Meet the winners.
Our challenge each year is to find aspiring travel writers that can transport the reader to another destination, demonstrate their ability to tell a story in an original way and showcase their unique voice.
As the job of judging the applications becomes harder every year, the one thing to remember is that this is not a writing competition where we choose the best story; it’s a scholarship opportunity that awards budding talent with a trip to learn from a professional travel writer.
With so many incredible entries, we look closely for passionate writers and select those who, we believe, will use this opportunity to catapult their travel writing careers.
Thank you for taking us on your personal journeys and for sharing your inspiring and entertaining travel stories with us.
Congratulations to our 3 winners! We're kick-starting your travel writing career with a mentorship from Lonely Planet author, Anthony Ham. You’ll then be off on a real-life assignment, exploring Australia on a 10-day road trip and writing about your adventures along the way.
When I moved to Japan, the first thing my coworkers told me was “watch out for bears”. According to them, you’ve got bears ziplining through the forest, bears setting up in front gardens, bears sitting down for a luncheon at the soba-shop down the block. Bears with a taste for quality sashimi and...
Allison's story has a nice rhythm with good changes of pace and a nice self-deprecating tone. It's also an original approach to the subject matter, by not making the encounter itself the centrepiece, but rather the starting point for a meditation on life itself.
No one looked better in a kilt and leather jacket than Eddy the Scotsman. Tussled from head to toe and tossed on to dry land smelling of tan skin and entirely composed of smile lines, he was the walking personification of a twinkle in the eye.
Strong language and really playful tone make this story a pleasure to read - 'the walking personification of a twinkle in the eye' is a lovely image by a writer who has thought carefully about the language.
If the rest of the UK is a Banoffee Pie served by the maître d’ herself, Brighton is candy floss on a stick, served by a 40 year-old-lady in violet pinup curls, sporting a Hare Krishna tattoo and peering down at you mischievously through a pair of cat-eye glasses.
The beginning and end of this piece is filled with strong images, and arresting language. It's a lovely piece that takes a sideways look at a well-known place and from an outsider/insider perspective, all the while telling a story in few words.