It’s what you’ve all been waiting for: the day we find out which talented writers are the winners of the most recent WSGT Gratitude Travel Writing Contest! This is the last of WSGT’s contests as in their place, we are welcoming in the brand-new Independence Travel Writing Award. With $1000 in cash prizes to be won, this is an opportunity you won’t want to miss out on! Now, which writers have our judges chosen?
It’s been awhile. Not since we’ve spoken – I feel your presence every day – but since we last met on the road. My best adventures always involve you.
Our judges loved the idea of “a love letter” to gratitude.
Second Place: $200 USD
THE GREAT WALL: TOO FAR TO SHOUT by Gabriella Brand
“It takes stamina to climb,” said the Chinese tour guide, looking up into the eager faces of my ninth graders, American students from a private school in New England. We were about to hike part of the Great Wall of China on a brisk March morning…
Described as “everything a good travel story needs: a narrative arc with tension, conflict, and resolution.”
Third Place: $100
Dear random Facebook stranger,
You don’t know me except through the blog posts I link to my Facebook page. I don’t know you except for the comment you wrote regarding a recent post of mine. I wanted to thank you for that comment. It woke me up. It changed my outlook. It transformed everything, really.
Described as “revealing and transformative. True introspection put into words.”
PARIS, FRANCE IS CRYING by Rebecca Earley
KUALA LUMPUR’S SON by Kathryn Hodgson