Travel Writing Contest  June 17, 2013 - July 4, 2013

Reading and Deliberating


Free Entry, Cash Prizes, Professional Judges, all entries published on PR5, PA50 site.

FREE ENTRY, $1,000USD IN CASH PRIZES 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 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

1st Prize – $500usd
2nd Prize – $350usd
3rd Prize – $150usd

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 1-5 photos. Your article must be an original and previously unpublished piece. All posts, which meet the requirements, will appear on

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 souhern California. Amy’s most recent book is Desperado’s Wife: A Memoir, and her co-authored memoir with Anne Willan, One Souffle at a Time, will be released in August.

Email us at Independence@WeSaidGoTravel prior to July 4, 2013 with your Name, Email Address, Country you are from, Country your article is about, Article Title and how you found out about this contest. Do NOT send the article.
You will receive an email with instructions on how to upload your entry on our word press site. We will send you an email with the date your post will be live and a link.
For your entry, remember to include at least one and up to five photos BUT only use photos that you have taken or have explicit permission to use.
When you post your article, please include a short bio (1-3 sentences) with links to you— your personal website or social media site like your Facebook page.

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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Lisa Niver Rajna
Lisa Niver Rajna
Los Angeles, CA


2 Contestants
3 Submission
Created Jun 17, 2013

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  • Any Member can Submit
  • Only Stories can be Submitted
  • Only these Genres Can be Submitted:
    • Adventure
    • Essays
    • Travel
  • Each Contestant May Submit 5 Pieces of Writing
  • Writing may be submitted 6/17/2013 - 7/4/2013
  • Winners will be decided by the Moderator


Lisa Niver Rajna is solely responsible for the content of this contest, including all promised prizes. Take any promises of large monetary awards with a grain of salt. Contact Lisa Niver Rajna if you have any further questions.