The Fourth Annual Equivocality Writer’s Travel Scholarship
Once again, we’re doing the Writer’s Travel Scholarship. Once again it’s very simple: you write something, and if it wins you get a round-trip ticket to anywhere in the world. Really.
In the contest announcements for previous years, I penned elaborate discussions about why I would do such a thing. Why it might matter. This year, I don’t feel the need to explain why I think writers need to travel, and hence why I would want to support that. If you don’t already know, that’s an even better reason to go abroad. Instead I’ll just say:
I think travel is good. I think writing is good. I think it is important that writers travel.
As before, I would like to make it clear that I am not specifically calling for travel writing. Write about your pet dog, if you can do it in an interesting an enlightening way. This contest is not about travel writing but writers travelling.
On to the details:
* Applicants must submit a short piece, 10,000 words maximum. Fiction, non-fiction, whatever, poetry or prose, on any topic.
* Also tell me a little about yourself, where you would go with your free ticket, for how long, and why. You can’t ever have been to that country before — I impose this restriction to encourage people to go somewhere new, rather than using the ticket to visit their overseas girlfriend. Also, you don’t have to write about your destination. I just want to know why you want to go there.
* Email entries as an attached document in text or Word format to wts (at) equivocality (dot) net by April 30th 2008. They will be judged by myself and my writer friends, the winner to be announced on May 15th 2008.
* To keep things fair, I will not consider pieces I know to be written by friends or acquaintances. What this means is that if you know me, you must anonymize your submission (including your email address!)
* Entries must be previously unpublished, there is a limit of one entry per author, and the ticket is limited to $2000 US. I will work with you to book the cheapest available round-trip ticket, based on departure and return dates given to me by the winner. I will try to accomodate these dates and other preferences as much as possible, but I reserve the right to shift each date plus or minus up to a week, and to make other choices such as routing and airline, in order to find the best fare. Other travel requirements, such as additional destinations or an open return date, may be accommodated if the winner wishes to make up the difference in cost.
* By submitting a piece, you grant me (Jonathan Stray) limited web-publishing rights, specifically the right to display it on equivocality.net and any other sites of I may have some degree of editorial control over. I reserve no other rights. If someone sees your work here and wants to publish it, fantastic.
* All decisions are final, and by submitting a piece you agree that I am under no obligation to award any prize at all. The idea is also to fund a developing writer who might not otherwise be able to afford to travel, so please keep this in mind when considering whether to apply. I have no funding, no committees, no mandate. I’m doing this just because I think it’s a good idea, so let’s keep it simple.