* We'll fly you to Istanbul from your country of residence. You need to be available between June 7th - 28th, 2011 to participate on the assignment
After spending two days learning the ropes with mentor
you will research, review and update essential travel info for
'The Rough Guide to Istanbul', including
accommodation, bars & restaurants, entertainment, shopping, tours,
activities and transport, as well as searching out those local secrets
that travellers want to read about.
* Your mentor will be at hand
to offer guidance, but essentially this is your assignment; you will
travel on your own for this part of the journey so you must be comfortable travelling solo. Terry will assign you a specific area based on your travel experience.
* Your work will feature in the new edition of 'The Rough Guide to Istanbul',
placing your foot firmly in the door of the elusive travel writing industry!
Mentor, Terry Richardson
Find out more about what you can expect from your Rough Guides mentorship.
Read an interview with Terry Richardson about life as a travel writer.
Important Dates - 2011
March 28 Competition closes (2.00pm, Australian Eastern Daylight Time)
April 28 Winner announced
June 7 Winner Arrive Istanbul
June 8-19 Turkish Delight Tour with BikeHike Adventures
June 20-21 Meet your mentor Terry Richardson, shadow for 2 days
June 22-25 Solo assignment
June 26-27 Meet with Terry to review work etc.
June 28 Depart
Aug 15 Rough Guides content deadline
Before you meet your mentor, enjoy immersing yourself in the Turkish culture, get your travel writing skills up to speed and satisfy your adventure cravings!
will provide you with the ultimate buffet of multi-sports activities with a
12 day itinerary
on their Turkish Delight
tour highlighting most of Turkey's trusted gems.
The trip includes exploring the fairytale landscape of Cappadocia by mountain bike, foot and horseback, strolling through Istanbul visiting the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, the Grand Bazaar and Palace and sea kayaking on the Mediterranean past ancient ruins.
Photos courtesy of BikeHike Adventures
Photos courtesy of Rough Guides
Turkey is a vast country – France would fit within its boundaries with
plenty of room to spare – incorporating characteristics of Middle
Eastern and Aegean, as well as Balkan and trans-Caucasian, countries.
Mosques coexist with Orthodox churches; Roman theatres and temples
crumble alongside ancient Hittite cities; and dervish ceremonies or
gypsy festivals are as much a part of the social landscape as classical
music concerts or delirious sports fans. The one constant in all this –
and one of the things that makes Turkey such a rewarding place to travel
– is the Turkish people, whose reputation for friendliness and
hospitality is richly deserved.
Text and photos courtesy of Rough Guides
Who can apply
* The scholarship is open to students, emerging and non-professional writers and lovers of travel looking for a career change.
* You must have a high degree of proficiency in written English.
* The opportunity is designed to give you a taste of what it's like to be a travel writer on the road, so you must be comfortable doing some travel on your own.
* Minimum age 18 with a current passport and you must be available as per the dates set out. Please note these dates are not changeable in anyway, you must be available for the entire assignment.
* You should be an exceptional writer with a lust for adventure travel and a burning desire to be a travel writer!
What constitutes a professional travel writer?
Essentially this is a
'learning opportunity' for someone who is looking for an introduction
into the travel writing industry and importantly to be mentored.
As a guide, for the purposes of the opportunity, we would consider you to
be professional travel writer if you have been published regularly in
newspapers, travel magazines or travel journals. We would also consider
you to be a professional travel writer if you derive more than 25% of
your income from travel writing.
If you have had a few stories published, or keep a regular travel blog etc then we would not consider this professional.
We would also like to further clarify that a professional writer of any
sort (travel writer or otherwise) is not eligible to apply if they
derive more than 25% of their income from writing.
Please consider the spirit of the program which is intended to help those with
a burning desire to be a travel writer and need some help getting
If you want it, you've got to show it. To apply you need to:
1. Write. Craft a 500 word (or less) travel focused essay based on a personal experience around one of the following themes;
a. 'Responsible Travel'
b. 'Journey in an Unknown Culture'
c. 'My Big Adventure'
It's up to you to convince our judging panel through your writing that you
have the spirit of adventure and passion for travel writing to be chosen
for this scholarship. We will be looking for:
- great descriptive ability
- strong eye for detail
- ability to uncover and tell a compelling story
- excellent spelling and grammar and a knack for avoiding clichés
Check out our video blog with Rough Guide editor Clare Currie for some writing tips.
2. Complete an entry form
which includes contact details and a maximum 200 word essay on why
you should be chosen and what the opportunity will mean for you. Your
answer will provide considerable weight in the judging process.
3. One entry per person.
4. The entry must be submitted in English.
Applications close March 28, 2011 at 2pm.(Australian Eastern Daylight Time)
The recipient of the Scholarship, along with the best entries will be published on the WorldNomads.com website on April 28th, 2011.
Read the winning and best entries from our 2010 Travel Writing Scholarship
Got a question? Check out the FAQ video blog.
CONDITIONS OF ENTRY - Please read before applying!
Click to read the terms and conditions of this scholarship