Crossings — Travel Writing Competition — $200 Prize

Intrepid Times 2024 Travel Writing Competition “Crossings” is Now Live with Free and Assessed Entry! Entries close April 30th.

Crossings are everywhere when we travel, whether they be physical barriers, notable landmarks, or simply a passage from who we were to who we are after having traveled to a particular place.  For our latest travel writing competition, Intrepid Times is inviting travelers and writers from all countries, at all levels of writing experience, to explore the idea of “crossings.”

Here’s what we’re looking for: Write an original, factual, first-person travel story that centers on a crossing of some kind. Your travel story should, as always, grow around the context of a place or experience; we want to see the theme being used in a way that enhances both. Editors will be looking for originality, voice, and a satisfying story arc that captures attention and makes use of imagery to pull the reader along at every step. 

One winner will be selected and have their work published on Intrepid Times. The winner will be paid a cash-prize of US $200 via PayPal. We will also choose up to five shortlisted entries to be published on Intrepid Times under our standard “Travelogue’ submission terms and payment. 

Entry is free of charge to all writers. Writers looking to improve their writing through detailed feedback may choose to purchase an assessed entry using the link below. With this option, you will receive a Google Doc with line-by-line comments and suggestions on how to improve your writing on a sentence level, as well as a personal email explaining any structural, stylistic or strategic changes to help you grow as a writer.

The deadline to submit your story for “Crossings” is April 30, 2024. The winner and shortlisted entries will be announced in May, and payment will be made to each on the day their selected story is published. Please write between 1200 and 2000 words and submit only your original, unpublished work.

Choose Your Option — Enter for Free or Upgrade for a Detailed Assessment and Line-by-Line Feedback

Assessed Entry

With this option, you will receive a Google Doc with line-by-line comments on your story direct from our editors. We will also send you a personal email explaining any structural, stylistic, or strategic changes to help you grow as a writer. You will receive your detailed feedback by early June.
Recommended for: New travel writers and those looking to advance their craft and find out how their writing is viewed by professional travel editors. Investment: $55 (Save $20 compared to a standard Article Assessment).

Free Entry

With this option, you can enter the competition for free, and your story will be assessed on its merits. Recommended for: Established writers, and those who do not currently have a budget for the assessed option.

Winners will be announced in May/June 2024. Entries close on April 30th.

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