CLOSED: National Geographic Traveller (UK) Travel Writing Competition 2020

Our annual Travel Writing Competition is back, and we’re giving you the chance to see your name in the pages of the magazine and win an unforgettable adventure in Vietnam.

Thursday, March 5, 2020,
By National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Man sitting on rock in Antelope Canyon
Do you want to write for National Geographic Traveller? Our annual Travel Writing Competition is back, giving budding writers the chance to see their name in print.
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If you’re the type of traveller who collects stories rather than souvenirs, then we want to hear from you. As one of the country’s most prestigious travel writing competitions, this is your chance to put pen to paper and tell us your travel tales. Not only could win a fantastic trip to Vietnam, but you might even kick-start your career as a travel writer. 

We’re after no more than 500 words on a standout travel experience. It could be on anywhere — from the jungles of Costa Rica to the Kent coast — just as long as it remains clear, focused and inspiring.

Don’t forget to embrace the ethos of National Geographic Traveller: a strong sense of place; immersive, authentic experiences and compelling storytelling. 

"Not only did I win a trip to Thailand in the National Geographic Traveller Travel Writing Competition, but doors also opened for me in the travel writing world. Since winning the competition, I’ve had pieces published by Bradt Travel Guides and The Guardian, and I spoke at Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show in Manchester and London as part of the Stanfords Travel Writers Festival. The competition paved the way for all that."
Dom Tulett, 2018 winner 

The prize

Courtesy of TUI Tours, the winner will set off on a 14-day trip of a lifetime to Vietnam, taking in the highlights of the country from north to south. This adventure combines the very best Vietnam has to offer, from its dramatic landscape to its vibrant, dynamic cities. You’ll explore peaceful paddies, emerald-green mountains, limestone islands and talc-soft beaches, as well as the likes of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, which fizz with energy and serve some of the world’s most unforgettable cuisine. 

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Entries close at 23:59 on 30 June 2020.

Terms & conditions

By participating in any promotion, you are deemed to accept these rules and the specific directions/terms and conditions applicable to the relevant promotion as well as any terms and conditions of any relevant third party.

​The Promoter
The Promoter is APL Media Limited, Highgate Studios, 53-79 Highgate Road, London NW5 1TL.

The Prize
There is one prize consisting of one place on a TUI Tours 14-night ‘Ultimate Vietnam Tour and Stay’ tour. 

The prize includes: return economy class flights from London Gatwick to Vietnam; return airport coach transfers within Vietnam; cruise and minibus transport within Vietnam; internal flights within Vietnam; accommodation for the duration of the tour hotels of a four-star standard; breakfast on days two to 13; lunch on days three, four, six, eight, 11 and 12, dinner on day four; a total of 15 activities including a Halong Bay cruise, Mekong Delta bike ride and Cai Rang floating market.

The prize excludes: travel insurance; the cost of any passports, visas, or travel documentation required for the prize winner to travel to Vietnam; airport transfers between the prize winner’s home and the departure airport; personal spending money; tips; or any food, drink or activities not mentioned in the prize description. Any additional taxes, costs and expenses incurred during the trip will be the responsibility of the prize winner.

The prize is valid for travel from 1 December to 31 March 2021. Blackout dates of 22 December 2020-6 January 2021 apply.

It is the winner’s responsibility to check all visa, passport, travel insurance and health requirements are fulfilled.

The prize must be booked at least 30 days in advance of the intended date of travel.

The prize is subject to availability, non-exchangeable, non-transferable and non-refundable. The prize for this Prize Promotion will be given to the winner as set out in these terms and conditions. The winner must accept the prize in that form. There is no cash alternative. No alternative will be offered.

In the event of cancellation by the winner, for whatever reason, no alternative prize will be given.

The prize provider and Promoter retain the right to substitute the prize with another prize of similar value in the event that the original prize offered is not available.

The Promoter will not be held liable for a prize if it does not reach the winner for reasons beyond its reasonable control.

The winner uses the prize at their own risk.

The Promoter shall not be liable in any way for any failure, liability or breach by any third party in connection with this Prize Promotion or prize and accepts no responsibility for any loss, property damage or personal injury suffered by the winner relating to this Prize Promotion or the prize, except in the case of death or personal injury caused by Promoter’s negligence or fraudulent misrepresentation and, so far as permitted by law, the Promoter its associated companies and agents exclude responsibility and all liabilities arising for reasons beyond its control including any act or default of any third party supplier.

Entrants
Entrants must reside in the UK or Ireland and be aged 18 or over.

Employees and agents of APL Media Limited (APL) or any company connected with the production or distribution of a promotion or any of their associated companies are not eligible to take part in the applicable promotion, nor are their relatives or members of their families or households.

Entrants can enter the Prize Promotion only as specified in these terms and conditions.

The winner may be required to provide the Promoter with the form of proof of identity as Promoter in its sole discretion requests before receipt of any prize. Failure to produce sufficient evidence as to identity may result in disqualification.

No entries from agents, third parties, organised groups or entries automatically generated by computer will be accepted. No incomplete, illegible or corrupted entries will be accepted.  Failure to comply with any of these terms and conditions (including instructions) will disqualify any entrant from taking part in the Prize Promotion and the entry will be invalid. The Promoter retains sole discretion to refuse entrants the right to enter if it feels that these terms and conditions are not being complied with or for any valid and justifiable reason.

The Promoter reserves the right to disqualify any entrant and/or winner and/or amend these terms and conditions at any time in its absolute discretion.

Entries and Prize draw
To enter the prize draw, entrants must fill in the entry form available at: https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/competitions

The Prize Promotion closes at 11.59pm GMT on 30 June 2020. All entries must be received before this time. Only one entry per named entrant and email address will be accepted.

The winner will be notified by email within 14 days of the Prize Promotion closing. The winner will be contacted using the email address provided at the time of entry. Once notified, the winner must reply within 10 days.

If the selected winner is unreachable, ineligible, disqualified or fails to claim the prize within 10 days of notification being sent by the Promoter, that winner automatically forfeits the prize.

The Promoter’s decision in this Prize Promotion is final and legally binding and no correspondence will be entered into.

Prize Promotion
No purchase is necessary for entry in the Prize Promotion.

Any entry made giving another person’s (or a false) name or other dishonest information will be disqualified.

Publicity and Personal Data
All personal data submitted by an entrant in connection with this Prize Promotion is submitted voluntarily. All personal data collected from entrants will be used by the Promoter for the purpose of administering the Prize Promotion and by entering this Prize Promotion, entrants’ consent to Promoter using this information to contact them in respect of the prize.

Entrants may consent to receiving National Geographic Traveller (UK) email newsletters containing the latest travel features, events, competitions and offers, by ticking the relevant box on the entry form.

If at a later stage you wish to withdraw your consent to receive such materials please select the “unsubscribe” link which can be found on the National Geographic Traveller (UK) newsletters. Further information about how the information gathered will be held is available from the Promoter’s privacy policy.

Entrants may also consent to receiving direct marketing communications from National Geographic Partners and/or the prize providers by ticking the relevant boxes on the entry form. If you consent to such marketing your information will be processed in accordance with the privacy policies specified with the relevant tick box on the entry form.

You are under no obligation to consent to emails or direct marketing material and this in no way affects your eligibility to still enter the Prize Promotion.

By entering into this Prize Promotion you consent to your personal data being passed outside the EU for the purposes of processing and storing on the Promoter’s servers for the purpose of administering the Prize Promotion.

By entering this Prize Promotion, each of the entrants agree to the use of their name and/or likeness without compensation, for the Promoter’s promotional and marketing purposes.

Miscellaneous
Entrants indemnify the Promoter, its agents, employees, representatives, associates, affiliates, parent and subsidiary companies against any and all claim, losses, costs, damages, liability and expenses arising out of the entrant’s breach of any of these terms and conditions.

Each entrant by entering this Prize Promotion expressly releases the Promoter, its affiliates, agents, employees and directors from any claim, action or demand arising out of or in connection with the Prize Promotion or their prize, if any.

The Promoter reserves the right to modify these rules, suspend or discontinue the Prize Promotion at any time, including without limitation where it is necessary to do so due to circumstances beyond its reasonable control or if it cannot be guaranteed that the Prize Promotion can be carried out correctly for technical or legal reasons or if the Promoter suspects that any person has been manipulating the administration of the Prize Promotion or has acted unethically in any other way.

The determination and decision of the publishers of the Promoter on all matters shall be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

The laws of England and Wales govern these terms and conditions.

General Terms and Conditions
Entrants agree to permit National Geographic Traveller (UK) to publish the winning and runner-up entries in the magazine, on the National Geographic Traveller (UK) website and on the National Geographic Traveller (UK) social media channels. The winning and runner-up entries may also be used by National Geographic Traveller (UK) and the competition sponsors in promotional material relating to the competition. Winners must co-operate fully for publicity purposes if so required. Entries submitted must be original work and must not have been entered into any other writing competition, or been published in any other publication or website. Entrants must own the copyright to any work entered. Entrants will retain copyright to their work. Winners will be revealed in the October 2020 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK), published on 3 September.

The prize draw is open to residents of the UK or Republic of Ireland aged 18 and over. No purchase necessary. Competition closes 30 June 2020 at 11.59pm GMT.

The competition will be judged by National Geographic Traveller (UK) editorial director, Maria Pieri, and editor, Pat Riddell. The judges' decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

The competition is not open to employees or associates of APL Media Limited, TUI or anyone connected with the competition, or their families. Only one entry per named entrant and email address will be accepted. 

The promoter is APL Media Limited, Highgate Studios, 53-79 Highgate Road, London NW5 1TL. Usual terms and conditions apply. 

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