Expat Sat: 3 Good Writing Contests for World Writers

Welcome to Expat Sat, the culturally kooky, map nonspecific, sometimes bewildering, always fascinating intersection of expat life and writing. And where every Saturday, I offer tips for writing and publishing to expat writers around the globe.

Writing contests are great opportunities to get your writing out there. Here are 3 good ones:

Weekly Travel Writing Competition – The Telegraph (England)

Description: A weekly travel writing competition.

How to Enter: “Simply email your entry, of no more than 500 words (no attachments), to justback@telegraph.co.uk.” (There’s a postal address listed on the site if you want to use snail mail.)

Prizes: “Your travel writing could earn you £1,000. That’s the prize for our ‘Just Back’ article of the year. The weekly prize is £200 in the currency of your choice from the Post Office.”

Deadline: This is a weekly contest. The deadline is Wednesday for each week the competition runs.

Judges: The judging panel is made up of representatives of The Daily Telegraph Travel section.

The Kicker: You must be a resident “of the UK, Channel Islands Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland.”

The Upside: Less competition is great news for residents of the UK, Channel Islands Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland.

Advice: Read through a few of the previous winning entries before you submit your own. They are published at the site.

For full terms and conditions, click here.


The 2011 Pure Travel Writing Competition

Description: “Write and tell us about your most memorable travel encounter. Was it meeting a Sadhu in Kathmandu or a Masai in Tanzania? An annoying policeman or over-officious customs official?”

How to Enter: “Entries should be between 350-750 words in length and your own original work. Please give your article a title. Entries that are shorter or longer, or contain copied work will not be considered. Entries should be sent to: competition@puretravel.com, with your name, e-mail and telephone number by Monday 31st October 2011. All entries will be posted on the PureTravel web site.”

Prizes: “The winner will receive £1,000/US$1,500. Their winning article will also be published in ‘Geographical’ magazine, the official magazine of the Royal Geographical Society.”

Deadline: Monday, October 31, 2011

Judges: Ten articles will be selected by a panel. These pieces will be posted online and the contest will be open for public voting from November 9, 2011 until November 30, 2011. The three most popular pieces will then be judged by a professional travel writer (Jeremy Lazell). The winner will be announced on Friday, December 9, 2011.

The Kicker: Not really a kicker, but you should be aware that because this contest includes online voting, PureTravel does reserve the right to publish all entries on its site. You can request to have your entry removed from the site once the contest is over.

The Upside: This contest is open to anyone around the world. No geographical restrictions. Love that!

Advice: Read the Pure Travel blog before submitting.

For full terms and conditions, click here.


New Millennium Writings

Description: Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings and on the journal’s Web site are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay that have not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000.

How to Enter: “Submit three poems totaling no more than five pages, a short short story of up to 1,000 words, or a story or essay of up to 6,000 words with a $17 entry fee by June 17.”

Prizes: “Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings and on the journal’s Web site are given twice yearly.”

Deadline: Midnight of June 17, 2011

Judges: Pamela Uschuk, Allen Wier, and Don Williams

The Kicker: A $17 reading fee.

The Upside: This contest accepts pieces that have been previously published as long as they haven’t been published in a publication with a circulation over 5,000 or if previously published online only.

Advice: Past winning entries are published online at the New Millennium Writings website. Read a few.

For full terms and conditions, click here.


Now…go forth and write! (And enter…)

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