Tell us about your responsible travel holiday and you could win a trip to Kauai, a new website, a daypack, or the best packing book around.

Many of our readers are searching for new travel ideas, locations and tours. Responsible Travel is one of the fastest growing types of travel and one of the most popular.

Do you know of an ecotour, agrotour or voluntourism trip in the U.S., Mexico or Canada? We are looking for submissions written by authors who have firsthand knowledge of one of these amazing experiences.Need some ideas? Did you know wineries and brewery tours can fall into agrotourism? Check with your local Visitors Bureau and ask what companies offer volunteer travel. Many outdoor tours such as kayaking, rafting and hiking offer eco friendly tours.

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Articles should appeal to those who enjoy U.S., Mexico and Canada travel and are willing to get a bit adventurous. Whether you want to visit an active stay farm, backpack in a remote location to explore a protected watershed and learn about the flora and fauna along the way, or want to combine your vacation with volunteering in any organized capacity 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 experience it themselves.

We Want: Writers to share in detail how to spend a perfect day, evening, weekend or week focusing on one of the following themes; EcoTourism, AgroTourism, Sustainable Tourism or Voluntourism. 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 story unique and worth it for our readers to also want to have this experience.

We Don’t Want: Travelogues or diaries or entries for locations outside of the United States, Mexico or Canada. An entry fee. Yep, no entry fee.



 

How to Enter

• Submit an original article up to 1,000 words. All articles
should be geared on how to spend a full day, weekend or week focusing
on our 2009 themes of EcoTourism, AgroTourism, Sustainable Tourism or
Voluntourism.
• Supporting photos in .jpg format (at 72 dpi and at
least 510 pixels wide) are strongly encouraged to enhance and represent
the experience.
• Include 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
travelwritingcontest@52perfectdays.com. We will do our best to confirm receipt of your submission. If you have not heard back within 10 days please resubmit.

 

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.

Contest Prizes
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 as well as Mexico and Canada 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 these countries and where prohibited by law.

Dates & Other Important Stuff

The Contest begins April 1, 2009, and all entries must be received by October 31, 2009. 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 and experience
Ability to engage the reader
Overall quality of writing

Winners will be chosen on or about November 30, 2009 and will be notified by phone, mail, or e-mail by around December 31, 2009 for publication on or about January 31, 2010.

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.