It’s June, and members of the WritersDomain blog team have already traveled to New Orleans, Sweden, and Japan within the last month. Vacation season is upon us, and we want to hear your stories!
Send us a brief essay about an experience you had while traveling and what it meant to you. We want to hear about culture shock, cars breaking down in the desert, life-changing moments in cathedrals, getting lost in a place where you don’t speak the language, surviving a road trip with cranky toddlers, or whatever else you feel like telling us.
2 Runners-up: $25
Final Submission Due Date
You must enter your submission to the form below by 5 p.m. MST on Monday, June 18.
Announcement of Winners
We will announce contest winners on the blog on Thursday, June 28.
Keep your submission brief. We’ll dismiss anything over 1,000 words.
We’ll judge submissions with three criteria in mind:
- Is this submission a piece of travel writing or would it be categorized within another genre?
- How well is this submission written? Is it polished, clear, and grammatically correct?
- How gripping or interesting is this submission?
As always, keep our general contest rules in mind, and remember that WritersDomain does not accept explicit content.
If you’re not experienced with creative nonfiction or personal essay, you may find the following tips helpful:
- Use first person, and don’t be overly formal. We want to hear from the real you, so let your personality show in your writing.
- Show, don’t tell. We recommend the advice of writer Mike Carter: “Readers want to feel as if they’re eavesdropping on a conversation, or being shown something secret and magical. People don’t like being told what to think. If a child wearing rags made you sad, for example, describe the child, their clothes, the way they carried themselves. Assume readers are sentient. If you write it well, they will ‘feel’ what effect the encounter had on you. This is much more powerful than saying, ‘I felt sad.’”
- Since we’re asking for short submissions, don’t try to cover too much information. Tell us about one specific experience, not your entire four-month study abroad.
- Focus on both the external and the internal. Your submission should both show us where you are and something about you.
If you have questions about this contest, please email us at [email protected]