Applications for the scholarship are now closed and the winners have been announced.
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 Kosovoare 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 learn more:
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.
Compose a 2500 character travel story around one of the following themes:
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.
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. The application must be submitted in English.
NOTE: Once you apply, you will not be able to go back and edit your story, so please make sure you are completely satisfied with your essay before you submit an application.
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.
The 3 recipients of the Scholarship, along with the shortlist of best entries will be published on the WorldNomads.com website on April 12th, 2017.
Check out some of our past winners and meet your mentor:
Allison’s original, well-paced and self-deprecating essay about a bear encounter becomes a meditation on life itself.
Read how Evelyn’s winning application grabs your attention from the very beginning.
Well-known Brighton gets a sideways look from an outsiders/insiders perspective in Nainaa’s arresting essay.
We've listed the top question 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 travel writing industry and more importantly, is keen to be mentored. 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.