52PerfectDays.com invites you to enter our 2008 Travel Writing Contest [img_assist|nid=396|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=99]with a first-place prize of $150 U.S. dollars.
**This competition is now closed**
2008 Theme: "Undiscovered America"
Whether you are a freelancer, professional writer or just looking for an excuse to finally write about your travels, you are invited to submit a travel article to the 1st Annual 52 Perfect Days Travel Writing Contest. And by the way– there is no entry fee.
Many of our readers are travelers looking for travel ideas which take them to areas outside of the tourist hubs and into the most interesting and less discovered parts of the United States. Do you know of an off-the-beaten-track area in the U.S.? We are looking for submissions written by authors who have firsthand knowledge of an undiscovered section of city, or a relatively unheard of town or experience.
Articles should appeal to those who enjoy U.S. travel and willing to get a bit adventurous. Whether you want to explore the ethnic foods in a certain section of town, backpacking in a remote location or know of a coastal town yet to be truly discovered we want to hear your story! Please offer engaging, descriptive pieces that really share the experience and not just a laundry list of things to do and where to go. We want the readers to be so excited reading your piece they can’t wait to visit themselves.
We Want: Writers to share in detail how to spend a perfect day or evening in the particular location of choice. Please provide a well-crafted, proofed and spell checked submission that offers a thought out experience. One question the articles should address is what makes your location unique or why it is off the main travel radar and why is it worth a visit?
We Don’t Want: Travelogues or diaries or entries for locations outside of the United States. An entry fee. Yep, no entry fee.
Please include a 1-5 sentence bio with references to your websites, blogs, books and contact information. 52PerfectDays.com will publish the top three winners’ entries as well as those selected as runner-ups.
The first-place winner’s entry will receive $150 (USD), the second-place winning entry $75, and the third-place winner $25. All other articles selected as runner-ups will be published on the site.
Who is Eligible: The Contest is open to freelance, professional, and aspiring travel writers who are legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia and who are 18 years or older at the time of entry. Due to certain state law restrictions, residents of Arizona and Vermont may enter the Competition and compete for recognition but are not eligible to win cash prizes. The Competition is void outside the U.S. and where prohibited by law.
How to Enter
• Submit an original article from 750 to 1,500 words. Supporting photos in .jpg format (at 72 dpi and at least 510 pixels wide) are encouraged to enhance and represent the experience. Please also supply a sidebar of all mentioned locations with web address, phone number and address.
•All entries must be your original work, in English, unpublished, and not submitted or accepted elsewhere at the time of submission.
• All submissions must be emailed and attached in Word format or pasted into the body of an e-mail. Please include your full name, complete mailing address and phone number. Please type "Travel Writing Article Entry" in the subject line of the e-mail and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Contest begins July 1, 2008, and all entries must be received by October 31, 2008. 52 Perfect Days will require first-time North American rights for all submissions which are accepted as contest winners and for publication. In addition, 52 Perfect Days will reserve the right to reprint the story in a future publication. The writer may republish the unedited submission as desired after initial publication on 52Perfectdays.com.
• The Editing staff of 52Perfectdays.com will judge entries based upon the following criteria:
Ability to capture the sense of the location
Ability to engage the reader
Overall quality of writing
Winners will be chosen on or about November 30, 2008 and will be notified by phone, mail, or e-mail by December 31, 2008 for publication on January 31, 2009.
Conditions of Participation. By participating, each entrant (i) agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of any sponsors and the Competition judges; (ii) releases and holds harmless Sponsor and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, divisions, and advertising, production and promotion agencies, and their respective employees, officers, directors and agents, from and against any and all liability whatsoever for any claims, costs, liabilities, injuries, losses or damages of any kind, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees and expenses, arising directly or indirectly out of or in connection with the Competition, the acceptance, possession or use of any prize, or any claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy, or the violation of any intellectual property rights. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify persons found tampering with or otherwise abusing any aspect of this Competition as solely determined by Sponsor. In the event the Competition is compromised by a virus, non-authorized human intervention, tampering or other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor which corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper operation of the Competition, Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Competition. Should the Competition be terminated prior to the stated expiration date, judges reserve the right in its sole discretion to either declare winners and award prizes based on the entries received before the termination date, or declare no winners and award no prizes in the Competition. All federal, state, local and municipal laws and regulations apply.
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Alexa Meisler is the editorial director of 52 Perfect Days. Born in Paris, France she has since lived in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon. She currently resides in San Diego with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring California and Mexico.
Travel has always been a part of her life; traveling to such places as Morocco, Tangiers and Spain as a young child as well as taking many road trips to Mexico with her grandparents as a young girl. Since then, she has traveled abroad to locations such as Russia, Taiwan and throughout Europe.
Prior to working at 52 Perfect Days she was a freelance travel writer; focusing on family and women’s adventure experiences.