Do you enter contests? I usually shrug and keep walking. Not my daughter-in-law. Internships, contests, you name it–she steps up and tosses her hat into the ring. She’s a “nothing ventured, nothing gained” kind of girl.
As I write this, Jessica is on a flight bound for Athens. See, she entered this film photography contest–film is the new big thing–and she won the grand prize. Ready for this? A five-day bridal photography workshop in Messinia, Greece, courtesy of Bohême Studios.
I know, right? Bring on the writers’ workshops in Greece! Show me where to enter! Spurred on by Jessica’s success, I went hunting around. Here are a few writing contests with travel prizes:
- Hard Times Writing Contest. Write about a difficult experience in your life, how you overcame this obstacle, and how you were changed by it.
1st Place Prize: Choice of a 2 night stay at the Mountain Muse B&B (location: Asheville, NC), 3 free workshops, or 50 pages line-edited and revised by The Writers’ Workshop editorial staff. (Entry fee: $25)
- Iceland Writers Retreat. Write a short story, essay or poem, no more than 500 words, on the theme “Iceland — A Land of Storytelling.”
1st Place Prize: The full retreat package, including a free hotel stay (location: Reykjavík, Iceland), tours, most meals, and all workshops for the duration of the event. (No entry fee)
- San Miguel Writers Conference. Submit poetry, creative nonfiction, or fiction.
3 Grand Prizes: Full Conference Registration, free lodging (workshop location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico), and an agent pitch session. (Entry fee: $30)
This workshop in Greece is an exciting boost to Jessica’s bridal photography business. She’ll be studying technique, networking with other photographers, and adding stunning photos to her professional portfolio. Airfare and transportation to the workshop location are not included, but are tax deductible.
Hey, I’m in business! I could use a tax deduction! So perhaps I’ll consider following Jessica’s example and enter one of those contests. Want to join me?
Meanwhile, my Ben is alone in their apartment with the cats. Greece is a long way from home, and I think he’s beginning to feel it.
UPDATE: Here are the first photos, via Instagram and Facebook. Captions are Jessica’s comments.
Workshop photo montage is from the Bohême Studios website.