Win a 2-week writing trip in the Balkans!
Applications for the scholarship are now closed and the winners have been announced.Read the winning travel stories
Do you have what it takes to be a travel writer?
Hone your storytelling skills, learn from an industry pro and go on a real-life assignment in the Balkans.
Well off the trodden European trail, the southeastern destinations of Croatia, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kosovo are a delight for adventure-seekers and culture enthusiasts alike. The magic of the mountains is found not only in the wondrous landscapes but also in the hospitable people and their deep connections to local tradition.
We’re looking for three aspiring storytellers to travel around this region and write about the natural attractions and cultural charms that they find along the way.
Watch the video below to see how to apply
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What you could win
The 3 scholarship recipients will receive:
Receive round-trip airfare from your country of residence to Dubrovnik, Croatia where you will transfer to Herceg Novi, Montenegro.
Attend an exclusive travel-writing course under the mentorship of New York Times and Outside magazine contributor Tim Neville.
Each writer will then embark on their own 10-day trip with €1000 spending money including a free tour courtesy of The Western Balkans Geotourism Network.
Wander the Balkans in style with $500 USD worth of adventure travel clothing from ExOfficio.
Plan your adventure with a Eurail rail pass – your ticket to exploring the Balkans.
As always, we've got your back. You'll receive travel insurance for the duration of your trip from World Nomads.
How do I apply?
Write your story
Compose a 2500 character travel story around one of the following themes:
- 'Making a local connection'
- 'Out of my comfort zone'
- 'A place I’ll never forget'
Plan your itinerary
Tell us two places that you would like to visit in the Balkans. You could be exploring Macedonia’s national parks, uncovering local cuisine in Bosnia & Herzegovina, studying music and dance in Serbia or walking with the wildlife in Albania.
Complete the application form
In 1500 characters or less tell us why you should be the scholarship recipient and what winning this opportunity would mean to you. Your answer will hold considerable weight in the judging process.
Strictly one application per person
Applications close in...
Apply by March 21, 2017 at 11PM (EDT)
Workshop in Montenegro
Travel around the Balkans
What are the Judges looking for?
You'll need to convince our judging panel through your writing that you have the spirit of adventure and passion for travel writing to be chosen for this scholarship.
- Great descriptive ability (without getting flowery)
- Well structured narrative and a strong eye for detail.
- Ability to uncover a great travel story and tell it in a compelling way
- Excellent spelling and grammar and a knack for avoiding clichés
The 3 scholarship recipients, along with the shortlist of best entries will be published on the World Nomads website on April 12th, 2017.
Looking for Inspiration?
Check out some of our past winners and meet your mentor:
Beware of Bears
Allison’s original, well-paced and self-deprecating essay about a bear encounter becomes a meditation on life itself.Read this story
In the Isle of Skye
The strong language and playful tone of Mackenzie’s story bring to life the Scottish countryside and its characters.Read this story
In Full Bloom
Well-known Brighton gets a sideways look from an outsiders/insiders perspective in Nainaa’s arresting essay.Read this story
We've listed the top three questions here.
Still have more questions? Check our FAQ page.
Essentially this is a 'learning opportunity' for someone who is looking for an introduction into the writing industry.
For the purposes of this opportunity, we would consider you to be professional writer if you have been published regularly in commercial blogs, newspapers, travel magazines or travel journals. We would also consider you to be a professional writer if you derive more than 25% of your income from writing of any kind. If you have only had a few stories published, or keep a regular travel blog then we would not consider this professional.
Please consider the spirit of the program which is intended to help those with a burning desire to be a professional travel writer and need some help getting started.
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. Therefore, we do require you to undertake the trip solo. During the workshop, the winners will be exploring Montenegro together along with their mentor. Plus, you'll embark on a 5-day tour during your 10-day road trip which will give you a great opportunity to meet other travelers along the way.
Emailed applications will not be accepted. All applicants must fill the application page and submit their story via our website.