2021 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award Winners

The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2021 consist of a wonderfully eclectic selection of books conveying destinations all around the globe.

2021 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards Shortlist

Shortlist for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year in association with the Authors' Club


Without Ever Reaching The Summit
by Paolo Cognetti


The Border 
by Erika Fatland


Shadow City 
by Taran Khan


Travelling While Black 
by Nanjala Nyabola


by Jini Reddy


The Lost Pianos of Siberia 
by Sophy Roberts


Along the Amber Route 
by C.J. Schuler


Owls of the Eastern Ice 
by Jonathan Slaght

Bradt Travel Guides New Travel Writer of the Year

The theme for this year’s competition is ‘I’d love to go back’. Entrants were invited to submit an original piece of writing of between 600 and 800 words on the destination they most want to return to when travel opens up again, and what it is about that place that draws them back.

  • The Man I Met’ by Marc Jones..

  • Hope in Pink Meringue’ by Anita King.

  • Who Are You?’ by Tom Swithenbank.

  • 585 Bury Road’ by Jennifer Thompson.

The four finalists will see their work included in a new anthology to be published by Bradt Guides later in the year. The overall winner will be crowned The Bradt Travel Guides New Travel Writer of the Year, have their piece published in Wexas’ Traveller magazine and win a £100 Bradt voucher.