Travel Writing Competitions

We host regular travel writing competitions on themes that explore different aspects of the travel experience. Entry is generally free and open to new and established travel writers worldwide. Winners are paid a monetary prize and selected finalists and published and paid our standard publication fee.

There are currently no open competitions. You can enjoy reading stories from our past competitions below.

Photo from “Finding Solace in a Tokyo Bookshop” by David McElhinney

Recent Travel Writing Competitions:

Crossings (April 2024)

Theme: From physical barriers, notable landmarks, or simply a passage from who we were to who we are after having traveled to a particular place, crossings are everywhere when we travel.

Finalist: Why You Should Sleep on Haystacks by Zane Jarecke
Finalist: Checkpoints and Chai by Danika Smith
Finalist: An Almost Film Composer in Beijing by Nathaniel Murray
Finalist: Night Train to Nukus by Alex Dutson
Winner: A Night Walk in Kathmandu by Carolyn Keller

The Soundtrack of Travel (September 2023)

Theme: Explore the importance of music in how we experience travel.

Finalist: Cornered in Madrid by Marianne Rogoff
Finalist: From Sudan with Love by Liz Mason
Finalist: Waking Up the Souls by Stu Obrien
Winner: Sitting, Waiting, Wishing by Tiffany Connolly

Romance on the Road (March 2023)

Theme: In any travel experience, there are opportunities for love, romance, and connection.

Finalist: Romancing the Ice by Jana Dietrich
Finalist: Here With Me in Mexico City by Stu O’Brien
Finalist: Milagro del Mar by India Worstell
Winner: The Dead’s Mailbox by Khrystelle Francheska

Wrong Turns (April 2022)

Theme: Travel may take us in unintended directions, but our new destination can provide meaningful experiences and memories.

Finalist: On the Banks of the Perfume River by Ian C Douglas
Finalist: One Wrong Turn in Mexico by Timothy Mathis
Finalist: Parables and Archetypes by W Goodwin
Winner: Your Roots Are Showing by Amie McGraham

Unexpected Adventures (August 2021)

Theme: The best travel experiences are the ones we do not plan.

Finalist: The Nowhere Man by Steve Wade
Finalist: Seekat by Tanya Lottridge
Finalist: A Watershed Vacation by Joe Novara
Winner: Wildes Volk by Joe Aultman-Moore

Reunions (December 2020)

Theme: Stories about a time you have reconnected with a person, a place, or a part of yourself.

Finalist: Al Dente by Callum Brockett
Finalist: Davy Jones and the Cape by Jane Copland
Finalist: Through the Beholder’s Eyes by Annointing Ogbewekon
Finalist: Brave as Hatice by Katherine Belliel
Winner: The Jeweled Lotus by E. E. Rhodes

Chance Encounters (April 2020)

Theme: Stories about an interesting conversation, quirky character, or unexpected encounter that occurred during your travels.

Finalist: Knights on the Mountain by Joe Aultman-Moore
Finalist: For the Love of a Dugong by Imogen Lepere
Finalist: The Last Days of Communism by Rachael Rowe
Winner: Coffee in Kigali by Emma Dredge

Fearless Footsteps (October 2019)

Theme: Overcoming fear while on the road can lead to meaningful travel experiences.

For this writing competition, we partnered with Exisle Publishing to release an anthology of selected entries. After some delays due to the disruptions of last year, the book was finally released worldwide in November 2020 – learn more here: Fearless Footsteps book

A couple of entries were also published on, including:

Everything is Going to be Okay… by J.D. Martens
On the Road to Panic by Megan Dwyer

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