FALL 2014 GRATITUDE TRAVEL WRITING CONTEST, $650 USD to be Won!!

Fall 2014 Gratitude Travel Writing Contest

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WeSaidGoTravel.com invites you to enter its Travel Writing Contest with CASH prizes and no fee for entry. The theme for the Fall 2014 contest is “Gratitude: A Place That Inspires You to Feel Strong and Hopeful.” We hope your article will inspire others to travel more and find their inner hero!  Enter from September 11, 2014 to November 27, 2014

We are looking for an article about your act of gratitude–a place you chose or that allows you to stand up for yourself. Be inspired by Idina Menzel‘s character, Elizabeth, in the Broadway sensation, If/Then, with her song, No More Wasted Time,

No more wasted time
No more time for doubt
You say you’re not sure you’re a hero?
It’s time you should find out
So say you’ve made a few mistakes
Heroes know that’s what it takes
To find their way
No more wasted time
Not one more day

Where are you most able to be your true self? Your place of freedom might be far across the globe or in your own backyard.

THEME:  Gratitude: A Place that Allows You to Feel Strong, Hopeful and Free.

DEADLINE: Enter by midnight PST on November 27, 2014, American Thanksgiving Day.

To Enter: Click here 

PRIZES:  1st Prize – $500 usd cash 2nd Prize – $100 usd cash 3rd Prize – $50 usd cash

Winners will be selected by our judges, Richard Bangs, Annelise Sorensen and the We Said Go Travel Team.  Cash prizes will be paid through PayPal in United States Dollars.  All winning entries will be promoted on We Said Go Travel.

RULES: Publication is dependent on proper use of English language and grammar, appropriateness of theme topic, and being family friendly (G rated). If your post is written in a language other than English, please also send an English translation. Travelers of all ages and from all countries are encouraged to participate. Each individual may send up to 5 entries that are 500-800 words with 1 photo. Your article must be an original and previously unpublished piece. All posts, which meet the requirements, will appear on WeSaidGoTravel.com.

JUDGING: Richard Bangs, AnneLise Sorensen and the We Said Go Travel Team

Richard Bangs, the father of modern adventure travel, is a pioneer in travel that makes a difference, travel with a purpose. He has spent 30 years as an explorer and communicator, and along the way led first descents of 35 rivers around the globe, he is currently producing and hosting the new PBS series, Richard Bangs: Adventure Without End

AnneLise Sorensen is a travel writer, editor, photographer, and TV/radio host who has penned – and wine-tasted – her way across four continents, reporting for multiple media outlets, including New York Magazine, MSN, Time Out, Yahoo Travel, Rough Guides, Gourmet, and Galavante. AnneLise regularly appears as a travel expert on NBC and CNN and she teaches popular travel writing classes and workshops at Mediabistro and travel events and shows.

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Summer 2014 INDEPENDENCE Travel Writing Contest

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WeSaidGoTravel.com invites you to enter its Travel Writing Contest with CASH prizes and no fee for entry. The theme for the Summer 2014 contest is “Independence: A Place That Allows You to Feel Free.” We hope your article will inspire others to travel more and find freedom!  Enter from May 27, 2014 to July 4, 2014

We are looking for an article about your act of freedom–a place you chose or that allows you to feel free. Be inspired by Sara Barielles’ song, Brave, and share “What you want to say.” We want to “See you Be Brave…and start speaking up!” Where are you most able to be your true self? In Nellie Bennett’s Only in Spain, she watches a flamenco dancer and shares wanting “to attack my life with that passion, to live with her joy and her devotion to her art… I’d wanted to feel and smell and taste life, and live like that dancer on the stage in Seville, risking that triple turn, never sure she wouldn’t spin right off the stage.” Your place of freedom might be far across the globe or in your own backyard.

THEME:  Independence: A Place that Allows You to Feel Free.

DEADLINE: Enter by midnight PST on July 4, 2014 

Entry is Now Closed – We hope you will enter our next contest starting September 11, 2014

PRIZES:  1st Prize – $500 usd cash 2nd Prize – $100 usd cash 3rd Prize – $50 usd cash

Winners will be selected by our judges, Richard Bangs, Annelise Sorensen and the We Said Go Travel Team.  Cash prizes will be paid through PayPal in United States Dollars.  All winning entries will be promoted on We Said Go Travel.

RULES: Publication is dependent on proper use of English language and grammar, appropriateness of theme topic, and being family friendly (G rated). If your post is written in a language other than English, please also send an English translation. Travelers of all ages and from all countries are encouraged to participate. Each individual may send up to 5 entries that are 500-800 words with 1 photo. Your article must be an original and previously unpublished piece. All posts, which meet the requirements, will appear on WeSaidGoTravel.com.

JUDGING: Richard Bangs, AnneLise Sorensen and the We Said Go Travel Team

Richard Bangs, the father of modern adventure travel, is a pioneer in travel that makes a difference, travel with a purpose. He has spent 30 years as an explorer and communicator, and along the way led first descents of 35 rivers around the globe, he is currently producing and hosting the new PBS series, Richard Bangs: Adventure Without End

AnneLise Sorensen is a travel writer, editor, photographer, and TV/radio host who has penned – and wine-tasted – her way across four continents, reporting for multiple media outlets, including New York MagazineMSN, Time OutYahoo Travel, Rough GuidesGourmet, and Galavante. AnneLise regularly appears as a travel expert on NBC and CNN and she teaches popular travel writing classes and workshops at Mediabistro and travel events and shows.

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Winter 2014 INSPIRATION Travel Writing Contest

 $1,750usd in CASH PRIZES, Free Entry! Read the entries: Click here.

May 19 update: Click here to read the entries from our Finalists. Click here to read the WinnersThank you for your participation and patience! Over 500 writers from 55 countries shared their stories!

Feb 16 Update: Each entry must be read and processed by our We Said Go Travel team. They do not auto-post. We had over 250 entries in the last 48 hours of the contest. Please be patient as we get them each ready for publication! More will be posted each day! Thank you so much for your participation!

April 1 Update: I have processed nearly every entry of the over 500 writers! Three entries are being published each day and will be for all of April and part of May. I expect to announce the winners in May! Thank you for your patience and participation!

Dates: January 2, 2014 – February 14, 2014 at midnight PST.

We are looking for an article about a place that inspires you to spend your time with no regrets. In Arnold Bennett’s book, How to Live on 24 Hours a Day, he writes about how time is the ideal democracy. “No one can take [time] from you. It is unstealable. And no one receives either more or less than you receive.” Every morning we have a new day, as he says, “The supply of time is truly a daily miracle.” Where and how do you wish to spend your time?

THEME:  Inspiration: A place that inspires you to spend your time wisely with no regrets.

PRIZES:

  • 1st Prize – $1,000 usd cash
  • 2nd Prize – $500 usd cash
  • 3rd Prize – $250 usd cash

Winners will be selected by our judges, Richard Bangs, Amy Friedman and the We Said Go Travel Team.  Cash prizes will be paid through PayPal in United States Dollars.  All winning entries will be promoted on We Said Go Travel.

RULES: Publication is dependent on proper use of English language and grammar, appropriateness of theme topic, and being family friendly (G rated). If your post is written in a language other than English, please also send an English translation. Travelers of all ages and from all countries are encouraged to participate. Each individual may send up to 5 entries that are 500-800 words with 1 photo. Your article must be an original and previously unpublished piece. All posts, which meet the requirements, will appear on WeSaidGoTravel.com.

DEADLINE: Enter by midnight PST on February 14, 2014.

JUDGING: Richard Bangs, Amy Friedman and the We Said Go Travel Team

TO ENTER: This contest is now closed. Please look for our next contest in May.

Richard Bangs, the father of modern adventure travel, is a pioneer in travel that makes a difference, travel with a purpose. He has spent 30 years as an explorer and communicator, and along the way led first descents of 35 rivers around the globe, he is currently producing and hosting the new PBS series, Richard Bangs: Adventure Without End

Amy Friedman, an award-winning author, has published three memoirs, several children’s books and audiobooks, and thousands of essays, stories, and articles. She works as an editor and ghostwriter teaches memoir and personal essay in southern California. Amy’s recent books:  Desperado’s Wife: A Memoir, and her co-authored memoir with Anne Willan, One Souffle at a Time. Work with Amy at Idyllwild in July 2014.

Thank you for your participation in creating a growing global community of engaged travelers and concerned citizens. Writers of all ages and from all countries are encouraged to enter and share stories from any part of our planet.

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Fall 2013 Gratitude Travel Writing Contest

The Gratitude Travel Writing Contest Winners: CLICK HERE

READ the entries in the contest: click here

Winners announced on a live Google Hangout.  Read the winning entries!

Watch: The Live Announcement

DATES: September 11 – November 28, 2013. Free Entry $1,000usd in CASH PRIZES

We are looking for an article about a place you are grateful for or a memorable holiday that you shared with a special loved one or a place that is awe inspiring. In Jonah Berger’s book, Contagious: Why Things Catch On he wrote about awe: Awe is the sense of wonder and amazement that occurs when someone is inspired by great knowledge, beauty, sublimity, or might. It’s the experience of confronting something greater than yourself. Awe encompasses admiration and inspiration and can be evoked by everything from great works of art or music to religious transformations, from breathtaking natural landscapes to human feats of daring and discovery.

Sometimes the place that makes you feel gratitude is in your own backyard, share your special location.

THEME:  Gratitude: A Place that inspires Awe

PRIZES:

  • 1st Prize – $500usd cash and Travel Writing Road Map ($497usd value)
  • 2nd Prize – $350usd cash and Travel Writing Road Map Self Study
  • 3rd Prize – $150usd cash and Travel Writing Road Map  Self Study

Winners will be selected by our judges, Richard Bangs, Tiffany Hawk and the We Said Go Travel Team.  Cash prizes will be paid through PayPal in United States Dollars.  All winning entries will be promoted on We Said Go Travel.

DEADLINE: Enter by midnight PST on November 28, 2013 

JUDGING: Richard Bangs, Tiffany Hawk and the We Said Go Travel Team

Richard Bangs, the father of modern adventure travel, is a pioneer in travel that makes a difference, travel with a purpose. He has spent 30 years as an explorer and communicator, and along the way led first descents of 35 rivers around the globe, he is currently producing and hosting the new PBS series, Richard Bangs: Adventure Without End

Tiffany Hawk, is a former flight attendant and the author of Love Me Anyway, a darkly funny novel about life at 35,000 feet. She has an MFA in creative writing from UC Riverside and her work can be seen in such places as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, National Geographic Traveler, and NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Join Tiffany Hawk for the complete roadmap to exotic travel writing: Travel Writing Road Map.

Read the entries published so far in the contest: click here

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Summer 2013 Independence Travel Writing Contest 

Read the Independence Writing Contest Winning Posts: CLICK HERE

NOTE: The Summer 2013 contest is now closed.  Read all the incredible entries at Independence.

WeSaidGoTravel.com invites you to enter its Travel Writing Contest with $1,000usd in CASH prizes and no fee for entry. The theme for the Summer 2013 contest is “Independence: A Place Where You Feel Free.” We hope your article will inspire others to travel more and find freedom!  Enter from May 11, 2013 to July 4, 2013.

We are looking for an article about your act of freedom–a place you chose or that makes you feel free. In Michael Shapiro’s book, A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration (Travelers’ Tales), he interviewed travel writer, Frances Mayes, who said, “If you are lucky enough to spend some time in a foreign country, it will change you. Travel is part of that great sense of continuing education. You get to learn, you get to go there, you get to read the poetry, you get to learn the history. It is an act of freedom when you make your own choice of place according to what you need, want, love, crave.” Sometimes the place that makes you feel free is in your own backyard, share your special location.

THEME:  Independence: A Place that Makes You Feel Free

DEADLINE: Enter by midnight PST on July 4, 2013

JUDGING: Richard Bangs, Amy Friedman and the We Said Go Travel Team

Richard Bangs, the father of modern adventure travel, is a pioneer in travel that makes a difference, travel with a purpose. He has spent 30 years as an explorer and communicator, and along the way led first descents of 35 rivers around the globe, he is currently producing and hosting the new PBS series, Richard Bangs: Adventure Without End

Amy Friedman, an award-winning author, has published three memoirs, several children’s books and audiobooks, and thousands of essays, stories, and articles. She works as an editor and ghostwriter teaches memoir and personal essay in southern California. Amy’s recent books:  Desperado’s Wife: A Memoir, and her co-authored memoir with Anne Willan, One Souffle at a Time.

Thank you for your participation in creating a growing global community of engaged travelers and concerned citizens. Writers of all ages and from all countries are encouraged to enter and share stories from any part of our planet.

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Winter 2013 INSPIRATION Travel Writing Contest

NOTE: The Winter 2013 contest is now closed.  Read all the incredible Winter 2013 entries at Inspiration.

To read the Inspiration Writing Contest Winning Posts: CLICK HERE

WeSaidGoTravel.com invites you to enter its 2013 Travel Writing Contest with a $200 first-place prize and no fee for entry. The theme for the Winter 2013 contest is “Inspiration: A Place you Love.” We hope your article will encourage others to consider going to the place you love and travel more! Please see below for the full rules of our competition. Thank you for your participation in creating a growing global community of engaged travelers and concerned citizens. Writers of all ages and from all countries are encouraged to enter and share stories from any part of our planet.

We are looking for an article that “speaks to readers, transforms them and transports them either to a place they’d like to live or like to travel.”

Use “creative evocative writing that brings a destination to life” by combining “the tools of a novelist, the eyes of a journalist, and the general knowledge that comes from a never-ending education and a natural curiosity about the world around you—and its history.”

When you are “capturing the essence of a place and engaging the senses,” you share your passion for the place you are writing about and everyone will want to read your writing. (Quotes from TRAVEL WRITING 2.0: Earning Money from your Travels in the New Media Landscape
by Tim Leffel)

THEME:  Inspiration: A place you love

THREE CASH PRIZES: 1st prize – $200usd, 2nd prize – $100usd, 3rd prize: Vagabond’s Choice – $100usd
First and Second Prize will be selected by the We Said Go Travel Team. The Vagabonds’s Choice Award will be selected through voting on the We Said Go Travel Facebook Fan page. All award monies will be paid through Check or PayPal in United States Dollars. The contest begins January 2, 2013 and ends February 14, 2013. All winning entries will be promoted on We Said Go Travel social media channels and the author names recognized as winners of the first We Said Go Travel Writing contest.

Enter by midnight PST on February 14, 2013.

Voting for the Vagabond’s Choice Award will begin on our Facebook fan page after all eligible posts have been published on WeSaidGoTravel.com.

JUDGING: Richard Bangs and the We Said Go Travel Team
Richard Bangs, the father of modern adventure travel, is a pioneer in travel that makes a difference, travel with a purpose. He has spent 30 years as an explorer and communicator, and along the way led first descents of 35 rivers around the globe, he is currently producing and hosting the new PBS series, Adventures with Purpose.

RAFFLE: Incredible travel literature from Richard Bangs, Ken Budd, Greg Cummings, Laura Fraser, Lisa Napoli, Jennifer Steil will be raffled to all writers who enter. Books: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3! Check out all the incredible books!