British Guild of Travel Writers launches competition

<p>As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations the British Guild of Travel Writers has launched a travel writing competition for unpublished writers.<br /><br />The competition is open to writers aged 18 and over who have not previously been published in the travel field. Entrants should submit an 800-word article on the theme, A Very Special Place. The closing date for entries is 31st December.<br /><br />The first prize is a four-day travel writing holiday in Istanbul, the second prize is a two-night stay in Berlin and the third prize is a selection of 10 travel guides from travel publisher Bradt. The winning entries will be announced at an awards ceremony in London in February 2010. The winning entry will also be published in the spring 2010 issue of <em>Traveller </em>and on the Guild website,<br /><br />BGTW press and PR co-ordinator Sarah Monaghan said: &quot;The Guild has supported excellence in travel writing for half a century now and we want to celebrate our special year by championing new travel writing talent.&quot; She added: &quot;The winning entry will be a beautifully written piece that is a celebration of a world destination, be it an exotic location or one closer to home.&quot;<br /><br />The awards will be judged by Monaghan; Amy Sohanpaul, editor of <em>Traveller </em>and the<em> Traveller&#39;s Handbook</em>; Jonathan Lorie, director of Travellers&#39; Tales and the Travellers&#39; Tales Festival and editor of the <em>Traveller&#39;s Handbook</em>; and Peter Hughes&nbsp; founding editor of ITV&#39;s &quot;Wish You Were Here?&quot; and the British Guild of Travel Writers&#39; Travel Writer of the Year 2008.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p>