About the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards

In 1853 Edward Stanford established his map-making business in the heart of London and at the height of the British Empire.

 

His maps fuelled a passion for adventure, exploration and foreign travel, which in turn led to an explosion in travel writing.

 

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.

The Edward Stanford Award globes

Category winners each receive a specially commissioned hand-made globe by master globe-makers, Lander & May, featuring a design produced exclusively for the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards.

 

The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2020 consist of:

Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year, in association with the Authors' Club:

The award, which is open to authors from all across the world, celebrates excellence in literary travel writing; please note that guidebooks are not eligible.
 

The winner for this prestigious award will also be presented with a cash prize.

Run in association with The Authors’ Club, the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year is the centrepiece of the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards. The prize is judged by a panel of travel writers.

 

The history of the prize

Edward Stanford Award for Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing

This award recognises the contribution of one individual author to the travel-writing genre over time. This individual should still be current and relevant today. No submissions required - the award winner is selected by a panel of booksellers from bookshops across the country.

Children's Travel Book of the Year 

Fiction or non-fiction title for pre-teens which inspires a love of travel, exploration and adventure.

Submissions open - 12th September 2019

Submissions close - 4th October 2019

Shortlist launch - 10th December 2019 

Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards ceremony - 20th February at the London Transport Museum

Awards

  • Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year, in association with the Authors' Club

  • Edward Stanford Award for Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing 

  • Children's Travel Book of the Year

  • Photography Travel Book of the Year

  • Illustrated Travel Book of the Year

  • Travel Cookery Book of the Year

  • Fiction, with a Sense of Place

  • Travel Memoir of the Year

  • Debut Travel Writer of the Year

  • Adventure Travel Book of the Year

  • Bradt Travel Guides New Travel Writer of the Year
     

Key dates:

Photography Travel Book of the Year 

A book of photography relating to travel, adventure or world cultures aimed at the adult market and with their focus on either one place or the entire World, with limited accompanying text. The overall design and quality of publication of the book will also be considered by the judges.

Travel Cookery Book of the Year

Cookbook or non-fiction food writing focused on a particular national cuisine or telling of food related exploration/travel. Must capture a sense of the place’s identity and culture.

Fiction, with a Sense of Place

A novel from any genre within fiction (populist or literary) with a highly developed and integral sense of a real location interwoven within the plot or narrative.

Travel Memoir of the Year

The newly instated Travel Memoir of the Year seeks to champion the most astounding and inspirational personal journeys.​

Illustrated Travel Book of the Year

A book of illustrations, maps or infographics relating to the travel genre. This award includes atlases. 

The overall design and quality of publication of the book will also be considered by the judges.

Debut Travel Writer of the Year

Presented to an author who has published a book classified as in the travel book genre during the last year for the very first time.

Adventure Travel Book of the Year

Presented to the author of a book of accessible non-fiction telling of either an individual’s personal adventure or recounting a historical life or expedition. Open to memoir, autobiography, biography and history titles relating to travel and exploration.

Travel Memoir of the Year 

The award, which is open to authors from all across the world, celebrates excellence in Biographical, autobiographical or memoir -based travel writing. 

Bradt Travel Guides New Travel Writer of the Year 

This award is administered by Bradt Travel Guides. Please click here for more information.

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