Sunday, 10 January 2010

Writers Can Make a Difference: On Winning the Telegraph Travel Prize

In early December 2008, I got a call from a friend. “Hey,” she said. You travel a lot. And you write a lot. Why don’t you give the Telegraph competition a go?”

“When’s the closing date?” I said.

“Day after tomorrow,” she said. “But it’s only five hundred words. Go for it.”

As it happened, I’d already written a short piece, about a small beach cafĂ© I visited in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia, earlier in the year. I hadn’t done anything with it, so I dug it out. It weighed in at just over a thousand. Why not, I thought, spent a few hours slashing and burning, and emailed a five hundred word version, entitled Flying Fish with Anne-Marie, off to the Telegraph with an hour to spare. Then I forgot about it. Two weeks later I got a phone call from Charles Starmer-Smith, travel editor of the Daily Telegraph. “You’ve won" ...

Read the full article on how the Telegraph competition prize winner, Jo Reed, made a huge difference to a small cafe in St. Lucia in the February Issue of Words with JAM.


  1. Those competitions can be very good money, looking forward to reading the article.

  2. Congratulations. This is some achievement. Myself and the cheap accountants that I work with enjoyed reading the entry.