Sorry I didn’t get the chance to speak to you this evening, but I hope your mother passed on the message that you have reached the final of the Bradt/Independent on Sunday travel-writing competition.
We all liked your entry – an interesting and atmospheric piece of writing. The six finalists now go forward to Matthew Parris to select the final winner, so who knows who that will be. But you should be very proud of yourself – there were a lot of good entries this year.
I’m attaching the invitation to the Awards Evening on July 20 and look forward to seeing you there. Meanwhile crack open the champagne!
When I opened this email, in deepest Devon last weekend, you could’ve knocked me down with a feather. As an aficionado of travel comps (my hit rate is less than 50%) I have come to realise that this is probably the cream of the crop. To be one of the six finalists has come as a huge surprise and gives me tremendous encouragement to carry on learning and improving. These top entries are now available to read on the Bradt website, so if you have a few spare minutes please have a read, of mine (Searching For Mermaids) and the others (all excellent) — they’re less than 800 words each.
Any feedback would be gratefully received.
With the promise of ‘wine and light bites’ you can guarantee J and I are looking forward to the awards shindig. We’ll report back.