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British Guild of Travel Writers Contest

If you haven't yet been published as a travel writer, here's your chance—with a free trip as the big prize.

Could you write a winning travel article that brings a destination alive?

The British Guild of Travel Writers has announced that as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, it is launching a new travel writing competition for unpublished travel writers in partnership with Traveller magazine.

The Guild (www.bgtw.org), founded in 1960, is the premier professional association for bona-fide journalists, editors, photographers, and radio and film broadcasters working in the travel field.

"The Guild has supported excellence in travel writing for half a century now and we want to celebrate our special year by championing new travel writing talent," says BGTW Press & PR Co-ordinator Sarah Monaghan. "The winning entry will be a beautifully written piece that is a celebration of a world destination, be it an exotic location or one closer to home."

The competition

The competition is open to all writers aged over 18 [of any nationality] who have not been published in the travel field. Entrants should submit an 800-word article with the theme: A Very Special Place. Closing date is 31 December 2009.

Traveller is recognised as the UK's most literary travel magazine and editor Amy Sohanpaul has this advice for entrants: "Good travel writing shows a strong sense of place. We are looking for a first-person narrative written in article form, in which the writing sings and the reader is both transported and transformed by the writing."

The prizes

First prize comes courtesy of Travellers' Tales, the training agency for travel writing and travel photography, and the winner will enjoy a four-day travel writing holiday in the intoxicating city of Istanbul.

You will discover the city while practising your writing skills with a small group of fellow writers under the expert tuition of tutors such as Anthony Sattin, the distinguished Middle East expert, and Jonathan Lorie, former editor of Traveller and founder of the Travellers' Tales Festival (the next one takes place in London on 19-21 February 2010). See www.travellerstales.org

Second prize is a trip to Berlin courtesy of WEXAS, The Traveller's Club, in association with Hotel Berlin and Lufthansa. The prizewinner will enjoy a two-night stay in a double or twin room at the Hotel Berlin on a B&B basis, plus two return economy flights from the UK with Lufthansa.

Third prize is the winner's selection of 10 travel guides from award-winning publisher Bradt - whose guides Michael Palin has described as 'expertly written and longer on local detail than any others'. See www.bradt-travelguides.com.

Prize giving

The winners will be announced in February [2010] at a prize ceremony at a leading London hotel, during the launch of the British Guild of Travel Writers' Yearbook 2010 attended by hundreds of the UK's top travel writers, photographers and travel industry representatives. The winning entry will be published in the Spring 2010 issue of Traveller and on the Guild website, www.bgtw.org.

The judges

The competition will be judged by:

* Sarah Monaghan editor of Gabon Magazine and winner of the British Guild of Travel Writers' Trade and Tourism Award 2007

* Amy Sohanpaul editor of Traveller and The Traveller's Handbook, and a judge of the prestigious Thomas Cook Travel Book Awards

* Jonathan Lorie director of Travellers' Tales and the Travellers' Tales Festival, and editor of The Traveller's Handbook

* Peter Hughes founding editor of ITV's Wish You Were Here? and the British Guild of Travel Writers' Travel Writer of the Year 2008

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