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“Adventures in Hostelling” Writing Contest

June 23, 2008

Hostelling International just announced the following contest. Visit norcalhostels.org for more information.

Entry deadline: July 15, 2008
In honor of our 50th anniversary, the Golden Gate Council of Hostelling International USA is seeking short, personal stories (150-250 words) about how the experience of staying at a hostel has broadened your horizons, changed your perspective, or otherwise enriched your life.

We are seeking real-life anecdotes about a specific experience that either took place at a hostel or was made possible through a hostel stay. Did you meet someone at a hostel who changed the course of your life? Did you end up embarking on an adventure you never imagined? Did you make a life decision as a result of a hostel stay? Did something funny, unexpected, or simply memorable happen to you while hostelling?

In short, we’re looking for stories that help to demonstrate the breadth of experiences made possible by hostelling, or that illustrate the Council’s mission to help travelers “gain a greater understanding of the world and its people through hostelling.”

All winning stories will be printed and distributed by the Council in a 50th anniversary commemorative publication. In addition, a number of prize packages will be awarded as follows:

  • One Grand Prize winner will receive one round-trip ticket voucher for international travel on American Airlines, valid through March 5, 2009.
  • Three Jury Prize winners will each receive a Flip Video camera.
  • Honorable Mention winners will each receive a one-year Hostelling International membership.

Entries must be 150-250 words. One entry per person. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter.

Winners will be chosen by a jury including professional travel writers, other travel industry professionals, and HI-USA Golden Gate Council staff and alumni.

Entries will be judged on:

  • Entertainment value
  • Literary/narrative quality
  • Relevance to the mission of HI-USA Golden Gate Council

How to Enter

Entries must be received no later than July 15, 2008. Click here to enter online!

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