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In our 10 years of running the Travel Writing Scholarship, this year was our biggest yet. We were truly blown away by the number of applications!
Our challenge each year is to find aspiring travel writers that can transport the reader to another destination, demonstrate their ability to tell a story in an original way and showcase their unique voice.
As the job of judging the applications becomes harder every year, the one thing to remember is that this is not a writing competition where we choose the best story; it’s a scholarship opportunity that awards budding talent with a trip to learn from a professional travel writer.
With so many incredible entries, we look closely for passionate writers and select those who, we believe, will use this opportunity to catapult their travel writing careers.
Thank you for taking us on your personal journeys and for sharing your inspiring and entertaining travel stories with us.
Without further delay, the winners of our 2016 Travel Writing Scholarship are…
Congratulations to our 3 winners! We're kick-starting your travel writing career with a mentorship from Lonely Planet author, Anthony Ham. You’ll then be off on a real-life assignment, exploring Australia on a 10-day road trip and writing about your adventures along the way.
Allison Bradley (USA) - Beware of Bears (Japan)
Allison's story has a nice rhythm with good changes of pace and a nice self-deprecating tone. It's also an original approach to the subject matter, by not making the encounter itself the centrepiece, but rather the starting point for a meditation on life itself.
Mackenzie Griffith (USA) - Careening into the Isle of Skye (UK)
Strong language and really playful tone make this story a pleasure to read - 'the walking personification of a twinkle in the eye' is a lovely image by a writer who has thought carefully about the language.
Nainaa Rajpaal (India) - In Full Bloom (UK)
The beginning and end of this piece is filled with strong images, and arresting language. It's a lovely piece that takes a sideways look at a well-known place and from an outsider/insider perspective, all the while telling a story in few words.
Congratulations to the following members of our shortlist. Each of you will receive a copy of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing.
Helen Glenny - The Dust Town (Cambodia)
Laura Weatherly - A Spy Like Me (Lebanon)
Niamh Kelly - Mountain Moonshine (Ethiopia)
Ariana Ince - Fireflies Do Not Make Good Headlights (Belize)
Caitlin Perna - The Underground World of Paris (France)
Jason Nugent - Snow, Dogs, and the Pursuit of Light (Norway)
Dylan Angell - Rail Riding (USA)
Patricia Duff - Black Gold (France)
Kate Lodge - See You Lodge (Nepal)
Alyna Poremba - Venetian Escape (Italy)
Becky Maschke - A Chance Encounter With The Volcano Of Fire (Guatemala)
Eva Glasrud - We Hunt to Share (Australia)
Trudie Haywood - An Atheist in Bethlehem (Israel)
Isabelle Abraham - Serge's School of Existentialism (USA)
Queenie Chua - War and Peace (Taiwan)
Joshua Black - The Road Less Travelled (Vietnam)
Katie Diederichs - Chicken Fight (Laos)
Danielle Nohra - Walking Regrets (New Zealand)
Mariah Proctor - A Kenyan Morning (Kenya)
April Abigail Beltran - Aurora's Dance (Iceland)
Dannee McGuire - A Midsummer Night's Dream (Iceland)
Marilyn Rodrigues-Wright - "A Spice of Life in India" (India)
Anna Baum - The Stag (UK)
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