New Travel Writer of the Year winner announced

At a gala dinner at Mayfair’s Unit London, Hilary Bradt and Wexas Travel’s David Ward announced the winner of the 2019 New Travel Writer of the Year competition, in association with the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards.

Written by Bradt Travel Guides

The four finalists in our New Travel Writer of the Year competition, Celia Dillow, Moira Ashley, Hannah Doyle and Amanda Huggins, joined representatives of Bradt, Wexas Travel and Travellers’ Tales at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards night in Mayfair’s Unit London on 28th February. 

2018 finalists by Edward Stanford Travel Writing AwardsThis year’s stiff competition saw the shortlist increase from three people to four © Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards

In front of a crowd of industry professionals and established travel writers, David Ward, Head of Content at Wexas Travel, took to the stage with our founder Hilary Bradt to announce who would be taking home one of the coveted Edward Stanford antique globe trophies.

Hilary Bradt and David Ward by Edward Stanford Travel Writing AwardsHilary Bradt and David Ward revealed which of our finalists would be taking home the top prize © Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards

Each of our finalists were hoping to win our top prize of a trip to Lapland courtesy of Wexas Travel, and the chance to write about it for Wexas Traveller magazine, but it was Celia Dillow who came up trumps with her story, Reflections of Dubai – to read the entries written by our other shortlisted candidates, click here

Celia Dilow by Edward Stanford Travel Writing AwardsCelia Dillow’s commentary on the city of Dubai was this year’s favourite © Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards

All three finalists win a place on the Bradt Travel Writing Seminar in association with Travellers’ Tales.  

Congratulations, Celia! 

If you’re a budding travel-writer make sure you sign up to our e-newsletter to be the first to hear about any future competitions. 

If you have any questions about the competition, including the judging process, please contact

        ESTWA 19 logo

Back to the top

Bradt Guides Collections

Enjoy huge discounts on a series of our books – up to 40% off!

From the Rails Collection – 22% off RRP!
Activity Collection – 33% off RRP!
Make the Most of Your Travels Collection – 27% off RRP!
Wildlife Weekends Collection – 39% off RRP!
New Travel Writing Collection –  21% off RRP!
Big Cat Collection – 64% off RRP!
Travel Writing Anthologies Collection – 40% off RRP!
Best of Britain Collection – 35% off RRP!