Competition: Your chance to be a travel writer

Fancy yourself as a travel writer? Think one of your kids might be the next Bill Bryson? Been on a wonderful family holiday you’d like to share with like-minded parents and kids?

Monday, 22nd August 2011, 12:13 pm

In celebration of its seventh birthday, leading family-travel website is launching a travel-writing competition for adults and children, with three categories: Parents; Teens; and Under-13s. is renowned for its independent editorial content, authored by an in-house team and around 40 freelance travel writers based around the world.

From camper-vanning with grandchildren in Skegness to snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, from taking kids to muddy festivals to whitewater-rafting in Indonesia, our writers scour the globe with their families to bring you the experiences of which family holiday memories are made.

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Competition details are on Takethefamily’s page on Facebook, including how to submit your piece. Submissions should be 250–500 words long for the Under-13s category and 500–1000 words long for Teens and Parents, and can be about any form of family travel anywhere in the world.

All winners and the two runners-up in each category will be published on the website, with the opportunity to submit work on a longer-term basis. In addition, the winners will receive the following fabulous prizes:

Parent Category: a place on one of prize-winning journalist Dea Birkett’s intensive Travel Writing Workshops, with the chance to pitch to the editor of a national travel publication.

Teen Category: A 2-hour private city tour by award-winning Context Travel (, who run customizable walks around the world, some with a family bias, including a London walk focusing on English fashion ‘from Tudor Splendour to Westwood Punk’, a pizza-making workshop and walking seminar in Naples, a tour of Underground Rome, a City of Chocolate tour of Barcelona, a New York Architecture walking tour, and a Plague in Venice tour.

Kids’ Category: A free weekend stay for a family at a youth hostel of choice in England or Wales, plus a year’s family Youth Hostel Association membership.

In addition, one runner-up in each category will receive a year’s family membership to the Youth Hostel Association ( Among the YHA’s most family-friendly properties are Hartington, a 17th-century Derbyshire mansion with an adventure playground and pets’ area, the eco-friendly National Forest, also in Derbyshire and handy for the family attractions of Conkers, Alton Towers, Drayton Manor, Tamworth Snowdome and WaterWorld, and Conwy, with four-bed en-suite rooms close to the beach and Conwy Castle.

The closing date is midnight on Friday, September 16 and the winners will be announced in mid October.