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Off the Beaten Track Writing Competition

Off the Beaten Track Writing Competition

Our new, exciting Writing Competition is Free To Enter and offers a prize of £100 to the author of the best entry, as judged by the Editorial Staff of

The winning entry will be the one that is judged to most effectively persuade readers of the Senior Travel Expert website that the place you describe is somewhere they would very much like to visit.


We are seeking aspiring or established travel writers to send us interesting, original writing relating to the competition theme: Off the Beaten Track.

Your article may be about a fascinating, relatively unknown place near to where you live or that you came across by chance when travelling around, or it may be a totally fictional place. It’s entirely up to you.



  • The winning entry will receive a cash prize of £100
  • Ten Highly Commended Runners-up will each receive a voucher worth £10, allowing them to take out a free subscription to, providing access to details of hundreds of publishersliterary agentswriting competitions and magazines!
  • The winning entry and runner-up entries will be published on this website.


September 30th, 2016


  • Although this website is aimed at seniors (meaning anyone 55 years old or above), you most certainly don’t need to be a senior yourself to submit an entry – far from it! Anyone 16 years old and above is invited to submit an entry.
  • Entries should be no more than 750 words in length, but could be much less, and should be written in English. Entries can be factual or fictional.
  • Please read the full Terms and Conditions before entering. The closing date for entries is midnight UK time on Friday, September 30th, 2016.
  • If you’d like to get some ideas for your article, take a little journey around our site to read some of the articles which fit the competition theme.
  • For example, see the articles about: Central Portugal, Nantwich in England, Mohács in Hungary, Mount Gambier in Australia and the fictional Castlecroft.
  • When you are ready to submit your entry, please fill in the form, typing or pasting your entry into the My entry box.
  • Confirmation of receipt of your entry will be sent to your email address.
  • The Senior Travel Expert Off the Beaten Track Writing Competition is open to residents of any country who are aged 16 years or over, except members of the staff of, their families, agents or anyone else associated with this competition.
    All information detailing how to enter forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the entrant agrees to abide by these rules. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.
    Entries must be submitted through the form on the website.
    All entries must be received by midnight UK time on the published closing date of the September 30th, 2016. Late entries will be deleted.
  • To participate in this competition, entrants must submit a travel article of no more than 750 words relating to the theme Travel and Water. It can be factual or fictional. Entries must be the work of the submitting individual and must not have been published elsewhere (online or in print) or have won a prize in any other competition. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that no element of their entry infringes the copyright of any third party or any laws.
  • The winning entry will be the one that is judged to most effectively persuade readers of the Senior Travel Expert website that the place you describe is somewhere they would very much like to visit.
  • The judging panel will be comprised of members of the Editorial Staff of The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence shall be entered into.
  • Copyright in all submissions to the competition remains with the respective entrants
  • However, in order to allow publication of the winning and runner-up entries, each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to for their entry to be published on the website if it is judged a winner or runner-up. All published articles will contain a credit to the author.
  • No entries will be published in part or in full on the or website prior to the closing date of the competition.
  • Incomplete or incomprehensible entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of sending will not be accepted as proof of receipt.
    Entries must not be sent through agencies or third parties.
  • The winning entry will be published on within 56 days of the closing date of the competition.
  • The winning entry will receive a prize of a £100 in British Pounds Sterling. Payments may be made by bank transfer to a UK bank account or by PayPal (any fees will be subtracted from the prize money).
    The judging panel reserves the right to declare more than one entry as a winner (up to a maximum of three), in which case the £100 prize will be split between the winners.
    Ten highly commended runners-up will each receive a voucher worth £10, allowing them to take out a free subscription to


Please send your inquiries using the contact form on the essay contest page.


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