Essay Contest Vacation
Gratitude Travel Writing Contest #9
We are looking for an article about gratitude.
Where do you feel thankful?
Oprah Winfrey tells the story of how Dr. Maya Angelou told her to “Be a Rainbow in Someone Else’s Cloud.” She said be a blessing to someone. “The rainbow is coming even if can not see it yet.” When have you needed someone and they have been your rainbow? Have you been someone else’s? Often we need the kindness of strangers while traveling through our lives.
I learned about this story from Oprah & Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Experience, Manifesting Grace through Gratitude. I highly recommend their series. I look forward to receiving your entries about how grace can become a verb in your life. Please share your story of travel, grace, gratitude and brightening someone’s day.
DATE: Enter from Sept 11, 2015 to November 26, 2015. (open until Dec 10)
THEME: Gratitude: Where do you feel Thankful
**Over 1600 writers from 75 countries have participated in contests since Jan 2013. **
DEADLINE: Enter by midnight PST on November 26, 2015 (Happy Thanksgiving! I am so grateful for your stories–this contest will stay open until Dec 10!)
To Enter: Submit your entry here
PRIZES: 1st Prize – $500 usd cash 2nd Prize – $100 usd cash 3rd Prize – $50 usd cash
Winners will be selected by our judges and We Said Go Travel Team. Cash prizes will be paid through PayPal in United States Dollars. All winning entries will be promoted on We Said Go Travel.
RULES: Publication is dependent on proper use of English language and grammar, appropriateness of theme topic, and being family friendly (G rated). If your post is written in a language other than English, please also send an English translation. Travelers of all ages and from all countries are encouraged to participate. Each individual may send up to 5 entries that are 500-800 words with 1 photo. Your article must be an original and previously unpublished piece. All posts, which meet the requirements, will be published on this site, WeSaidGoTravel.com.
JUDGING: Richard Bangs, AnneLise Sorensen and the We Said Go Travel Team
Richard Bangs, the father of modern adventure travel, is a pioneer in travel that makes a difference, travel with a purpose. He has spent 30 years as an explorer and communicator, and along the way led first descents of 35 rivers around the globe, he is currently producing and hosting the new PBS series, Richard Bangs: Adventure Without End
AnneLise Sorensen is a travel writer, editor, photographer, and TV/radio host who has penned – and wine-tasted – her way across four continents, reporting for multiple media outlets, including New York Magazine, MSN, Time Out, Yahoo Travel, Rough Guides, Gourmet, and Galavante. AnneLise regularly appears as a travel expert on NBC and CNN and she teaches popular travel writing classes and workshops at Mediabistro and travel events and shows.
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For our annual Student Travel Writing Contest with cash scholarships, please think about the following questions and requirements:
1,200-2,500 words. 2-3 or more high-resolution photos strongly preferred.
Student Writing Contest Deadline for 2018
The Contest begins January 1, 2018, and all entries must be received by October 1, 2018. Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. will require first-time Worldwide Electronic rights for all submissions which are accepted as contest winners and for publication. In addition, Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. will reserve the right to reprint the story in a future publication. The writer may republish the unedited submission as desired six months after initial publication on TransitionsAbroad.com.
Winners will be notified by email before 12:00 a.m. EST, October 15, 2018 for publication at such time as all winners have signed Agreements, received, and cashed payment.
Student Writing Contest Terms
Typed in Microsoft Word and sent by email to studentwritingcontest@TransitionsAbroad.com. Your name and your email address should be on the document and the "2018 TransitionsAbroad.com Student Writing Contest" as the subject of the email. Please let us know at email@example.com if your submission did not get through for any reason.
Please provide your name and contact information (address, email address, telephone number), your college or university, and your year in school or year that you graduated or expect to graduate. If you traveled on your own, list the countries and dates and what you did (worked, backpacked, etc.) If you traveled with a program, list the program name and institution, and the dates. Include your current and permanent address, your current and permanent phone number, and email address if applicable. Include a short biographical note (hometown, major, etc.). This information can be in the body of the email which includes your submission.
Send electronically as an attached MS Word file which includes the submission title, your name, your email address, and the story to studentwritingcontest@TransitionsAbroad.com. If you cannot attach the submission as an MS Word file, then please try to create a Google Document and send us the shared link. The last and least desirable way to submit is to paste the article text into an email message. If you have any questions about the contest, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For images, which often play an important part in conveying the abroad experience, ideally you have the images stored in the Cloud on sites such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Flickr, etc. Images in the Cloud can be easily accessed by suppling a link with read rights, but if not, please feel free to attach as many relevant high resolution images as possible or let us know that you have them available. Images tell a story in and of themselves, of course, and photojournalistic approaches will be considered.
Notification of your participation in the contest via Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus or your favorite social networking sites would be much appreciated. All winners are welcome to "brag" or "humblebrag" via social media.