The scholarship is open to all nationalities; however, you must have an exceptionally high degree of proficiency in written English to be considered for the scholarship. Please note: you do not need to supply an English proficiency certificate to apply.
You need a current passport with at least eight months left before expiry. We'll assist the winner in acquiring a visa and reimburse all associated costs, however the applicant must be eligible to obtain a visa to Argentina.
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. The scholarship is not open to professional writers of any kind.
For the purposes of this opportunity, we would consider you to be professional writer if you have been published regularly in commercial blogs, newspapers, magazines or 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.
If more than 25% of your job consists of writing, in any professional capacity (social media not included), you are ineligible to apply. This includes editors and copy-writers who spend more than 25% of their time writing.
Yes, however, we do encourage you to read our brand new guide The Art of Travel Writing written by scholarship mentor Tim Neville so that you can improve your story before applying. Use the sign-up form on this page to download your guide.
Yes, the character count does include spaces. No, the form will not allow you to submit an application if your writing is longer than the specified the character count. The character count for the story is 2500 (roughly 500 words). Please do not email us with a longer version of your travel story.
Yes, your travel story will be publicly displayed on our website. Please don't share information or anything you would mind your mother reading in this section! If you would like your travel story removed from the World Nomads website please email [email protected] with the title of your entry. Please note, your personal information and contact details will not be made public.
The travel writing workshop in Buenos Aires will begin on May 7. The trip around Argentina will begin May 11. To take part in this scholarship experience you must be available between May 6 to May 22, 2018 - allowing for travel time between your country of residence and Buenos Aires.
Under the mentorship of professional travel writer Tim Neville, the winners will learn how to find a great story, create solid pitches, improve their writing skills and gain a better understanding of the travel writing industry.
After the workshop, each writer will embark on their solo 10-day Argentina trip. First, you will be whisked away on a 6-day exploration of a specific region with Say Hueque. Then, you may travel to a destination of your choice. During your trip, you will be tasked with writing about the people you meet, your adventures (and misadventures), and your local off-the-beaten-path encounters.
No, you cannot email your entry to us. All applicants need to fill out the application page and submit their applications via our website. If you have encountered any specific issues please contact us at [email protected]
Make sure that your text is within the specified character limit (which includes spaces) as per our form's counter. Keep in mind that this is characters and not words and that we can't guarantee an external count will exactly match our form's.
Successful applications will be visible within this section. If you cannot find your application here, it is likely we have not received your submission (even if you've received a confirmation email). Please try to apply again.
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