Booksellers and libraries across the UK and Ireland are being invited to participate in selecting the longlists for the second Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards, which are taking place on the evening of 2nd February 2017 in a venue near London's Olympia.
The booksellers and libraries who take part in selecting the longlist will then be asking to mount a month-long promotion of the shortlists, which represent the best travel writing of the past year, throughout January next year leading up to the ceremony.
Wanderlust magazine has been secured as media supporters for the awards, whilst Lonely Planet Pathfinders, National Book Tokens and the Destinations Show are sponsoring new prizes for travel bloggers, Children’s and illustrated travel books respectively.
The categories in this year’s awards include National Book Tokens Children’s Travel Book of the Year, Lonely Planet Pathfinders Travel Blog of the Year, Destinations Show Illustrated Travel Book of the Year, Food & Travel Book of the Year, Fiction (with a Sense of Place), Innovation in Travel Publishing, Wanderlust Adventure Travel Book of the Year, Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year, and Edward Stanford Award for Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing.
Publishers are advised to make their submissions at the Edward Stanford website before the deadline of October 17th.
The Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year has moved its judging period in order for the winner to be revealed at February’s ceremony. Administered by and, run in association with the Authors’ Club, this separate judging panel will be chaired by writer, Sara Wheeler.
“We were delighted with the reception for the first year of the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards from the trade and public alike,” Tony Maher, managing director of Edward Stanford Limited, said. “So to be able to build on this support to create an industry-wide celebration of travel writing at a key time of the year is very exciting. Our plan is to align the Awards with the Stanfords Travel Writers Festival to create a singular highlight of the year for travel writing fans.”