The Best Travel Writing Contests of 2023

Writing competitions curated by Reedsy

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The Soundtrack of Travel

Intrepid Times

Intrepid Times is inviting travelers and writers from all countries, at all levels of writing experience, to incorporate music into a travel story (1200-2000 words). The way you achieve this is up to you, but be creative and bold in the way you use music to help build your story. Your travel story should, as always, grow around the context of a place or experience; we want to see music being used in a way that enhances both.

Top prize

$200

Additional prizes

Publication

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: August 31, 2023 (Expired)


Genres

Non-fiction, Travel

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Travel Writing Award

Ottawa Tourism

Ottawa Tourism offers an annual $500 CAD prize for outstanding travel writing featuring Canada’s Capital Region. Eligible entries include items in English or in French that have appeared in magazines, newspapers, or online media in 2023 that highlight Ottawa as a travel destination.

Top prize

$500 CAD

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: February 02, 2024


Genres

Travel

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Anthology Travel Writing Competition 2023

Anthology Magazine

The Anthology Travel Writing Competition is open to original and previously unpublished travel articles in the English language by writers of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. We are looking for an engaging article that will capture the reader’s attention, conveying a strong sense of the destination and the local culture. Max 1000 words.

Top prize

€500

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $16

Deadline: November 30, 2023


Genres

Essay, Non-fiction, Travel

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100 Word Writing Contest

Tadpole Press

100 words per entry. Submit as many entries as you’d like. All ages. All genders. All nationalities. All writers welcome. The theme is using humor as healing.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

2nd: writing coach package 3rd: developmental or diversity editing package.

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: April 30, 2023 (Expired)


Genres

Essay, Fantasy, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Humor, Memoir, Mystery, Non-fiction, Science Fiction, Science Writing, Thriller, Young Adult, Children's, Poetry, Romance, Short Story, Suspense, Travel

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Romance on the Road

Intrepid Times

Write an original, factual, first-person travel story about a time you experienced romance while traveling. Feel free to explore romance in all of its manifestations, but ensure that your travel story builds itself around the context of a place or experience. Editors will be looking for originality, voice, and a satisfying story arc that captures attention and makes use of imagery to pull the reader along at every step.

Top prize

$200

Additional prizes

Publication

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: March 19, 2023 (Expired)


Genres

Non-fiction, Romance, Travel

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Solas Awards

Travelers' Tales

Extraordinary stories about travel and the human spirit have been the cornerstones of our books since 1993. With the Solas Awards we honor writers whose work inspires others to explore. We’re looking for the best stories about travel and the world funny, illuminating, adventurous, uplifting, scary, inspiring, poignant stories that reflect the unique alchemy that occurs when you enter unfamiliar territory and begin to see the world differently as a result.

Top prize

$1,000

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $25

Deadline: September 21, 2023 (Expired)


Genres

Travel

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National Geographic Traveller Travel Writing Competition

National Geographic

Do you have a way with words? Love to regale your friends and family with tales from your travels? If that’s a yes, then our Travel Writing Competition is just the thing for you. For your chance to win, simply write no more than 500 words on an inspiring travel experience, which could be anything from mountaineering in Patagonia to a hike in Pembrokeshire.

Top prize

Luxury expedition cruise to Greenland for two people

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: July 23, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Travel

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Wrong Turns Travel Writing Competition

Intrepid Times

Write an original, factual, first-person travel story about a time you made a decision or took a risk while traveling that got you lost, landed you somewhere you didn’t intend, or led to a new discovery, realization, or connection. Editors will be looking for originality, voice, and a satisfying story that captures attention and makes use of imagery to pull the reader along at every step.

Top prize

$150

Additional prizes

Runners up: $50 | Publication on Intrepid Times

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $0

Deadline: April 30, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Non-fiction, Travel

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Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards

Edward Stanford

In 1853 Edward Stanford established his map-making business in the heart of London and at the height of the British Empire. Over 160 years later, the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards exist to celebrate this most exciting of genres and encourage more travellers to put down their selfie-sticks and pick up their notebooks.

Top prize

£2500

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: January 16, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Travel

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Fall Travel Writing Prize

Nowhere Magazine

We are looking for novice and veteran writers of any stripe to send us stories that possess a powerful sense of people, place and time. Every submission will be read blind, so anyone can win!

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Nowhere Magazine

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $20

Deadline: December 15, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Travel

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Global Experience Travel Writing Contest

Carleton

Have you been marked by travel? If so, tell us how. Engaging with the genre of creative nonfiction, seize upon memorable incidents from your travel history — study abroad, domestic travels, even your discovery of Northfield. Entertain us. Make us laugh. Move us. Help us travel with you.

Top prize

$200

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: April 15, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Travel

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New Travel Writer of the Year

Bradt Guides

For over twenty years, the 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.

Top prize

£100 Bradt voucher

Additional prizes

3-night stay for two at Apukka Resort

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $20

Deadline: November 28, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Travel

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Travel Writing Competition

Globe Soup

The Globe Soup Travel Writing Contest is open to non-fiction writers. Enter original, unpublished non-fiction travel writing in any form, including personal essay, destination piece and opinion piece. Entries must be no longer than 1,000 words.

Top prize

$1,300

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: April 01, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Travel

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