Travel Writing Competitions

Photo from the Story “Missing Ghana” by Thom Brown

Intrepid Times hosts regular travel writing competitions which come with monetary prizes as well as publication opportunities. Like our standard submissions, entry is free and open to both new and established writers from around the world.

As of February 2021, we do not currently have a competition in progress. However, this will likely change soon – plans are in place and you can bet your passport that our editorial board is working on a theme for an upcoming competition as we speak.

Please join our newsletter and follow our channels to be the first to know when a new competition is open. Meanwhile, you can read the winning stories from recent competitions below:

Recent Travel Writing Competitions:

Reunions (December 2020)

Theme: Write a true travel story 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: Announced February 15, 2021
Winner: Announced February 22, 2021

Chance Encounters (April 2020)

Theme: Write a true travel story 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: Write a true travel story about overcoming fear while on the road

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 IntrepidTimes.com, including:

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

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