Bradt New Travel Writer of the Year 2022 – competition entry for authors of Travel Write


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One entry to the Bradt Guides New Travel Writer of the Year competition 2022. Instructions for how to enter the competition will be emailed to you on purchase.

The competition

Enter the world’s best competition for unpublished travel writers – and contributors to the Bradt Guides Travel Write anthology!

For over twenty years, Bradt Guides’ New Travel Writer of the Year competition has been seeking out and championing new writing talent. Previous winners and finalists in the competition have gone on to see their work published in newspapers, travel magazines and books.

Once again part of the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards, the leading book trade awards for travel writers,  this is an unrivalled opportunity for unpublished travel writers.

The theme

The theme for this year’s competition is It was strangely quiet. Entrants are invited to submit an original piece of writing of between 600 and 800 words which either includes this phrase or clearly touches on the theme.

The piece must be a true story, based on the writer’s personal experience and written as a first-hand account, in the first person and in English.

The prizes

Three finalists will be invited to attend the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards in London in early 2022.

The overall winner will be crowned our New Travel Writer of the Year, have their piece published in Wexas’ Traveller magazine and win a £100 Bradt voucher.

The judges

Judges for this year’s competition include:

  • Hilary Bradt, founder of Bradt Guides
  • Adrian Phillips, MD of Bradt Guides
  • Janice Booth, author of several Bradt guides
  • Amy Sohanpaul, editor of Traveller Magazine
  • Jonathan Lorie, travel-writing trainer and author of The Travel Writer’s Way.

Before you enter

To give yourself the best possible chance of success, have look at preliminary judge Janice Booth’s article about what the judges are looking for from 2016. You can also read all of last year’s longlisted entries. Still not sure whether to throw your hat into the ring? Read Jonathan Lorie’s article on travel writing competitions.

Am I eligible?

The competition is open to unpublished writers only. We define this as someone who has not previously been paid for a travel-related piece of writing published either in print or online. There are always grey areas with this, so for further clarification please see the competition rules here, and if you’re still not sure get in touch.

The small print

Entry fee: £10.

Deadline for entries: 7 November 2021.

Full details of how to submit your entry will be sent upon payment of the entry fee. You can order the ebook or print edition – NB if you order the print edition you will need to pay a delivery charge on top of your entry fee. You can see our delivery charges here.

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