Bradt Travel Guides Travel-writing Competition 2007

Bradt Travel Guides
The Independent on Sunday
Travel-writing Competition 2007

For 2007 the competition visits the theme of ‘A chance encounter’ combined with an essential strong emphasis on travel. As the number and quality of entries has grown so prizes have become commensurately more tempting. This year’s winner will see their entry published in The Independent on Sunday and receive a further 1,200 word travel commission. The inspiration for their new copy will be found in the third aspect of their prize, an exotic 7-night holiday for two in Sri Lanka featuring luxury accommodation at Vil Uyana, Sigiriya, the Lighthouse Hotel & Spa, Galle, Tropical Villas, Beruwala and Ayurveda Pavillions, Negombo, courtesy of Sri Lankan Airlines and Jetwing Hotels and Travel.

The competition is open to all writers, published or unpublished, and invites submissions not exceeding 800 words. For the first time the competition also includes a further prize category specifically for unpublished writers. In this new category First prize of a place on a creative-writing course in Granada, Spain, has been provided by Travellers’ Tales, the UK's leading training agency for travel writing and photography (

A previous winner Sara Evans reports: ‘Winning a competition like this helped fast-forward my career. I now regularly write for the broadsheets as well as international publications.’

Entries are to be judged by the editorial staff at Bradt Travel Guides and the travel editor of The Independent on Sunday. The final winners will be selected by Douglas Schatz, managing director of the UK’s leading travel bookshop, Stanfords, and the closing date for entries is Tuesday 17 April 2007. Shortlisted entrants will be invited to a prize-giving ceremony held at Stanfords in London on Tuesday 17 July. For further information see

The Independent on Sunday/Bradt Travel Guides travel-writing competition 2007
1) The competition is open to all writers, other than current employees, or their immediate family, of Bradt Travel Guides Ltd or The Independent on Sunday. No purchase is necessary.
2) There are two categories in the competition: one for ‘published’ writers and one for ‘unpublished’ writers. ‘Unpublished’ means never having been paid for any piece of writing which has appeared in print or on the internet. There will be a winner in each category, one of whom will be judged the overall winner. In the event of an unpublished writer being judged the overall winner prize then he/she will be given the holiday in Sri Lanka and another unpublished writer will be chosen and given the place on the creative-writing course.
2) Only one entry per person.
3) Entrants must be over 18 years old.
4) The essay must be no longer than 800 words and must be typed with single-line spacing on one side of A4 pages. We cannot return entries.
6) To preserve anonymity when judging, you must not write your name on the article and your name and address should not appear on your entry.
7) The essay must have a single identifying tag word (not your name) on the top right-hand corner of each page. You should also write this word on the front of a sealed envelope, together with the word either ‘Published’ or ‘Unpublished’ indicating the category you want to enter. Inside the envelope should be a sheet of paper with your name, address, email address and telephone number. The envelope should be stapled to the back of the article. If you would like to receive information about relevant products or services from Bradt Travel Guides and Travellers’ Tales please write this on the sheet of paper.
8) Your entry must not have been entered in any other competition anywhere in the world, or have previously been published.
9) The article must be the original work of the entrant who must be the sole copyright holder.
10) The entry of any article for the competition shall constitute granting to The Independent on Sunday and Bradt Travel Guides the right to publish, distribute and syndicate the essay whether in print, electronic, online or any other medium, on any website and in any database, archive or library, on- or off-line, and in any media.
11) Once the winner is announced, entrants other than the winner can use their pieces in whatever way they choose.
12) The competition organisers reserve the right to withhold prizes in whole or in part if, in the sole opinion of the judges, the standard of the entries so warrants.
13) The judges' opinion is final. No correspondence will be entered into concerning the final choice of winners.
14) The commission for the article based on the prizewinner’s trip to Sri Lanka shall be subject to The Independent’s standard freelance rights terms (see and will be published at the Editor’s discretion.
15) The holiday prize must be taken by the winner by 30 November 2008; the precise date is subject to availability. The overseas creative-writing course must be taken by 31 December 2008. There are no cash alternatives to the prizes, and they cannot be transferred.
16) Entries must be sent to Bradt Travel Guides (Travel-Writing Competition), 23 High Street, Chalfont St Peter, Bucks SL9 9QE. Emailed entries will not be accepted.
17) All entries must be received by noon on the closing date, Tuesday 17 April.
18) The shortlisted entrants will be notified by telephone by 31 May, and the winning article published in The Independent on Sunday at a date to be confirmed.
19) Please refer to for terms and conditions relating to newspaper competition rules.