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February 07, 2010

Got A Story to Tell? Here's a writing Contest

It doesn't take long, in a foreign country, for a traveler to encounter (or create) ridiculous, impossible and even life changing events.
Don't forget them - share them!

Yes, share these experiences with friends and family, but don't forget to share your experiences with the world...

...and maybe even win some money.

TransitionsAbroad.com invites you to enter its 2010 Expatriate Travel Writing Contest.

Professionals, freelancers and aspiring writers are invited to write articles which describe their experience living abroad. Photos are welcome with your entry. Some starting points might be, what were the most important physical, psychological, and social adjustments necessary to integrate into the local communities? What worked? What didn't? What were your most memorable cultural collisions and social disasters?

Your entry can be up to 1,500 words relating to your experience living, moving, or working abroad. Focus should be placed on a description of the experience abroad and not primarily on personal feelings. Take the reader into your experience - make it vivid and memorable.

From their website -

"Making the move to live abroad is for many the ultimate transition — often the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, in other cases the result of chance and circumstance. We are seeking inspiring articles which also provide in-depth practical descriptions of your experience moving and living abroad, including discussions of immigration, personal and family life abroad, housing, work, social interactions with the natives, food, culture, study, language learning, and potential prejudices encountered."

For sample essays and previous winners, click here http://www.transitionsabroad.com/information/writers/expatriate_writing_contest.shtml.

Keep in mind these core principles;

* Sensitivity to the people and culture being described
* Ability to engage and inspire the reader
* Practical information which others can use

There's no fee, but the entry deadline is February 15, 2010.

So send your story to expatriatewritingcontest@transitionsabroad.com. .

If this deadline is a little too short, they are always accepting stories and photographs for their print magazine or website. You can see their guidelines herehttp://www.transitionsabroad.com/information/writers/index.shtml

It is good to remember that we are all always learning. And it is always more fun to learn together.

Let me know what it is about English that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.


About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf prefers international and independent films, foods he can't pronounce, music no one else has heard of and riding his bicycle in foreign cities.

Posted by mmorf at February 7, 2010 11:34 PM

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