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Want to learn how to become a travel writer in a tropical paradise?

We're sending three aspiring travel writers to explore beyond the sandy shores and crystal waters of the Caribbean. On the 14-day trip you'll attend a workshop with NY Times contributor Tim Neville then put what you've learned into practice and tackle real-life travel writing assignments.

To apply, all you need to do is submit your best 700-word travel story.

Find out more and check out all the prizes below.

What you could win

Free flights

Receive round-trip airfare from your closest international airport to the Caribbean.

Professional mentorship

Attend a 4-day workshop with Tim Neville at a Selina hostel coworking space.

10-day trip

Then, go on a 10-day all-expenses-paid trip in the Caribbean with bamba.

Travel apparel

Be outfitted with sustainable travel clothes and gear from Toad&Co.

Portfolio review

Get feedback on your writing from Nat Geo Traveler editor at large, Norie Quintos.

Travel insurance

As always, travel insurance for the trip provided by World Nomads.

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How to apply

1. Select your story theme

'A leap into the unknown'
'Making a local connection'
'I didn't expect to find'

2. Write a travel story

Use your chosen theme to craft a compelling story about a travel experience you've had in 700 words or less.

3. Complete the application form

Fill in your personal details so we know how to contact you should you make the shortlist.

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What the judges are looking for

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:

  • Great descriptive ability (without getting flowery)
  • A 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 recipients of the Scholarship, along with the shortlist of best travel stories will be published on the World Nomads website on 30 April 2020.

Important dates

11 March Applications close
30 April Winners announced
13 September Trip begins

FAQs

Need more information? Here are our top three most frequently asked questions. For the full list of frequently asked questions, visit the FAQ page.
  • Can professional writers apply? Am I considered a professional writer?

    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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