Travel Writing Competition

Steve Hanson from Senior Travel Expert has been in touch to tell me about their ‘Off the Beaten Track’ travel writing competition. It’s free to enter and has a prize of £100. Books hanging in a cafe in Madrid

Entries should be “about a fascinating, relatively unknown place near to where you live or that you came across by chance when travelling around, or it may be a totally fictional place”. The winner should “persuade readers of the Senior Travel Expert website that the place you describe is somewhere they would very much like to visit”. The closing date is September 30th 2016.

Often when you’re on holiday the things you stumble across by chance turn out to be the most interesting. I’m just back from a holiday in Madrid and Barcelona.  One evening we sat in the window of a cafe in Madrid and above me was hung a display of books (see picture on the right). The next day we spotted a grand building that turned out to be The Society of Authors building – which I think is something like ALCS but please correct me if I’m wrong.

And remember, you don’t have to travel to enter this competition – your destination can be purely fictional.

Spanish Society of Authors

Sociedad General de Autores de Espana

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  1. #1 by Susan A Eames on May 30, 2016 - 1:09 pm

    As a travel and fiction writer, I was very interested to see this competition, Sally.
    Interested, that is, until I read the terms and conditions saying: each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to SeniorTravelExpert.com
    Hmm… I strongly object to companies who expect writers to give away their work permanently, so sadly I shan’t be entering this competition.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

    • #2 by Sally Jenkins on May 30, 2016 - 3:45 pm

      Thanks for pointing this out, Susan. I hadn’t looked into the full Ts & Cs. It does seem unfair for the site to expect writers to give away their work. The lesson learned is to always check that you are happy with the Ts & Cs of a competition before entering.

  2. #3 by juliathorley on May 31, 2016 - 9:48 am

    Thanks for this, Sally. Susan’s valid comment notwithstanding, I shall be entering this one again (I was joint winner last time).

  3. #6 by Susan A Eames on May 31, 2016 - 9:43 pm

    Congratulations, Julia and good luck this year. if you’re happy to give away your rights, that’s entirely your prerogative! 🙂

    • #7 by juliathorley on June 1, 2016 - 3:46 pm

      I’m not usually, Susan, but it’s only 400, very specific words.

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