Bradt Travel Guides New Travel Writer of the Year 2021

‘Hope in Pink Meringue’ by Anita King received the Bradt Travel Guides New Travel Writer of the Year award.  


In this winning short story a young girl dancing in the doorway of an ice cream parlour in Damascus sparks a personal memory.


The judges described the piece as “a controlled competent piece of writing, all the more impressive considering the raw subject matter. Vivid descriptions and a solid structure make for a compelling, heart-breaking tale.”


Head judge Hilary Bradt added: “This is a fantastic piece. It was so moving that I had difficulty rereading it for the judging because I cried so much I had to keep taking a break.”


The four unpublished finalists will see their work included in Travel Write, a new anthology to be published by Bradt Guides later in the year. 


You can read all the shortlisted entries at