Travel is full of romance and romantic ideals, whether that’s a new relationship with a fellow traveler, a deep connection with a sublime landscape, or even the discovery of self and the self-love that follows. Romance leads us into unexplored territory, both internal and external. We may stumble into a journey we wouldn’t have taken otherwise because the possibility of love exists.
For our latest travel writing competition, Intrepid Times is inviting travelers and writers from all countries, at all levels of writing experience, to explore this idea.
Write an original, factual, first-person travel story about a time you experienced romance while traveling. Feel free to explore romance in all of its manifestations, but ensure that your travel story builds itself around the context of a place or experience. 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 and up to three runners-up will be selected to have their work published on Intrepid Times. The winner will be paid a cash-prize of US $200, and the runners-up will receive our standard fee.
Entry is free of charge to all writers. However, writers looking to improve their writing through detailed feedback may choose to purchase an assessed entry using the link below.
The deadline to submit your writing for the “Romance on the Road Travel Writing Competition” is March 19, 2023. The winner and runners-up will be announced in April, 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Please write between 1200 and 2000 words and submit only your original, unpublished work. Please be conscientious about how you identify third parties, and if you use real names, please make sure you have permission. Choose your option below to proceed to the submission details. (You do not have to have your story ready for submission when selecting your preferred option.)
Enter for Free or Upgrade for a Detailed Assessment and Line-by-Line Feedback
Select your preferred option below to proceed to the relevant submissions page.
Click here for assessed entry (US $55). 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. Recommended for aspiring travel writers.
Click here for free, standard entry. With this option, you can enter the competition for free and your story will be assessed on its merits. Recommended for experienced writers, and those who do not currently have a budget for the assessed option.