Win a 10-day Writing Road Trip Across the USA!


Deadline: 27 May 2015
Open to: students, emerging and non-professional writers and lovers of travel looking for a career change from any nationality
Scholarship: A 3-day custom travel writing course in San Francisco with mentor and Lonely Planet author John Vlahides; A 10-day road trip across the U.S. (including a $3000 USD stipend to spend on food, transport, activities and accommodation) ; Round-trip airfare from your country of residence to San Francisco; CA Travel insurance for the duration of the trip from World Nomads

Description

Do you dream of hitting the open road and writing about your adventures?

We have teamed up with Lonely Planet to bring you our 2015 Travel Writing Scholarship – and this year, we want to send you to the U.S. on your ultimate American summer road trip!

Yes, we said road trip – again! We are looking for three talented aspiring travel writers to write their way across the U.S., Whether you want to explore the Pacific Coast, the deep south, Route 66, the Rocky Mountains, or New England this is your chance to discover the places and personalities that make America the confounding and captivating melting pot that it is.

So, it’s time to stop dreaming, and get writing, because we want to send not one, but three budding travel writers to be mentored by a veteran Lonely Planet author and explore the U.S. on their own terms.

Eligibility

  • This opportunity is open to students, emerging and non-professional writers and lovers of travel looking for a career change
  • The scholarship is open to all nationalities; however, you must have an exceptionally high degree of proficiency in written English
  • The opportunity is designed to give you a taste of what it’s like to be a travel writer on the road, so you must be comfortable travelling and working on your own
  • Minimum age 18 by the date the scholarship application closes (May 27, 2015)
  • You need a current passport with at least six months left before expiry
  • You must be available as per the dates set out. Please note these dates are not changeable in any way, you must be available for the entire assignment
  • You should be an exceptional writer with a lust for adventure travel, a desire to experience new cultures and above all, a burning desire to become a professional travel writer!

Scholarship

The 3 scholarship recipients will receive:

  • A 3-day custom travel writing course in San Francisco with mentor and Lonely Planet author John Vlahides
  • A 10-day road trip across the U.S. (including a $3000 USD stipend to spend on food, transport, activities and accommodation)
  • Round-trip airfare from your country of residence to San Francisco, CA
  • Travel insurance for the duration of the trip from World Nomads

Application

The deadline for applications is 27 May 2015.

To apply, we want you to write a mini-guide to one of your favourite places or experiences that you’ve encountered on your travels. We’re trying to unearth Travel Discoveries, or hidden gems that you know other nomads would enjoy.

Limit your Travel Discovery to a specific location – a temple, a museum, a beach, a park, a train carriage. But tell us what happened to you, why it was special, how it made you feel. Then most importantly, include tips on how others could replicate your experience (where do they go, when, etc.). You can also make some suggestions on improving the experience, things you’d do differently if you were planning to do it again. Give us the insider’s knowledge on the experience – tell us why we should shun the obvious, and choose the alternative you discovered!

  • Write 2500 characters (including spaces) about your Travel Discovery showcasing your writing skills and your personality in a fun piece celebrating the hidden gems we all seek.Need a little inspiration? Here is an example from one of our own WN staff members.
  • Plan your itinerary. Tell us two places in U.S. you would like to visit and write about on your road trip and why.
  • Complete an entry form which includes contact details and a maximum 1500 character essay on why you should be chosen and what the opportunity will mean for you. Your answer will provide considerable weight in the judging process.

One entry per person. The entry must be submitted in English.

Note: Once you apply, you may not go back and edit your entry. Please make sure you are completely satisfied with your essay before you submit an application.

For further information, please visit the official website


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