The Bradt Travel Guides New Travel Writer of the Year is administered by Bradt Travel Guides, please follow this link to submit and for all terms and conditions:



The Bradt Travel Guides New Travel Writer of the Year competition is free to enter, open to all unpublished travel writers and offers the following unbeatable prizes:


For the overall winner:

- A fantastic break for two in Portugal, courtesy of Wexas and TAP Air Portugal

- A commission to write an article about the trip for Wexas Traveller magazine 

For all three short-listed finalists:

- An invitation to join the judges at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards ceremony in February 2020, during which the winner will be revealed

- A place on the next Bradt Travel-Writing Seminar (run in conjunction with leading travel-writing training agency, Travellers’ Tales)

To enter the competition, you should write a piece of 600–800 words, which must be original, written in the first person and based on personal experience. For this year’s competition, instead of a general theme, entrants must include the phrase ‘and then it happened’ somewhere within their entry. Please note, ‘and then it happened’ should NOT be the title of the piece, but those four words should occur naturally somewhere in the text. The deadline for submission is midnight on 6 October 2019. The competition is open only to those who have never received payment for a travel-related article published in print or online (with the exception of competition entries for which a cash prize is awarded, and entries published in Bradt's anthologies). For full entry details, terms and conditions, please follow the link above.

Bradt has a long-standing commitment to the promotion of excellent travel writing, and we have run an annual writing competition for over 20 years. By teaming up with the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards – which honour some of the country's best published writers – we are able to provide not only unique prizes but a priceless platform for three aspiring writers to showcase their skills to the professional travel-writing community.

For the second year running, we are offering entrants to the Bradt New Travel Writer of the Year competition the opportunity to receive detailed expert feedback on their entry. Please see the Bradt website for more information.

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