Enter the Bradt Travel Guide writing competition

Bradt Travel Guides is on the hunt for entertaining true stories to publish in a new anthology about travelling with animals. Beastly Journeys will feature accounts of everything from hilarious holidays with pets to journeys on which wild animals somehow came along for the ride (whether their presence was welcome or not)

Entry details

Tales must be 1,000–2,000 words in length, and focus upon a journey with an animal (not just a wildlife encounter). We expect to get a good selection of stories about travel with dogs and horses/donkeys, so are particularly looking for journeys featuring unusual animals or in which the presence of an animal companion was unexpected or uninvited. The animal itself can be domestic or wild, loveable or threatening, curious or stubborn, just as long as it is an important character in the story. Please note that we are not looking for accounts of wildlife-spotting, however thrilling. The story must include sustained, colourful and personal ‘engagement’ with an animal.

The usual conventions of good travel writing need to be observed: develop a sense of place (remember, this is a travel book) and create an exciting or touching story within the parameters of the word count.

Length: Stories should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words long, and written in the first person.

Deadline: The deadline for submission of entries is midnight on 31st October 2017 (although stories will be reviewed and selected as they come in, so there’s no advantage to leaving it to the last minute).

To enter: Email your travel tale (as an attached Word document) to Competitions@bradtguides.com with ‘Beastly Journeys competition’ in the subject field. Entrants must include their name, email address and a daytime telephone number in the body of the email, but NOT in the Word document itself. (Judging will be anonymous.)

Marketing: Entrants’ email addresses will be subscribed to Bradt's twice monthly newsletter. If entrants do not wish to be added to this mailing list they must include the phrase NO NEWSLETTER in the body of their email entry.

Selection: Entries will be judged anonymously. We aim to compile a shortlist by November, and complete the final selection by the end of the year (by which time we should have notified all entrants, whether successful or not). Winning entrants will receive a small fee and two copies of the book in which their tale is published.

Terms & Conditions: Full Terms & Conditions of entry are available on our website at bradtguides.com/beastly-journeys-competition-terms