CLOSED: The National Geographic Traveller Travel Writing Competition 2021 is open for entries

Are you an aspiring travel writer? Submit your 500-word entry before 19 September to be in the running to win an eight-night luxury tour of Kenya, courtesy of Kuoni and Governors’ Camps — plus, the chance to kick-start your travel writing career.

By National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Published 8 Jul 2021, 15:50 BST, Updated 23 Sept 2021, 11:08 BST
Put pen to paper and tell us about an inspiring travel experience, which could be anything from ...

Put pen to paper and tell us about an inspiring travel experience, which could be anything from mountaineering in Patagonia to a hike in Pembrokeshire.

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Do you have a way with words? Love to regale your friends and family with tales from your travels? If that’s a yes, then our Travel Writing Competition is just the thing for you. This is your chance to see your name in print — and be in the running for a trip of a lifetime for you and a guest to Kenya with Kuoni and Governors’ Camp Collection.

For your chance to win, simply write no more than 500 words on an inspiring travel experience, which could be anything from mountaineering in Patagonia to a hike in Pembrokeshire.

We want to see flair and finesse with your words — and a written style that captures the essence of the magazine: a strong sense of place, immersive experiences and authentic storytelling. Every year, we receive hundreds of entries, and our aim is simple: to recognise and reward the UK and Ireland’s best new writers. Past winners have gone on to write for the title, often reporting on their winning trip and kick-starting their media careers.

So, what are you waiting for? Enter before 23:59 on Sunday 19 September 2021.

Terms and conditions apply

Enter now *


The winner and their guest will get to head out on game drives to try and spot a range of exciting wildlife.

Photograph by Governors' Camp Collection


What better place to inspire travel writing than Kenya? The travel experts at Kuoni are offering the winner of the National Geographic Traveller Travel Writing Competition 2021 an eight-night Governors’ Grand Safari for two people, which includes the Collection’s newest property, Mugie House, in Laikipia. With stays in three very different areas of Kenya — including a deluxe tented stay in a wildlife-rich corner of the Maasai Mara — you’ll really get to know the culture and ecosystems of this incredible country. The winner and their guest will get to head out on an authentic safari experience in Laikipia, getting the chance to look for rare wildlife like the Grévy's zebra and Jackson’s hartebeest in the legendary Maasai Mara National Reserve, and see endangered rhino on the shores of Lake Nakuru, before drifting off at night to the sounds of the wild at hilltop hideaway Loldia House.

The winners will be treated to a hot air balloon safari over the Maasai Mara.

Photograph by Governors' Camp Collection

You could be in the running for a trip of a lifetime to Kenya courtesy of Kuoni and Governors’ Camp Collection.

Photograph by National Geographic Traveller


National Geographic Traveller (UK) is a title synonymous with award-winning travel writing. Every year, our annual Travel Writing Competition attracts hundreds of entrants, receives widespread exposure and features an incredible array of talent. From 8 July 2021, aspiring writers are invited to submit a 500-word ‘snapshot’ account of a travel experience, focused on a trip either here in the UK or abroad. The magazine’s editors are looking for a clear, informative and entertaining narrative, with an enticing beginning and ending, that paints an evocative portrait of your chosen destination via the focused experience you’re relaying.

For examples of previous winning entries, dive into the world of cholita wrestling in Bolivia with Sarah Gillespie (winner, 2019) and explore Thailand’s boisterous Songkran Festival with Doug Loynes (winner, 2020). Or check out National Geographic Traveller’s travel writing tips from the experts.


The travel experts at Kuoni are offering the winner of the National Geographic Traveller Travel Writing Competition 2021 an eight-night Governors’ Grand Safari for two people.

Photograph by Governors' Camp Collection

*External link. This competition is organised by APL Media Limited, publishers of National Geographic Traveller (UK). Any personal data submitted will be processed in accordance with APL Media Limited's privacy policy, available here.


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 for two adults consisting of a Governors’ Grand Safari – Maasai Mara Tours from Kuoni Travel to Kenya.

The prize includes: one night in Nairobi, two nights in Lake Naivasha (Loldia House), two nights in Laikipia (Mugie House) and three nights in Maasai Mara (Governors’ Camp). Includes economy class flights from the UK to Nairobi, domestic road and flight transfers, accommodation as above with all meals on safari (breakfast only in Nairobi), all park and conservation fees. All accommodation is based on two people sharing. Plus, two daily game drives or activities per day at Loldia House, Mugie House and Governors’ Camp, and a hot air balloon safari in the Maasai Mara.

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The prize excludes: travel insurance; the cost of any passports, visas, or travel documentation required for the prize winner to travel to Kenya; 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 between 10 January 2022 to 22 June 2022 or 1 November 2022 to 7 December 2022, subject to availability.

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.

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

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Entries and judging

To enter the competition, entrants must submit a 500-word travel piece using the entry form available at:

The competition closes at 11.59pm BST on 19 September 2021. All entries must be received before this time. Only one entry per named entrant and email address will be accepted.

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. The winner will be revealed in the December 2021 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK), published on 4 November 2021.

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 winner will be notified by email before 4 November 2021. The winner will be contacted using the email address provided at the time of entry. Once notified, the winner must reply within 10 days.

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Prize Promotion
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