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Are international submissions accepted?
Yes, as long as they are submitted by women.
Can I see last year’s winners?
Click here to see past winners.
Can I submit a piece that has been previously published elsewhere?
Yes, just please indicate where and when it was published when you submit it through the submission form.
Does prior publication of a story have any impact on how it is judged?
Where do I submit my story?
Use our form through Google Docs to submit your story. ONLY stories received through this form will be accepted.
Does the story have to have been written this year?
No, it could have been written at any time.
Can I submit more than one story?
Yes you can!
What format would you like the story in?
Please only submit via our Google Docs entry form, as described above.
Can I send a hard copy?
No, sorry — electronic submissions only, please.
Is it okay if it’s a story I’ve written about another woman’s travel experience?
Yes, that’s fine, as long as it is written by a woman.
Is there a word count limit?
There’s no limit, per se, but general guidelines call for between 800 – 2,500 words in length.
Is there an entry fee?
No, there’s no entry fee, but you do have to accept the terms and conditions on the entry form.
When is the deadline?
All contest entries must be received prior to December 31, 2013 at 23:59 PST.
I am from India. Can I write about India travel?
Absolutely! You can write about traveling anywhere in the world.
Is it okay to submit more than one story under the same category?
Sure! Just be sure that each story has only one category.
I plan to submit a few of my favorite pieces. Do I need to fill out the form agreeing to the terms and conditions more than once?
The way the form is set up, you will need to check off all the appropriate boxes in order for your submission to be accepted so, yes, you’ll need to agree each time. But it just takes a moment. Promise.
If I win but can’t go on the Grand Prize trip, is it transferable?
As much as we’d love to support your generous desire to pass on the prize if you win, unfortunately it is non-transferable.
Can I submit either a fiction or non-fiction piece?
It must be a non-fiction travel story. Please see the submission guidelines page to view all the story requirements.
What happens to the story I submit if I’m not one of the winners? Do I retain rights?
Under the contest’s Terms & Conditions, it states: Authors retain all rights to their written work and all qualified entries are subject to publication on the Wanderlust and Lipstick site. What that means is that we do have the option of publishing our favorite entries, regardless of whether the story won a prize. Stories chosen for the website include a short author bio with a link to the author’s preferred website.
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