September 21, 2010
12:00 am

The Solas Awards are an annual competition to find the best writing being done about the world today. The Travelers’ Tales editors will 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 a certificate and a copy of the most recent edition of  THE BEST TRAVEL WRITING or THE BEST WOMEN’S TRAVEL WRITING. Plus, winners may be published in Travelers’ Tales books. Check out for details.

October 1, 2010
12:00 am

From the American Society of Media Photographers: PhotoPhilanthropy promotes and connects photographers with non-profit organizations around the world to tell the stories that drive action for social change. The PhotoPhilanthropy website provides a space for photographers, photo enthusiasts and non-profits to come together for collaboration, inspiration, and action.

Each photographer whose work is accepted receives a page on our website and exposure to a growing audience of concerned and committed global citizens.

July 15, 2010
12:00 am

Photo: Creative Learning

Here’s an organization that’s working to promote peace by supporting American volunteerism in mostly-Muslim parts of the world. That’s a cause worth supporting!

And they have  announced an essay contest and a video contest. If I had done anything that qualified, I’d definitely enter this contest. The prizes are real ($2,000 for the 1st place video; $1,000 for the first place essay) and my guess is that there won’t be a huge number of competing entries. Deadline is July 15, 2010.

America’s Unofficial Ambassadors

April 1, 2010
12:00 am

REMINDER: Are your entries ready for the 26th Annual SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition? The deadline is approaching (April 1), and details are posted on the SATW website.

April 30, 2010

EsseryThe Mikel Essery Travel Writing Contest has an interesting story; check out their website. And here’s an open invitation for the travel writing contest. Get your submission in before May 1st.

“We are sending you this sincere invitation to take a look and contribute to the difussion of the Second Mikel Essery Travel Writing Contest 2010 that we want to turn into a cozy, hospitable and truthful place for writers and travelers.

“So far we have successfully completed the first, 2009 edition, and we have received words of encouragement from most of the participants. The winner in this first edition has been the Santa Fe based writer JANN HUIZENGA with the piece KEEPER OF THE KEYS, who has won a 16 day Trip to Costa Rica. Other prizes,

December 16, 2009
12:00 am

Good news! Smithsonian magazine has extended the deadline for their photo contest to Wednesday December 16, 2009 at 2pm Eastern Time.  Contestants may enter photographs in five categories — The Natural World, Americana, Altered Images, Travel and People — that represent subjects of special interest to the magazine.

December 21, 2009
12:00 am

writing_scholarship_tokyoLittleton, CO, November 9, 2009 – Write your way around Tokyo, all-expenses paid, and get published to boot. The travel writing scholarship 2010 from offers chance to explore and cover Tokyo for Rough Guides. in conjunction with Rough Guides, Intrepid Travel and announces a contest for aspiring travel writers ages 18 and up. Candidates can be students, emerging and non-professional writers and lovers of travel looking for a career change. The prize is the chance to travel for a week, all-expenses paid, to Tokyo and learn tricks of the trade from Rough Guides travel writer, Simon Richmond.

October 31, 2009
12:00 am

Every year, National Geographic’s International Photography Contest draws thousands of spectacular photos from users around the world. This year could be your year—send in your photos for a chance to win a digital camera kit and have your image published in the magazine. Winners will be entered into the Worldwide International Photography Contest.

You can submit up to six photos in three categories—People, Places, and Nature—between now and October 31, 2009. Winners will be announced in early December. There is an entry fee of U.S. $12 for each photo.

Contest Website: for complete rules; link for submitting.

September 8, 2009
12:00 am

Round up your best travel photos! National Geographic Traveler has extended the entry deadline for their “World in Focus” photo contest to September 8th. Categories are travel portraits, outdoor scenes, sense of place, spontaneous moments, and photo essay. Grand prize is a 10-day safari in Tanzania.

contest_083109Congratulations to Michael Shapiro for winning the Travel Classics West 2008 contest for Best Travel Story on Arizona. “In ‘Boy of Summer’ freelance writer Michael Shapiro received the ultimate assignment: spend a week in Arizona at a baseball fantasy camp, playing ball with and being coached by San Francisco Giants players who were once his idols.”

Who says travel writing doesn’t pay? Michael won a four-night stay at the Radisson Fort McDowell Resort & Casino, golf at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, dinner for two at Ahnala Mesquite Room, and a horseback ride or a Jeep tour at Fort McDowell Adventures, plus a guaranteed spot at 2009 Travel Classics West 2009 (conference fee included).

November 30, 2009
12:00 am

Woman_NZ200x95The website Wanderlust and Lipstick – “Your destination for women’s travel” announced a travel writing contest with a Grand Prize of a 12-day Health and Harmony land tour of Vietnam—valued at $1995—with Buffalo Tours. There will also be five Best in Category prizes of Bayliss bags from Overland Equipment and CoolMax Blankets and Travel Pillows from Cocoon. The contest is open to women only. Deadline for submitting your entries is November 30, 2009. Categories are:

  • Adventure
  • Family Fun
  • Food & Drink
  • Off the Beaten Path
  • Spiritual

Complete contest details here.

August 24, 2009
12:00 am

The deadline for National Geographic Traveler’s World in Focus photo contest is August 24th.

Grand prize is a 10-day safari trip for one person to Tanzania.

Categories are:

  • TRAVEL PORTRAITS: Travel photos of locals working, playing, celebrating
  • OUTDOOR SCENES: Landscapes, aerials, wildlife, waterscapes.
  • SENSE OF PLACE: Scenes in cities, towns, and villages that suggest a feeling of place.
  • SPONTANEOUS MOMENTS: Photos that capture fun, quirky, unrehearsed moments.
  • PHOTO ESSAY: Up to six images that convey a story around a particular theme.
September 10, 2009
12:00 am

Thanks to Kelly Hayes-Raitt for sending the information below. I’m including this because food and travel are so intimately connected—in my mind, anyway. (Kelly says, “I was just awarded a travel writing fellowship at the Writers’ Colony, which I read about on your blog!  Thank you!”)

NEW 2009 Culinary Writing Fellowship ~ deadline 9/10/09

The Duncan Eat-Write Fellowship Fellowship will be awarded to an author writing a cookbook or work of fiction or nonfiction that involves a love of food or healthful eating. This Fellowship provides a residency in the Writers’ Colony Culinary Suite equipped with full test kitchen. The Culinary Suite and test kitchen were designed, sponsored by and featured in Renovation Home Magazine.

September 21, 2009
12:00 am

From Travelers’ Tales: Award-winning publisher Travelers’ Tales is the sponsor of The Solas Awards, an annual competition to honor excellence in travel writing.

best2009Extraordinary stories about travel and the human spirit have been the cornerstones of our books since 1993. With the Solas Awards we honor writers whose work inspires others to explore. We’re looking for the best stories about travel and the world—funny, illuminating, adventurous, uplifting, scary, inspiring, poignant—stories that reflect the unique alchemy that occurs when you enter unfamiliar territory and begin to see the world differently as a result. We hope these awards will be a catalyst for those who love to leave home and tell others about it.

September 1, 2009
12:00 am

From Christy Quinto at Travelers’ Tales:

Travelers’ Tales is seeking submissions to its annual anthology of the greatest travel stories penned by women from around the world. Our books capture the full range of travel experiences: adventure, mysticism, humor, cross-cultural connection, transformation.

Story length can be anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 words. Previously published pieces are fine, as long as you retain the copyright. Payment is $100 plus a free copy of the anthology. Author Stephanie Elizondo Griest will edit the collection.

September 1, 2009
12:00 am
From Bay Area Travel Writers: The Bay Area Travel Writers organization, based in San Francisco, announces its latest travel book and travel article competition for writers from around the United States and the world. Travel journalists, writers and authors are welcome to enter Planet Earth Awards 2010 with works of this description:

Travel writing that helps to sustain or enhance the unique and valuable character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and/or the well-being of its residents.

Best Travel Article or Essay for Planet Earth
Best Travel Book for Planet Earth

May 15, 2009
12:00 am

Thanks to Larry Habegger for forwarding this information about a writing fellowship offered by The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow. The folks at WCDH mentioned that the fellowship was formed with proceeds from one of Jeff Greenwald’s Strange Travel Suggestions performances; thanks, Jeff!

The Gorrell-Nelson Travel Writing Fellowship
A four week residency

The Hagin-Kaye Travel Writing Fellowship
A two week residency

In the belief that travel is a bridge between peoples, these fellowships are designed for writing that covers global, national and local travel; encourages the conservation and preservation of historic sites and natural wonders; improves and broadens the travel experience with excellence of description; and seeks to make travel and all its beneficial results available and accessible to more people of all ages.

May 15, 2009
12:00 am

From Bradt Travel guides:

Can you write a winning travel article? Don’t miss the chance to enter the Bradt/Independent on Sunday Travel-writing Competition. First prize is an exciting holiday for two in Colombia. The winning story will be published in The Independent on Sunday and the author will earn a commission from the newspaper.

The competition is open to anyone over 18 worldwide, whether you are a published writer or not. The theme this year is ‘Destination Unknown’ and entries must contain a strong travel element and be no more than 800 words. To encourage new writers, there is also a prize specifically for those who have not been published before. Unpublished writers are eligible for both categories.

April 30, 2009
12:00 am

You can submit writing about anything — not necessarily travel-related — for this contest. The prize is a ticket to anywhere in the world you want to go (max $2,000). Check out the excellent writing that has won prizes in previous years, and get your application in by April 30, 2009. Thanks to Eva Schlesinger for the link.


Welcome back to the Writer’s Travel Scholarship, now in its fifth fabulous year! This is is a short-form writing contest where the winner gets a round-trip ticket to anywhere in the world. Really.

Naturally, I do see a lot of travel writing submissions, but I’d like to reiterate that this is not about travel writing: it’s about writers traveling. Anything is fair game, as long as it’s prose under 10,000 words. Fiction, non-fiction, memoir, porn, whatever… just make it a good read.

“Why do you do this?” is a frequently-asked-question. So I will repeat (say it with me this time):

I think travel is good. I think writing is good. I think it is important that writers travel.

Applications are open from now until midnight April 30th, 2009. The winner will be announced May 15th.

Changes from last year

April 1, 2009
12:00 am

From American Airlines:

Share a Tip, Win a Trip. Time for another Milestones sweepstakes and this year there are even more cities to share about and even more miles to win! One first-place winner will fly away with 275,000 AAdvantage® miles — that’s enough for two people to fly First Class to practically any American Airlines destination worldwide — and 10 second-place winners will pick up 1,000 AAdvantage miles each. Plus the more tips you share the more likely you are to win. Winners will be announced on or around May 15, 2009 so check back soon! What are you waiting for?”

April 3, 2009
12:00 am

From the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW):
It’s time to start thinking about your entries for the 25th Annual SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition.

We have just posted all the information and the entry form on our Web site, The deadline is April 3, 2009

February 15, 2009
12:00 am

Thanks to Eva Schlesinger for forwarding this information from Transitions Abroad:

Guidelines for the 2009 Expatriate Writing Contest invites you to enter its 2009 Expatriate Travel Writing Contest, for which all entries must be received by February 15, 2009.

Professionals, freelancers and aspiring writers are invited to write articles which describe their experience living abroad. Often your experience abroad may be extended by working or studying in the host country, so living, working, and studying abroad are often inextricable, and we are interested in these aspects as well.

January 9, 2009
12:00 am

From GeckoGoneBlogging:

“Wanna be a travel writer? Get a World Nomads’ 2009 Travel Scholarship & Writing assignment. Love to travel? Want to be a published travel writer?

“Here’s your awesome chance to do it – between now and January 9, 2009 – our friends over at World Nomads are offering a travel writing scholarship to Kerala, where you’ll be writing for Footprint Guides.

“What do I win?

* flight to Kerala, India between February 16th and March 7, 2008
* a 10-day tour with Blue Yonder Tour
* self-guided assignment updating travel insurance: accommodations, bars & restaurants, etc.
* Footprint travel writing assignment for Footprints India 2009

December 15, 2008
11:00 pm

Travel writing contest calls for submissions on the ‘dangerous world’

Professionals, freelancers and writers worldwide are invited to submit their travel stories to the 2009 Narrative Travel Writing Contest, organized by

The theme for this year’s contest is “Travel in a Dangerous World.” Submissions should address whether the world is truly more dangerous than it has ever been, or if governments and media have exaggerated the threats.

Stories will be judged based on their sensitivity to the people and culture being described, ability to engage the reader, and literary quality.

October 27, 2008
12:00 am
Fiction, non-fiction, memoir, essay, graphic novels, comics, photography, audio theater, spoken performance, short films, documentaries … you send it in, and Narrative magazine will consider it. Complete contest info here. Entry deadline is October 27, 2008.
“Narrative is calling on writers, visual artists, photographers, performers, and filmmakers, ages eighteen to thirty, to tell us a story. We are interested in narrative in the many forms it takes: the word and the image, the traditional and the innovative, the true and the imaginary.

“Awards: First Prize is $1,500, Second Prize is $750, and Third Prize is $300. The prize winners will be announced in Narrative. Additionally, ten finalists will be chosen and announced in the magazine. All entries will be considered for publication. (Limit of two entries per individual.)”

« go backkeep looking »
  • Receive Travel Writers News updates via email

  • Upcoming Events

    April 2019
    M T W T F S S
  • Available in August, 2017

    I'm thrilled that it's getting rave reviews! Order your copy of Your Crocodile has Arrived from Book Passage, and I'll be happy to sign it.  
  • Winner of 4 Literary Awards in 2017

    Lost Kidnapped Eaten Alive!Order your copy of Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive from Book Passage, and I'll be happy to sign it.
  • Get Occasional Updates

    You can also sign up for my personal Laurie McAndish King mailing list for occasional updates about readings and events.