The Best Travel Writing Contests of 2022

Writing competitions curated by Reedsy

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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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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, 2022


Genres

Travel

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Henshaw Short Story Competition

Henshaw Press

We are a small group of writers, editors, lecturers and of course readers who wish to actively support creative writing. We run quarterly competitions throughout the year with closing dates at the end of March, June, September and December. Our aim is to encourage as wide a range of writing as possible and competitions are open for any subject and any style.

Top prize

$260

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $8

Deadline: March 31, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Christian, Crime, Fantasy, Horror, Humor, LGBTQ, Mystery, Suspense, Science Fiction, Short Story, Thriller, 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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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

8-night Governors’ Grand Safari for 2

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: September 19, 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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Excellence in Gravel 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 2021 that highlight Ottawa as a travel destination.

Top prize

$395

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: February 04, 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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Oxford Flash Fiction Prize

Oxford Flash Fiction

Write yourself into history and become one of the greats with the Oxford Flash Fiction Prize. For centuries, the greats have come to Oxford to ink masterpieces. Now, in one of the oldest towns, where the history of the English language can be traced back to its ancient streets, we want to celebrate one of the newest forms in literature – flash fiction.

Top prize

$1,300

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $8

Deadline: January 31, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Christian, Crime, Fantasy, Flash Fiction, Horror, Humor, LGBTQ, Mystery, Suspense, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Travel

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