27 Jun WSGT 2015 Gratitude Writing Contest Winners

San DiegoIt’s what you’ve all been waiting for: the day we find out which talented writers are the winners of the most recent WSGT Gratitude Travel Writing Contest! This is the last of WSGT’s contests as in their place, we are welcoming in the brand-new Independence Travel Writing Award. With $1000 in cash prizes to be won, this is an opportunity you won’t want to miss out on! Now, which writers have our judges chosen?

Thank you to everyone who participated and shared their story of gratitude.

 

First Place: $500USD

 GRATITUDE FROM ON HIGH: A BIRDSEYE VIEW IN CANADA by Brandon Fralic

Dear Gratitude,
It’s been awhile. Not since we’ve spoken – I feel your presence every day – but since we last met on the road. My best adventures always involve you.

Our judges loved the idea of “a love letter” to gratitude.

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Second Place: $200 USD

THE GREAT WALL: TOO FAR TO SHOUT by Gabriella Brand

“It takes stamina to climb,” said the Chinese tour guide, looking up into the eager faces of my ninth graders, American students from a private school in New England. We were about to hike part of the Great Wall of China on a brisk March morning…

Described as “everything a good travel story needs: a narrative arc with tension, conflict, and resolution.”

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Third Place: $100

Dear random Facebook stranger,
You don’t know me except through the blog posts I link to my Facebook page. I don’t know you except for the comment you wrote regarding a recent post of mine. I wanted to thank you for that comment. It woke me up. It changed my outlook. It transformed everything, really.

Described as “revealing and transformative. True introspection put into words.”

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Honorable Mentions: 

PARIS, FRANCE IS CRYING by Rebecca Earley

KUALA LUMPUR’S SON by Kathryn Hodgson

Finalists:

Tell your story in our new Independence Travel Writing Award and you could be our next winner! Stay up-to-date with WSGT through our blog, Facebook,Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and youtube channel!

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Caitlyn O'Brien

Caitlyn is a 26-year-old Canadian with a passion for travel, futbol, and more recently kayaking in her new Patagonian home: Futaleufú. She teaches English at a local school and loves turning her daily experiences into stories.

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