Travel Writing Contest: GuideGecko

travel writers attending the Frankfurt Book Fair

Okay travel writers and travel bloggers, grab your pens and…..err….I mean keyboards, and…..well just grab your keyboards!

There’s a travel writing contest that is still open, but the deadline for entering is quickly approaching! is holding an international writing contest for travel & food guides.

The winning titles will be published and also showcased at the Frankfurt Book Fair (the world’s largest book fair, by the way).

In addition to being showcased, the first prize also includes an expense-paid trip to the fair (airfare, accommodations, and an entry pass to the fair), so that authors can meet with renowned publishers from all over the world, pitch story ideas, and maybe even sign a contract.

The Frankfurt Book Fair draws nearly 300,000 visitors and 10,000 journalists each year.

This is a great opportunity for all travel writers and bloggers, but HURRY! The deadline is September 24th, 2009.

For more information visit: and be sure to read and follow the guidelines for submitting your entry.

While you’re there, poke around a bit – if you’re stuck for travel writing ideas, they have a good page called “Guide Writing Ideas” to help spark some inspiration.

Good luck!


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Trisha Miller Editor-in-Chief, - Trisha joined the Travel Industry in 1996 with a background in telecommunications and helped to build (and later sell) one of the industry's top inbound call centers specializing in air travel. Her career in Travel Writing began with creating destination-specific content for a corporate travel intranet, and continued as she contributed content to a large number of travel-related companies that were establishing an online presence throughout the late '90's and early '00's. Currently she is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, and a former Board Member of the International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association (2009-2015).  Still a frequent world traveler, and occasional guest-blogger on a number of other Travel Blogs, Trisha writes about travel and technology, sometimes both at the same time. You can follow Trisha on Twitter at:


  1. Hi Trisha,

    Entering contests is worthwhile. But, for those interested, here are some important tips.

    Follow the guidelines completely. Do not send extra or leave something out. It disqualifies the application.

    Judges feel if writers cannot follow guidelines, they are not paying attention to details.

    So, double check your entries two or three times.

    Our WiFTy Scholarship for IFWTWA had many entries. However, approximately 10 did not follow guidelines and were disqualified. This is true of most writing contests.

    By the way, our winner will be announced soon for this year.

    Maralyn D. Hill, President

  2. Excellent advice, Maralyn! And even more important when the contest sponsor or judge(s) are other publishers and editors – if they see that you can’t follow guidelines and pay attention to details, why would they ever consider you for a writing assignment?

    I can’t wait to find out who won the WiFTy Scholarship!

  3. This is a fantastic chance for budding writers and journalists to get their articles noticed. Not only will they receive cool prizes but the fact that they won will forever be a proud part of their resume.

    I enjoy writing a lot especially about travel destinations and experiences and the Guide Writing Ideas link gave me some very useful tips. Just a shame I found this article a few months too late or I would have had a go at writing one of my own!

    Does anyone have a link to the winning article?

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