Applications are now closed - best of luck to everyone that applied!
Yes, we said road trip! Oh, those two little words that hold so many possibilities, so many unwritten stories. It's all too easy to daydream about jaunting across Europe and chronicling your adventures on the road.
So, stop imagining, and get writing, because we want to send not one, but three budding travel writers to be mentored by a veteran Lonely Planet author and explore Europe on your own terms.
First, the 3 scholarship recipients will be flown from their countries of residence to Berlin where they will spend 2 days at our very first World Nomads Travel Writing workshop. Under the mentorship of veteran Lonely Planet author and industry mentor, Alex Leviton, you will learn how to find a great story, create solid pitches, improve your writing skills and gain a better understanding of the travel writing industry.
After the workshop, each writer will be off solo on their own customised 10-day European itinerary. As part of the application, you need to tell us about the two places you would most like to write about in Europe. We'll take these places of interest, throw in a few summer festivals and some local friends - and send you off on planes, trains and automobiles across Europe.
During your road trip, you will be tasked with writing about the people you meet, your adventures (and mis-adventures), and your local off-the-beaten-path encounters.
**You need to be available between August 14-28, 2014 to participate on the assignment.**
May 15 Program applications close
May 15 - Jun 5 Application judging
June 6 Winner announced
August 15 Arrive in Berlin
August 16-17 Travel Writing workshop
August 18-27 Solo European Road Trip
August 28 Depart
The 3 scholarship recipients will receive:
- A 2-day custom Travel Writing course in Berlin with mentor Alex Leviton
- A 10-day bespoke road trip across Europe including transportation through GoEuro and accommodation with Hostelworld.
- Round-trip airfare from your country of residence to Berlin.
- Enrollment in the MatadorU Travel Writing course (with 3 months unlimited access to the course)
- Travel insurance for the duration of the trip from World Nomads.
The top shortlisted entries will receive:
- Enrollment in the MatadorU Travel Writing mini course (with 3 months unlimited access to the course)
- You will be required to produce and submit 4-5 feature travel articles from your road trip (within 2 months of your return) that will be published on World Nomads, GoEuro, Hostelworld and Matador Network.
- You will keep a daily blog (200+ words per day) about your time on the road and upload this (plus photos) to your WorldNomads.com travel journal.
- You will post photos of your best 'travel moments' to Instagram on a daily basis so that we can follow your adventures.
On assignment in Europe
Meet your Mentor
After getting a master's degree in journalism from UC Berkeley in 2002, Alex Leviton realized reading a newspaper had never changed her life the way travel had, and she started her travel writing career as a Lonely Planet author. She's since contributed to two dozen projects for Lonely Planet, including all four editions of Tuscany & Umbria, Trips: The South, Happy, etc. She's also written for every travel media: newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs. She also co-authors the Umbria Slow app for Sutro Media, was the original Editorial Director for Silicon Valley's Gogobot since before launch, and has co-founded a travel startup. She's been teaching writing and travel writing for over a dozen years.
With a turbulent past (having been literally ripped in two), Berlin is a city where many lifestyles coexist side-by-side. Cheap rents, a fresh and fun vibe, and the necessity for foreign labour to rebuild the urbanscape have lead to diverse international community calling the city home. Each neighbourhood is home to a strong, sometimes opposing style, although the overall ethos of Berlin is fairly agreed upon; tolerance and internationalism reign.
Still up-and-coming in many areas, Berlin is home to thriving pop-up shops, flea markets, and residentially located bars and restaurants. The city is a cacophony of cheap beer and high culture, with a firm belief in grassroots activity.
Who can apply?
- This opportunity is open to students, emerging and non-professional writers and lovers of travel looking for a career change.
- The scholarship is open to all nationalities, however, you must have an exceptionally 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 travelling and working on your own.
- Minimum age 18 by the date the scholarship application closes (May 15, 2014)
- You need a current passport with at least six months left before expiry.
- You must be available as per the dates set out. Please note these dates are not changeable in any way, you must be available for the entire assignment.
- You should be an exceptional writer with a lust for adventure travel, a desire to experience new cultures and above all, a burning desire to become a professional travel writer!
Am I considered a professional travel writer?
Essentially this is a 'learning opportunity' for someone who is looking for an introduction into the travel writing industry and more importantly, is keen to be mentored.
As a guide, for the purposes of the opportunity, we would consider you to be professional writer if you have been published regularly in newspapers, travel magazines or travel journals. We would also consider you to be a professional writer if you derive more than 25% of your income from writing.
If you have had a few stories published, or keep a regular travel blog 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 professional travel writer and need some help getting started.
How to Enter
If you want it, you've got to show it. To apply you need to:
1. WRITE. Craft a 2500 characters or less (this includes spaces) travel focused essay based on a personal experience around one of the following themes;
a. 'How did I end up here?'
b. 'The first time I saw..."
c. 'I'll never forget the day that...'
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 (without getting flowery)
- strong eye for detail
- ability to uncover and tell a compelling and original story
- excellent spelling and grammar and a knack for avoiding clichés
2. PLAN YOUR ITINERARY. Tell us about the 2 cities / areas in Europe you would most like to write about.
3. COMPLETE AN ENTRY FORM which includes contact details and a maximum 1200 character 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.
One entry per person. The entry must be submitted in English.
Applications close May 15, 2014 at 2pm (AEST)
CONDITIONS OF ENTRY - Please read before applying!
Click to read the terms and conditions of this scholarship
*Note: Once you apply, you may not go back and edit your entry. Please make sure you are completely satisfied with your essay before you submit an application.*
The 3 recipients of the Scholarship, along with the shortlist of best entries will be published on the WorldNomads.com website on June 6th, 2014.
Read the winning and best entries from our 2013 Travel Writing Scholarship
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