Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Leap Local seeks your travel stories for writing contest

Last year one of your students (Tom Cameron) was a finalist in Leap Local’s travel story competition, so I’m hoping that once again you’ll inform your students and blog-readers about the 2012 contest.

Like last year, there is a $500 USD first prize and two $150 dollar runners-up prizes for just a 500-650 word personal travel story. The competition is free to enter but we do require that the entrants also recommend a new local in tourism to the website when they submit their story (a “local” being someone who lives at the point of destination).

Plus this year there is a new prize (The $1000 Splits) which also rewards $500 to the writer who makes the best recommendation of a tour guide or service, and another $500 to the local they recommended. So, someone who enters a great story and a great review, has the potential to win $1000.

The winning stories will be published in What on earth? Leap's online travel magazine and the top 25 have an opportunity to be published in the Monday Escape section of the magazine.

The deadline is  August 31st 2012. See the link to the full guidelines, entry template, past winning stories, and the judging panel here

Thanks so much,
Kirsten Koza
Misadventure Travel Writer / Author

Read Tom Cameron’s most recent travel piece (not the piece that won the Leap Local contest) here.

For information about all the annual writing contests in Canada, order the Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar, just $23.50 including all taxes and shipping. For details, email

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

1 comment:

  1. Perhaps I'm wrong; maybe Riga will hold on to its special Old World splendor. travel stories