Travel writing competition 2015

22/04/2015 10:40

Written by Bradt Travel Guides

We've teamed up again with The Independent on Sunday for our annual Travel Writing Competition, with the support of Stanfords Travel Bookshop and with prizes donated by Discover the WorldRailbookers and Travellers' Tales.

This is the 16th year of our competition. We believe it is now the country's leading travel-writing competition, showing a unique commitment to promoting travel-writing talent. No other competition offers not only fantastic holiday prizes but the opportunity for aspiring writers to secure a commission from a major national newspaper.



First Prize
The wonderful main prize is an eight-day fly-drive holiday for two to Iceland, publication of the winning entry in the travel section of The Independent on Sunday, and a commission from the newspaper to write a feature article about the prize visit to Iceland. This prize can be won by either a previously published or an unpublished writer.

The holiday is provided by Discover the World, leading Iceland experts for over 30 years (, 01737 214285).  This ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ itinerary focuses on the very best highlights of southern and western Iceland, from tiny fishing villages to spectacular waterfalls and glaciers. The prize includes two return flights, hotel accommodation and car hire. 

Best Unpublished Writer Prize
The Best Unpublished Writer will receive a holiday for two (to Italy's Cinque Terre), the opportunity to write a short piece about the trip for publication on The Independent's website
and a place on a travel-writing weekend run by Travellers' Tales (, the UK's leading training agency for travel writing.

The five-night deluxe break for two, travelling by rail from London through the Swiss Alps to the Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera is generously donated by tailor-made rail holiday experts Railbookers (, 020 3327 0869). The prize includes all travel and accommodation.

Best Young Writer Prize
Finally, a winner of the Best Young Writer Prize will secure a place on a Bradt travel-writing seminar (the next one is in November this year) – with a panel including Ben Rossam, travel editor of The Telegraph – and a selection of five Bradt books of their choice. 

Note: Every entry to the main competition will be entered for the First Prize but only unpublished writers will be eligible for the Best Unpublished Writer Prize. Only entries specifically made to the Best Young Writer category will be considered for that category, and they will not be entered for the other two prizes. 


The theme this year is 'Serendipity' and entries must be based on personal experience relating to the theme. Minimum length is 600 words, maximum length is 800 words. The travel-writing competition opens today on the 26th April 2015, and the closing date for entries to reach us is midnight on Tuesday 30th June 2015. The competition is open to all those resident in the UK.

To register for the main competition, click here.

To register for the Young Writer competition, click here

If you have already registered for the main competition and wish to log-in, click here.

If you have already registered for the Young Writer competition and wish to log-in, click here.

Tips & advice

For some advice from our judges and some examples of good writing from last year's competition, click here, and to read last year's winning and short-listed entries, click hereAnd if you’d like more detailed advice from the experts on how to break into travel writing, then book yourself on the next Bradt travel-writing seminar, being held in November and featuring a panel including Ben Ross (travel editor at The Telegraph). If you book now, you will receive an 'early bird' discount! 

Terms & conditions

For full terms and conditions please click here.




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