Travel Diary Short-Story Contest

Last month we rounded up some of our favorite YA books set in exotic locations. This month, we’re challenging you to write your own story set in a foreign land. Just imagine:

  • A first kiss beneath the Eiffel Tower.
  • Riding a rickshaw through the streets of Bangkok.
  • Spotting a lion pride while on safari in Botswana.

The world is your oyster — now you just need to write about it!


In 250 words or fewer write a fictional travelogue entry about a trip to a foreign country. Tag your entry TravelContest. You have until Monday, August 26 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter a story.


Figment editors will be reading all entries. Five winners will be chosen to have their stories featured on the Figment homepage.

How to enter

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 250 words or less.
4. Tag your writing TravelContest on the Details tab.
5. Enter your response by the deadline listed in the prompt.
6. Press “Publish Now.”
7. You should receive a pop-up confirmation of your entry, and in about two hours or so, your piece should appear among the submissions.

Image via CIA – The World Factbook — Reference Maps

Please note: The comment box below is only for questions about how to enter this contest or other logistical issues. For comments, thoughts, suggestions, complaints about the contest system, please visit our Contest Input forum. To find someone to read your story, try the Contest Promotion forum.

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41 thoughts on “Travel Diary Short-Story Contest

  1. Just submitted a story, “Diwali Night,” properly tagged, but didn’t receive a pop-up confirmation. It’s my first time submitting, so I just wanted to make certain I was doing everything right. Thank you.

    • The prize is being featured on the homepage XD (aka bragging rights and people looking at your work :P) it’s like that for a lot of the really short piece contests.

      • i agree…because like the last one, the The day of Summer Contest, the winners only had like 1 or 2 hearts (lol) but after they made the front cover, they got like a dozen of them…It’s also a great honor to be on the front cover as well.

        And don’t expect the judges to give you “Free hearts” and “reviews” unlike Group contest… LOL

        Wish you best of luck and be happy!

  2. I’ve posted my 249 word travel diary. “Words on the wall,” Feel free to drop by and do a quick, and cute one minute read in Verona, Italy.

  3. I’ve been to over 25 countries in the world, and therefore have tons of experience to draw upon.

    Can I use a real life experience(non-fiction) and use it in the contest? Or do I have to make something up?

    Totally unrelated question: Is this a heart-based contest? Because I don’t enter those.

  4. Hi! This is my second time submitting for any contest and I didn’t receive pop up confirmations either times. And yes, I have tagged it travelcontest. Thank you!

    • Hey! This contest doesn’t close until Monday. After that Figment editors need time to judge. Winners will probably be announced the first week of September. Thanks for your patience!

  5. Hi! Um, I don’t really know how to say this but I got an idea and I wrote a short story for this contest but it is in french. You see, my mother tongue is french and I wondered if I could still participate in the contest with my french story… In the FAQs it said that we can post stories in any language with the roman alphabet and I wondered if it was true for contests also?

    Charlotte de Capio

  6. I have posted an entry in the contest, but I got no entry confirmation and I can’t find my piece listed. I tagged it with “travelcontest”. I know others have asked about this, but I’m worried that I’m not in the contest after spending a lot of time on my piece. My piece is called “The land of snow and ice”.
    A Gold

  7. On the contest page that displays all of the contests, there’s a typo on the description for this prompt. It says – now all you have to do is write about. There should be an it after the word about.

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