This opportunity is now closed. The winners will be announced on April 30.
This year we're looking for 3 aspiring travel writers to go on assignment in Portugal and be mentored by professional travel writer and contributor to The New York Times, Tim Neville.
On the trip you'll attend a comprehensive travel writing workshop with Tim and witness the evolution of this age-old civilisation as it emerges as a hub for digital nomads and creatives. Then, you'll be sent off to uncover the stories of the people who give life to the historical heart, sweeping coastlines and cobbled lanes of one of the oldest countries in Europe.
Find out what you could win and how to apply below.
Receive a round-trip airfare from your closest international airport to Portugal.
Attend a 4-day workshop with Tim Neville and receive a portfolio review from Norie Quintos.
Embark on a bespoke 10-day adventure with US $1000 and free accommodation.
Score a copy of Lonely Planet’s 'How to be a Travel Writer'.
Explore more of Portugal and Europe with a 1-month Global Eurail (or Interrail) pass.
As always, travel insurance for the trip provided by World Nomads.
'A leap into the unknown''Making a local connection'
'I didn't expect to find'
Use your chosen theme to craft a compelling story about a travel experience you've had in 700 words or less.
Fill in your personal details so we know how to contact you should you make the shortlist.
To be chosen for this scholarship you'll need to convince our judging panel through your writing that you have the spirit of adventure and passion for travel writing. Your writing should showcase:
The 3 recipients of the Scholarship, along with the shortlist of best travel stories will be published on the results page on 30 April, 2019.
A correspondent at Outside and frequent contributor to The New York Times, Tim has scaled glaciers, skied, cycled and scuba dived to report his stories. In 2015 he was named a travel writer of the year by the Society of American Travel Writers.
Norie is an editor at large at National Geographic Travel Media. Previously an executive editor of National Geographic Traveler, she now consults with destinations and travel companies on improving their content.
For the full list of questions check our FAQ page.
The scholarship is not open to professional writers of any kind. 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, 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.
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