Richmond, BC, Canada (April 1, 2014) - Tourism Richmond is re-launching its Travel Writer Contest today, and with double the number of categories and prizes the odds of winning have never been more favourable. Recognizing the value and role of writers, the contest honours today's storytellers. Canadian and American journalists and bloggers that publish a feature length article about the thriving multicultural city of Richmond, British Columbia, between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015, are eligible to enter their work for a chance to win top nods and one of four C$1,000 cash prizes. Writers have until June 1, 2015 to submit their entry.

"Writers, editors and bloggers are critical partners in helping destinations tell their stories through vivid descriptions, well-articulated copy and captivating photography - ultimately inspiring readers to travel," says Michelle Dunn, Tourism Richmond's Director of Communications. "We would like to honour and reward those storytellers who continue to find new and creative ways to tell Richmond's unique stories to potential visitors by re-launching and expanding our Travel Writer Contest."

An independent qualified judging panel, selected by Tourism Richmond, will choose one winner from each of the following four categories:

1. Best General Travel Story (print or online) - prize: C$1,000
2. Best Culinary Story (print or online) - prize: C$1,000
3. Best Meetings & Events Story (print or online) - prize: C$1,000
4. Best Blog Post - prize: C$1,000

What does it take to win? Look no further than the original 2011/2012 Travel Writer Contest winners Margo Pfeiff and Joe Ray. Margo Pfeiff's San Francisco Chronicle article "A bite of the Far East on the West Coast" earned $1,000 for Best General Travel Story, while New York-based writer Joe Ray won $1,000 for the Best Culinary Story for "A Wok Across the Border." The 2014/2015 contest entries should be standout stories that focus solely on Richmond, BC and deal with travel, lifestyle, adventure, meetings, cuisine, or the business of tourism. Feature length articles that not only inspire but demonstrate creativity, useful information, accuracy and exceptional writing are most likely to impress.

The contest runs from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015 and all articles must be published during this time. Previously published work is ineligible. All contest entries must be the original work of the writer and submitted to Tourism Richmond by June 1, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. PST. The contest is open to Canadian and U.S. travel writers, editors, independent journalists and bloggers who produce written content on Richmond, BC, for Canadian or U.S. print or online media outlets. These include magazines, newspapers, websites and blogs. Void in Quebec and where prohibited by law. Winners will be announced on December 1, 2015. For a complete list of contest rules and submission guidelines please visit www.tourismrichmond.com/media.

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About Tourism Richmond
Tourism Richmond is a non-profit, membership driven destination marketing organization (DMO) whose primary mandate is to enhance awareness about the destination through sales and marketing initiatives and by providing excellent visitor and member services. Ultimately, Tourism Richmond's goal is to increase economic wealth related to tourism for the City of Richmond and all stakeholders. Tourism Richmond is British Columbia's fourth largest DMO and a former Venue City for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. For more information, visit www.tourismrichmond.com.


Media contact:
Michelle Dunn, Director of Communications
Tourism Richmond
604-821-5481
mdunn@tourismrichmond.com
www.tourismrichmond.com/media