Monday, July 18, 2011

Leap Local’s 2011 Travel Story Competition ~ free contest

Deadline: midnight August 31st in your time zone

If you have a travel story involving local people, or a tale of mishaps because you didn't use a local expert - whether the story be hilarious, exciting, gorgeous or terrifying - you are invited to enter this competition. Your submission will be judged by authors, travel writers, journalists, and other industry professionals. First prize is 500 USD and there are two $150 runner-up prizes.

The three winning stories will also be published in the Leap Local Newsletter which is sent to travellers around the world, and will be displayed on the website. The top ten stories will all be published on the Leap Local website Should the quality of stories be as high as it was in 2010. The top 25 stories will be featured in Monday Escape.

All competitors must post a recommendation or rating ( about a local guide or service on the Leap Local website. Provide the name of the local you have reviewed and link to your review when you submit your story.

Please note your website recommendation or review of the local on the Leap Local website does not have to be connected to the experience that you are writing about for the travel writing competition. Some writers might be writing about a travel incident from years ago and thus do not have up to date information about guides or services in the location of their story. We encourage you then to review a guide or service from your own back yard – something that tourist visiting your home locale might find of interest.

While the reviews are not judged, the quality of review will be taken into consideration. The local that you recommend/rate will automatically be entered into the other competition, the guides and services competition, so your recommendation matters to them.

Complete contest rules here. Read the 2010 winning entry here.

To keep up to date with all the annual writing contests in Canada, get the 2011 Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar – now just $13 including tax and shipping (or $10 at any of Brian Henry's workshops or classes). To order your copy, email  More details here.

See Brian Henry's schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, St. Catharines, Kitchener, Guelph, London, Woodstock, Peterborough, Kingston, Orangeville, Barrie, Sudbury, Gravenhurst, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond

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