We just thought we’d remind you that there’s only a month to go before your entries to this year’s New Travel Writer of the Year Competition must be submitted for the next part of the process (we do enjoy this bit!) – the slow and careful judging. We know that some juicy discussions and arguments lie ahead.
We’ve done no more yet than peek quickly at the entries we’ve already received, but this year’s theme does offer a good crop of possibilities so we’re expecting to be dazzled! There’s good scope for descriptive writing, too, to build the atmosphere. The obvious setting is underwater, with all its beauty and inherent danger, but we’re also looking forward to ‘twilight’ communities tucked below cities, crypts, catacombs, subway systems, archaeology – and of course the less physical ones like ‘What’s the actual truth beneath what I, as a tourist, am being told?’ or ‘What intriguing local history underlies the place or person I’m seeing today?’ And that’s not all…
I’m reminded somewhat of a theme some years ago, ‘Lost in Translation’, where the unspoken or unseen often turned out to have more relevance than what was actually said – but yes, that’s different. And of course all the themes above do need to blend well with your own experience.
So, those of you whose paper is still blank…don’t delay! If you miss the deadline you’ll be throwing away your chance to win a fabulous prize, as well as the considerable kudos of getting into our shortlist and being mentioned on our website.
We look forward to receiving your entries!
Janice Booth — Preliminary Judge
This year’s competition closes on 30 November 2022. You can purchase your entry here.
The overall winner will win a three-night stay for two people on the West Iceland Escape trip at Glacier Lodge, sponsored by Discover the World and Play. They will be commissioned to write an article about their trip which will be published on the Bradt and Discover the World websites, as well as in Bradt’s Travel Club magazine.
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