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A couple days ago, I posted about how I might go to Southeast Asia to write for a travel guide as the winner of a writing competition…

Second Place

Snake Blood by Candice Hall

Judges Comments: This entry really stands out due to the narrator’s great descriptive ability and strong eye for detail. It draws you into the sights and smells of the street market and manages to be shocking and unusual while not overly indulgent or grotesque. The judges particularly liked its depiction of a genuine travel experience seen very much through the prism of tourist’s eyes, which is both surprising and satisfying.


So I’m not going to Singapore, Malaysia, nor Indonesia, which I’m a little more bummed out about than I anticipated.  (After I got a call I was in the the top 3, I spent a lot of time fervently researching international phone plans and luggage.  And reading about volcano hiking and surf lessons.)  I also honestly thought my piece was the most intriguing of the entries, but I also have zero “real” traveling experience or pictures.  That’s probably where the winner had an edge.

C’est la vie.  It’s still an ego boost for the wanna-be freelance writer.  I have a few half-written pitches for in a word document somewhere.  I might just go right now and finish them.

Categories: Autobiographical Stories Tags: freelance writing, Malaysia, Southeast asia, travel, travel scholarship, travel writing, World Nomads

Hi Candice,

I would just like to inform you that your entry for the World Nomads & Rough Guides Travel Writing Scholarship to Southeast Asia has been shortlisted. Congratulations!

Check out the shortlist and stay tuned for our announcement of the winner on May 17th.

Kind Regards,



Hi Alicia,

That is great, exciting news!

I do have a question about my title on the shortlist, which is listed as “Insight in Incense” by imperfectrhyme.  The intended title was “Snake Blood,” as “Insight in Incense” was the name of my previous entry from last year’s contest and also the journal itself. (The link on the shortlist still goes to the correct entry.)  I don’t know if this was intentional?  I’d be happy to leave it as, but I thought I’d point it out in case it was a simple error.

Thank you so much for letting me know. I’ll stay tuned!

This is unexpected but certainly welcome. I might have a shot at going to Malaysia and jumpstarting a legit writing career.

Categories: Autobiographical Stories Tags: Malaysia, Southeast asia, travel, travel scholarship, travel writing, World Nomads