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The International Writers Magazine:

Heritage magazine launches a new historic travel writing competition

Have you enjoyed an unforgettable historic holiday in Britain that you’re itching to share? Do you want to tell the world about an amazing heritage site that you have found? Have you always wanted to try your hand at writing a feature for a travel magazine? Then here’s your chance!


Heritage magazine, a leading historic travel magazine about Britain, has launched a new competition to find the world’s best amateur writers and give them the opportunity to tell stories of their travels around Britain in return for a chance to win a dream holiday and see their story in print.

Perhaps you have taken a stroll around a magnificent castle in the Scottish Highlands, enjoyed an unforgettable ride on a steam train in Snowdonia or think you have found England’s most spectacular stately home and gardens? The inspiration for your tale could be anything from a day trip to a historic city or village to a weekend spent exploring your favourite stretch of coast or countryside. Perhaps you want to share your wonder at finding an incredible stone circle or Roman ruin, battlefield or battleship? Just remember, the more entertaining you make your story the more chance you have of winning.

The author of the best story will win a fantastic seven night cruise around the western isles of Scotland courtesy of Hebridean Cruises.

If you fancy giving it a go, the rules of entry are simple: stories can be a maximum of 500 words and must be first hand accounts of your experience. Anyone can enter, but the story you supply must not have been published anywhere else. All entries will then be judged by the Heritage magazine editorial team. The winner and four runners up will then be printed in the June 2010 issue and other selected stories will be published on the magazine website.

How to enter

It is free to enter this competition. For details of the rules or to submit your story, go to and follow the ‘reader writing competition’ link. Alternatively you can send your work to us by post to Reader Writing Competition, Heritage/Realm magazine, Archant House, Oriel Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1BB. The closing date for all entries is Friday 26th February 2010.

The prizes

1st prize: A luxurious seven night cruise for two people courtesy of Hebridean Island Cruises, staying in a G-Grade double or twin Castle cabin onboard the Hebridean Princess in 2010 scotcruise
Arran 2nd prize: A two night stay for two adults and two children at the Auchrannie Spa Resort on the Isle of Arran, Scotland, including a bottle of sparkling wine on arrival, use of all leisure facilities, a complimentary express beauty treatment and a full Scottish breakfast
3rd prize: An overnight stay for two in a four poster room at Bibury Court Hotel, a stunning Jacobean mansion in the heart of the Cotswolds, with complimentary afternoon tea, dinner in the newly refurbished restaurant and a full English breakfast Bibury
Royal Arts 4th prize: Two tickets to a forthcoming exhibition of your choice at the Royal Academy of Arts

5th prize: A Thorntons Chocolates Chocoholic gift set, containing an assortment of goodies for any chocolate lover

Rules: Closing date for entries Friday 26th February 2010. All prizes are subject to availability and must be taken before the end of 2010. Travel expenses, supplements, upgrades, travel insurance and other incidentals are not included. Only one entry is allowed per person. This competition is not open to employees (and relatives) of Archant, Hebridean Cruises, Auchrannie Spa Resort, Bibury Court Hotel, the Royal Academy of Arts, Thorntons and associated companies. The winner will be chosen at random from all the correct entries received. No cash alternative will be offered and the prize is non-transferable. Entrants must be 18 or over. No bulk or third entries accepted. Entries will not be acknowledged or returned. No purchase is necessary. Archant cannot be held responsible for the manner in which prizes are provided. Any extra spending beyond the prize described is the responsibility of the winners. The winner must be willing to take part in post-event publicity if necessary. The winners’ names and stories may be published at a future date. Entries that are illegible or not in accordance with the rules will be disqualified. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Winners will be notified within 21 days of the closing date. The prize may not be assigned to any other person and no alternative prize is available. In the event of the advertised prize being unavailable for whatever reason, the promoter is not responsible and is not required to offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value.

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