Travel Writing Competition

I’m just back from a holiday walking in the Yorkshire Dales.

Sally Jenkins in Dales

We covered about 100 miles in a week and it was typically British. We saw sheep, cows, rabbits, moles (dead), enjoyed cooked breakfasts in hospitable B&Bs and made a bee-line for tea and cake in any cafes we passed. There was also some British rain.

So, it was rather appropriate that on my return I found an email from Steve Hanson of announcing their latest travel writing competition. The theme is ‘Travel and Water’.

Steve says, “The theme ‘Travel and Water’ is deliberately wide and we accept fictional as well as factual entries. In our last writing competition – ‘City, Town or Village’ – one of the winning entries was fictional and one of the runners-up was a poem. It is free-to-enter, has a prize of £100, maximum 750 words and closing date December 31st, 2015.”

Ten runners-up will each receive a voucher worth £10, allowing them to take out a free subscription to, providing access to details of hundreds of publishers, literary agents, writing competitions and magazines.

So what are you waiting for? Most holidays involve travel and water in one form another. All the competition details are here. Get writing!


  1. #1 by blogaboutwriting on August 23, 2015 - 12:24 pm

    Thanks for this, Sally. I might have a go! Hope you had a good holiday and are raring to get back to your writing again!

    • #2 by Sally Jenkins on August 23, 2015 - 1:24 pm

      Yes, Helen, am raring to go, as long as real life stops interrupting me and causing hassle!

  2. #3 by susanjanejones on August 23, 2015 - 12:47 pm

    Thanks, Sally, will bookmark that, and you’re by a canal there by the looks of it, that’s a good omen.

  3. #4 by susanjanejones on August 23, 2015 - 12:48 pm

    Love that purple coat by the way, magic.

    • #5 by Sally Jenkins on August 23, 2015 - 1:25 pm

      I don’t know about magic, Susan. But it kept me dry!

  4. #7 by Susan A Eames on August 23, 2015 - 1:34 pm

    Thanks for posting this, Sally. As a travel and fiction writer this is right up my street.

    • #8 by Sally Jenkins on August 23, 2015 - 1:37 pm

      Good Luck with it, Susan. Let me know if you’re successful!

  5. #9 by juliathorley on August 23, 2015 - 3:06 pm

    Don’t you just love a British summer holiday? I entered the last Senior Travel Expert comp and although I didn’t win I enjoyed venturing into a style of writing I don’t usually do, and it’s quite a tight word limit, too. Definitely worth a punt (so to speak).

    • #10 by Sally Jenkins on August 23, 2015 - 5:53 pm

      Yes, there’s lots of good things about a British summer holiday – unfortunately the weather isn’t always one of them! Fingers crossed if you decide to enter the travel writing comp again, Julia.

  6. #11 by Linda Daunter on September 1, 2015 - 2:25 pm

    Thanks for this, I’ll certainly be having a go. I’ve just bought some new waterproof boots, jacket and trousers for our holiday in Scotland in mid-September. I’m hoping my plan works and being properly kitted out for wet weather will ensure a fortnight of sun! But our visit will probably include trips to the coast, lochs and rivers so I should be able to find something to write about when I get home.

    • #12 by Sally Jenkins on September 1, 2015 - 5:41 pm

      Fingers crossed for sunshine, Linda (& success in the competition)!

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