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Chance Encounters Travel Writing Competition 2020

Chance Encounters Travel Writing Competition 2020

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Applications call for “Chance Encounters” Travel Writing Competition 2020

This is a travel writing competition. Participants have to write a true travel story about an interesting conversation, quirky character or unexpected encounter that occurred during their travels. This could be a local with whom you shared a significant, cross-cultural moment. It could be a fellow traveler who they got to know and exchanged stories with or it could be a stranger in a strange land who you merely observed and remembered.


The story has to be true but writers can change the name if they want to preserve the person’s privacy. The idea is to explore the chance encounters and profound meetings that happen, often at random and usually when they least expect them, when traveler surrender themselves to the road and open up to the joys of travel. Remember these are travel stories, so be sure to set the scene and include the destinations and what it was like.


The IntrepidTimes offers a monetary prize to the winner. The author of the winning entry will receive a payment at a special rate of $100USD and be published on IntrepidTimes.com. In addition to that, up to three finalists will also be chosen and have their work published on Intrepid Times and be paid standard writer’s fee. Moreover, the winner and any finalists will be announced and published in May 2020, with payment to winning/finalist writers made via PayPal on the day of the article’s publication.


  • Write a non-fiction travel story on the theme of chance encounters
  • Stories should be between 1000 and 1500 words
  • Stories need to be in English and submitted as a Word Doc attachment
  • The work should be unique and original and not published anywhere else — by submitting the work applicant confirm that s/he owns the copyright and give us permission to publish on IntrepidTimes.com should they win or qualify as a finalist
  • No need to send photos now; however, if the story is selected as the winner or a finalist, candidates will need to provide at least one photo to accompany the story when published
  • The winner will be paid $100USD and be published on Intrepid Times
  • Up to three finalists will also be chosen to have their work published on Intrepid Times; and be paid the standard writer’s fee
    Payment for winners/runners-up will be sent by PayPal on the day of the article’s publication
  • Winners will be announced, paid and published in May 2020


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline15 April,2020
Open toAll
OrganizerIntrepid Times



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