Check out for previous winners, submission guidelines, details of the awards and more.

viewbugThis site lists photo contests—the subjects vary from human lips to lighthouses.

SanMiguelWritersConfThanks to travel, golf, and culture writer Karen Misuraca for the link to this list from the San Miguel Writers Conference website: 12 Indie Presses Looking for Submissions “who will either accept query letters directly from writers or who will accept submissions of writing directly from writers.”

May 1, 2014

Natures-BestEnter the 2014 Windland Smith Rice International Awards contest by May 1. Category winners and a selection of highly honored images are exhibited at the Smithsonian. Get all the details, rules, photo tips, and learn more at Nature’ The $25 entry fee allows you to upload up to 20 images.

January 31, 2014
12:00 am

PottsFrom Rolf Potts: As the dawn of another year begins, we here at Vagablogging are seeking out new contributors to join our ranks, sharing our vagabonding wisdom with a growing worldwide community of long-term travelers.

We’re looking for dedicated weekly contributors to post on vagabonding-related topics of their choice — from travel tips to destination suggestions to reviews of travel media.

The ideal writer should be familiar with Vagabonding and the philosophy behind it. To get an idea what we’re looking for in terms of content and style, take a look at our recent posts and archives. The best posts are informative in nature and conversational in tone. The deadline for submitting is January 31st. We’ll announce our new contributors on February 15th. More information here.

March 1, 2014
12:00 am

travelerstalesFrom Lavinia Spalding: I’m excited to announce that I’ll be editing the next edition of The Best Women’s Travel Writing.This is the tenth collection in this award-winning series by Travelers’ Tales, and the fourth I’ve edited. I’m looking forward to reading this year’s submissions! Please send me your best true travel tales for consideration. Stories can already be published, provided you retain the rights.

Details here.  The deadline is March 1, 2014.

January 19, 2014
12:00 am

NYTThanks to Eva Schlesinger for this tip: Free essay contest for college and graduate students ages 18+ offers the opportunity to take a reporting trip to the developing world with NY Times reporter Nick Kristof. Prize includes a round-trip airplane ticket, all trip-related meals, lodging and transportation and other out-of-pocket expenses. The approximate value of the award is $4,500 (but it may not be redeemed for cash value). The winner also receives the opportunity to submit a regular column for publication in the TimesSelect section of the New York Times website.

Deadline for entries is January 19, 2014.

January 15, 2014
12:00 am

transitionsabroadThanks to Eva Schlesinger for this tip: Transitions Abroad sponsors a free contest for travel narratives. The top prize is $500; there are also cash prizes for the 2nd and 3rd places and runners-up. Entry deadline is January 15th, 2014. Length 1,000 to 5,000 words. Previously unpublished work only.

Contest guidelines are here, along with links to previous winning essays.

Provence-bookEnter here for your chance to win a trip inspired by Luke Barr’s critically acclaimed new book, Provence, 1970. (No purchase necessary, but you have to sign up to get email from all the sponsors.)

The prize includes:

  • 4 Nights at Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa
  • 2 Round-Trip Airline Tickets from Air France
  • A COOKING LESSON AT LA PITCHOUNE—Julia Child’s Provencal kitchen
  • 1 Alpha Lightweight International Carry-On—in Baltic from Tumi
  • 1 Alpha Companion Tote in Baltic from Tumi
  • 2 France Travel Guides from Fodor’s
  • 2 Copies of Provence, 1970, to read before you go!Chateau
September 17, 2013
12:00 amto9:00 am

NBP“The White House has declared September 2013 as National Wilderness Month. In recognition of this event, we are extending the ‘Wilderness Forever’ photo contest for two weeks. Winning images will be exhibited at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Enter today and join in the 50th anniversary celebration of the Wilderness Act.”

Uploads must be completed by 11:59 pm EST on Sept. 17, 2013. Entry form is here.

September 21, 2013

solasThe deadline for this year’s Solas Awards for Best Travel Story of the Year is just a few days away. To enter this year’s competition, go to and follow the instructions. As of [September 13] , competition is light in the following categories:

Adventure Travel
Animal Encounter
Cruise Story
Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers
Elder Travel
Love Story

December 31, 2013
12:00 am

press53.pngThanks to Eva Schlesinger for sending this information about an upcoming anthology: “In the 21st century, knowledge of the world around us grows increasingly important, and fiction set in other countries has become extremely popular. Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet (Edited by Clifford Garstang, to be published by Press 53 in Fall 2014) is an anthology (and potential series) of short fiction (short stories of any length, short shorts, and flash) set around the globe, including the United States.

August 22, 2013

world-in-focusThe World in Focus photo contest is open for entries until August 22nd, 2013. One professional winner and one amateur winner will each receive:

• A one-week, hands-on photo workshop in Maine, courtesy of Maine Media Workshops.
• A full-conference pass to PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo ($499 value)

FIVE professional winners and five amateur winners will each receive:

contestsCheck out Free Travel Contests, “home of one of the web’s largest collections of active travel contests.”

“Through this site, we hope to bring you dozens of current promotions from around the world for you to enter to maximize your chances to win great travel related prizes including trips, hotel packages, gear, money, and more! As this site is a dynamic and constantly updating contest listing, check back frequently for more contests or subscribe to our mailing list on the sidebar to be notified when new contests are added!”

Here’s what they have listed for contests with August and September, 2013 deadlines:

September 3, 2013
12:00 am
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In 2014, America’s Wilderness Act will reach its golden anniversary. In tribute to this milestone, Wilderness50—a coalition of government agencies, nonprofit groups, foundations, and other supporters—have joined together to celebrate the 50-year mark through educational events including the “Wilderness Forever” nationwide photography competition at the Smithsonian. All photos must be taken at a designated U. S. Wilderness Area. More info.

entry-formDEADLINE : September 3, 2013.
ENTRY FEE: $20 for up to 20 images total per submission.
CATEGORIES: Scenic Landscape, Wildlife, People in Wilderness, Most Inspirational Moment.

queenslandTravelers: Submit your most inspired images and stories of travel, culture, and adventure, and you may win an all-expenses paid trip to Queensland, Australia this summer.

“The #travelstoke: Queensland contest is about writers, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers who love to travel, and produce media that shares this stoke. The winner will be chosen as Matador’s correspondent on the ground for a week’s journalistic mission in Queensland, building his or her itinerary around the elements, places, and cultures they find most interesting. From exploration in the Outback to surfing and diving some of the world’s most epic spots, this is an opportunity for travel journalists to take their work to the next level.

June 30, 2013
12:00 am

Submit your best travel photos and you could win amazing prizes, including a National Geographic Expedition to the Galápagos and an opportunity to be published in Traveler magazine. Plus, check in every week to see recent entries and our editors’ favorites, and vote for your top picks!”

All entries must be received by June 30, 2013.NatGeochicks

May 2, 2011
12:00 am

Call for entries: The annual Windland Smith Rice International Awards competition deadline is just days away! Enter your best nature photography before May 2, 2011 for a chance to exhibit your work at the Smithsonian.

The Nature’s Best Photography concept began with simple yet dynamic goals: to celebrate the beauty and diversity of nature through the art of photography, and to use this far-reaching medium as a creative tool for encouraging greater public interest in outdoor enjoyment and conservation stewardship.

June 1, 2011

Posted on February 23, 2011
Deadline: June 1, 2011

The Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives program at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is accepting proposals for its 2011 documentary film grants program.

The program seeks to fund documentary film projects that address the significant social challenges of our time or explore important but under-reported topics. Domestic and international topics are welcome; preference will be given to projects that align with one of MacArthur’s grantmaking areas. Support will be provided primarily for production and post-production activities (although some of the funds may be used for pre-production or outreach activities). Documentary stories that will be told both in film and a second medium are encouraged.

April 1, 2011
12:00 am

It’s time to begin gathering your best work over the past year to enter in the 27th Annual Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition, sponsored by the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation.

All information and entry materials are posted online at SATW has made a number of changes this year, including more categories for online work. Sign up here to receive updates by email. Entries must be postmarked by April 1.

December 19, 2010

Waves and weather, feeding and breeding, tropical and temperate reefs, seashores and sunken vessels … if you have a great ocean photo, check out the Ocean Views contest. Entries are due by December 20; top prize is a one-week dive trip.

February 15, 2011

Thanks to Karen Misuraca for forwarding this information:

It’s that time of year to submit your best tourism-oriented stories and photos published on Canada in 2010. The 14th annual Northern Lights Awards for Excellence in Travel Journalism and Photography is open to magazines, newspapers, independent writers, photographers and Internet reporters in North America, published in either French or English outlets. Entries for the competition must be postmarked by February 15, 2011. The complete rules and entry form are available online.

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