for writers and readers….

Free International Travel Writing Competition

pyramidsWriters anywhere can submit a travel essay to the Germany-based blog I Must Be Off! in its third annual travel writing competition.

“If it’s about travel, we want to read it. We want to read about that place that changed you.We want to read about the experiences you can’t wait to share with other travelers. Whether your work is humorous, informative, quirky or profound–we want to read it.”

You can read previous winners on the website HERE and below I’ve pasted the submission guidelines.

  • Maximum 1200 words

  • Edited to the best of your ability for spelling, grammar and punctuation

  • Up to three photos may be submitted with your entry. Photos not necessary to win.

  • Previously unpublished work only! Blog posts are considered published.

  • No entry fee. 

  • Open to anyone worldwide, but you need a PayPal account

  • Entries must be in English

  • One entry per person

  • Deadline for submissions: July 15, 2015

  • Send entries with a 50-word third-person bio to with the heading TRAVEL ESSAY CONTEST. All entries will be read blind by this year’s judge, travel writer Catherine Sweeney It is not necessary to delete identifying information from your entry. If your name appears anywhere, it will be removed before it’s forwarded to the judge.

  • Word doc, docx and rtf files only please. 

  • Finalists and Winners announced in August 2015

The Prizes: 

  • The Top essays will be published at I Must Be Off! (Authors retain copyright.)

  • Second place prize: $50

  • First place prize: $200

  • Readers’ Choice Award ($50) based on unique hits and comments tallied on September 30.

photo credit: IMG_3225 via photopin (license)

4 comments on “Free International Travel Writing Competition

  1. eloisedesousa
    June 8, 2015

    Reblogged this on Thoughts by Mello-Elo.

  2. The Story Reading Ape
    June 8, 2015

    Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    Another opportunity found by Bridget 😀

  3. Traci Bold
    June 8, 2015

    Reblogged this on Traci Bold and commented:
    For all of you travelers, heads up for a chance to make your travels even more enticing.

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