Courses and Competitions: Travelex Team’s Up With Penguin To Find Aspiring Travel Writers

logo-travel-writerCalling all aspiring travel writers….

Travel can really excite the imagination. The best travel writing can transport us, make us feel as though we are there.

This is why Travelex and Penguin have come together. They want to find the best new writing talent in travel writing.

So whether you’re a student with writing ambition, a well-travelled person who likes documenting your adventures or spend days writing notes on your next trip, Travelex and Penguin are giving you a chance to win a session with a Penguin editor.

They are looking for travel savvy short stories inspired by ‘a travel experience unlike any other.’

What the experience is and how you tell it is entirely up to you as long as the story is up to 1,000 words.

One lucky writer will win an hour with an editor from Penguin and will be able to get tips, advice and feedback. The winner will also receive £1,500.

There will also be an additional £500 bonus prize for the best entry by a current university or college student.

There will also be a chance for the general public to vote for their favourite travel writer through social media. This will be for entries that make the short list.

If you’re planning on entering, you need to be over 18, and a UK resident (exc. NI.) The piece needs to be unique so not something that has been submitted elsewhere.

Travelex and Penguin are looking to showcase talent of aspiring writers of any age but if you’re already being paid to write about travel then you’re not eligible to enter.

You can only enter once. Entries will be accepted up until 11.59pm on 5th February 2017. Nothing will accepted after this date.
For more information about this competition, more details on how to enter, visit 

When you’re ready to submit your piece, do so via the portal using the link above. The winners will be announced in March.


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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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