New Travel Writer of the Year 2024: Shortlisted Entries

Entries will open for the next competition in November 2024.

UPDATE: The winner of our 2024 New Travel Writer of the Year competition is Sinean Callery. Read her winning article, Lost and Found, here.

The shortlist has been decided!

After a morning spent in vigorous debate, the five judges unanimously agreed on the finalists for this competition.

Before coming together everyone mentioned the very high quality of writing this year, with the theme ‘Taking the Risk’ inspiring some thrilling stories and admiration for the sheer courage of some of these writers. Because of the high standard we agreed to make the shortlist four, rather than the usual three. 

Those that didn’t quite make it but scored highly get a Highly Commended mention and the other worthy writers on the long list are Commended.

The finalists are…

The Winner

Lost and FoundSinean Callery 

The Shortlist

The Golden City Becci Jewell

Niqabs in the Saudi DustLisa Bischoff 

Risks, Reservoirs and RewardsJemima Blench 

Many congratulations to all four for some tremendous writing.

Highly Commended

In Too DeepJacqueline Hitt

Let the Nubbel Take the BlameAmelia Hodsdon

Sprindrift and Fear Annabel Jackson Prow

A Pilgrimage in Tibet Gareth Roberts

Stranded in the Kalahari Nikki Scrivener


Sun, Sea and SanitiserChris Baker

Showing Them EuropeEmily Collins

A Walk to WorkPriscilla Megalaa 

A Silent EmbraceNovaya Politra

The Prize

All four will be invited to the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards in London on 20th March, where the winner will be revealed.

The winner will receive a five nights’ all-inclusive stay at Calabash Cove Resort & Spa on the island of St Lucia, in a Sunset Oceanview Junior Suite. They will also receives a paid commission to write about their trip for Traveller magazine.

Prizes courtesy of St Lucia Tourism Authority and Calabash Cove Resort & Spa.