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 Previously unpublished work only.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.

“The theme for this year’s contest is very broad and in keeping with our editorial. We wish to explore the idea of travel as a way to not only leave behind your material and spiritual preconceptions, but to use the opportunity to open up to ideas, aesthetics, and rituals which you have internalized into your own life going forward. What did you learn during your travels and did this fundamentally transform your perception(s) of the world? Do you believe that you may have touched your hosts in ways which may have in some way transformed their views of the world as well, or is that presumptuous as a de facto “outsider” to their rituals and way of life? As always, we encourage you to approach the subject in the empathetic way in which you traveled and stayed in host countries and homes. Please weave these ideas implicitly into a narrative if this relates to one of your experiences.”


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