Expat Sat: The Walkopedia Writing Contest

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The Walkopedia Writing Contest sounds like a great opportunity for writers (and photographers) to get their work out there in the world and possibly win a little cashola.

Description: Walkopedia is not about peak-bagging or self-flagellation. We will judge your writing or your photographs based on how vividly and passionately they convey your experiences on your walk or hike. Whether you are writing about or photographing your wander through a city, a trek up in the mountains or even a quick walk to the shops, we like to see conciseness and humour in writing, and a lively and evocative eye for what’s going on around you in all entries. Entries must be fewer than 1,200 words.

How to Enter: To enter the competitions, you need to:

  1. Register with the Walkopedia website as a new visitor (unless you are already registered as a member).
  2. Send an email including a completed entry form (see the form on the site you can copy and paste the form into your email) to:
  • walkopediatwcomp@gmail.com (for travel writing) attaching your entry as a word document. (We ask that you also copy and paste a written piece in the body of the email as well.)
  • walkopediaphotocomp@gmail.com (for photography) attaching your entry as a jpeg

Prizes:

For writing:

A *Daunt Books book token worth £500 for the winner.

£200 for a runner-up.

£200 for the best entry by a person who is under 18 as of the date of submission of the entry, provided that the relevant person is not otherwise a prizewinner.

£200 for the best entry by a **First Story student as of the date of submission of the entry, and £100 for a runner up.

*Probably the world’s best travel bookshop: www.dauntbooks.co.uk

**The excellent First Story charity was set up to nurture and inspire creativity, literacy and talent in British schools. See www.firststory.org.uk

For photography:

£400 for the winner.

£200 for a runner-up.

£200 for the best entry by a person who is under 18 as of the date of submission of the entry, provided that the relevant person is not otherwise a prizewinner.

Deadline: Entries must be received by no later than 31 December 2011. Entries received after that date will not be considered.

Judges:

For writing:

William Mackesy, travel writer and founder of Walkopedia.

William Fiennes, best-selling author of Snow Geese and co-founder of First Story.

Serena Mackesy, best-selling author, travel writer and journalist.

For photography:

The photography competition will be judged by Walkopedia staff.

The Kicker: None that I can see.

The Upside:

  • More than one entry is permitted per person, but no person will be allowed to win more than one prize.
  • Entries can come from any country in the world.

Advice: Get walking.

For full terms and conditions, click here.

 

*Please Note: All information has been copied/taken from the Walkopedia web site.