Lhasa & Everest Travel Writing Contest


A Travel Story on the Theme of Transformation

At Extravagant Yak transformation is one of our core values, and because travel is a life changing experience, we get to live out this core value all year long. In fact, our value for transformation is what makes us passionate about every trip we run. This makes our job one of the sweetest gigs on the planet (in our unbiased opinion).

It won't sound surprising to know that one of our favorite things in the world is hearing transformational travel stories. In light of this, we have decided to put on a writing contest to hear travel stories from around the world. The winner will move us in 1200 words or less with a story about traveling to a new place, and how that experience changed them personally. Did we mention there is a prize? The winner will enjoy a free trip to Lhasa & Everest!

It gets better. The contest itself has transformational impact that will spill over to others. The proceeds from this contest will help Extravagant Yak further the mission of Tibetpedia.com, a platform for promoting Tibetan small businesses of excellence across Tibet.

The Prize

An 8-day trip to Lhasa & Everest, including international airfare to Chengdu*

The Contest

Transformational Travel Story Contest

Submission Deadline

April 11, 2018

How will the winner be decided?

Online vote (see below 'The Winner')

How and when will the winner be announced?

Extravagant Yak's Facebook page on May 14th, 2018

    The Contest

    The winner will write the most moving story about the transformational power of travel in 1200 words or less. The story should be sent to extravagantyaktravel@gmail.com, and the criteria are as follows:

      • 1200 words or less
      • must be related to travel
      • fiction or non-fiction stories both accepted
      • double-space your document, and check for grammar and punctuation*
      • English only, use standard Times New Roman size 12 font
      • all contest entrants must be 18+ years old (by April 11, 2018)

    *Disclaimer: this is an international contest that aims to be inclusive to those for whom English is a second language. Grammar and punctuation, though very important, will be judged as secondary to content.

    The Prize - Lhasa & Everest Trip for 1

    The winner will enjoy a complimentary all inclusive 8-day Lhasa & Everest freesale trip with Extravagant Yak in 2018 or 2019. This will include complimentary international return airfare from your location to Chengdu (maximum value of $1,500), one night's accommodation in Chengdu at the Fraser Suites before trip departure to Lhasa the next morning, and the 8-day tour to Lhasa and Everest.

    We have created the perfect tour for those who consider a sense of adventure and a dose of curiosity essential travel ingredients. There is no strenuous hiking. In eight days we will take you by air from Chengdu to Lhasa, and then by car to Everest Base Camp for a sunrise on one of the most epic landscapes on Earth. You’ll return as a member of an exclusive group of travelers who have beheld the highest point on planet earth.

    In addition to the free Tibet trip, the winner will have their article featured on the Extravagant Yak website, along with several other online media channels (to be announced soon).

    The Winner

    The process for deciding the winner is as follows:

    1. All submissions received by April 11 will be read by Extravagant Yak staff and the top 10 articles will be selected*
    2. May 1-10 there will be an online vote to choose the top three finalists.
    3. On May 13 the top three finalists will enter the last round. New York Times /USA TODAY/ Amazon best selling authors Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon will be in Chengdu as guest speakers at the Writing a Novel Workshop hosted by YA author, Nova McBee. Carey and Lorie will offer critiques on each of the three finalists. Finally, Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon, in cooperation with Extravagant Yak co-founder Jim Hamp, will decide on the winner.
    4. The winning writer will be announced on the Extravagant Yak Facebook page on May 14.

    How to Enter

    There are 3 steps to enter the contest

    Successful submissions will complete the following:

    1. The entrance fee is $30.00. This accomplishes two things: i.) it helps cover the cost of running the contest, and ii.) excess funds will help us extend the transformational power of this event to Tibetan small businesses by funding the addition of new businesses on Tibetpedia.com (the core expression of Extravagant Yak's CSR value)*
    2. Before submitting your article, you must i.) promote the contest at least once via your social media outlet of choice (Facebook or Instagram), ii.) tag Extravagant Yak and, iii.) follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
    3. Email your story by April 11 in a word document with your name and contact information to extravagantyaktravel@gmail.com, as follows:

      Email subject line: Lhasa & Everest Travel Writing Contest. Include the following information at the top of the word document:

    Terms & Conditions*

    The following terms and conditions apply to the contest:

    • all contest participants must be 18+ years old by April 11, 2018.
    • contest entrance fees are non-refundable.
    • excess funds generated from running this contest will be used at Extravagant Yak's sole discretion to further the mission of Tibetpedia.com 
    • by entering this contest, all participants give Extravagant Yak permission to freely use their story for the purpose of the contest, or for other promotional purposes.
    • all stories must be submitted before end of day on April 11. Late entries will be not be accepted.
    • ghost writing is not permitted. Any story discovered to be written by someone other than the registered participant will be disqualified.
    • Extravagant Yak reserves the right to decide on the 10 best stories from all submissions, and to enlist help with the selection process according to our sole discretion (provided such persons are not contest participants).
    • to be as inclusive to those from non-English countries, stories will be judged primarily on the basis of content. Grammar and punctuation, though still important, will be secondary.
    • Extravagant Yak reserves the right to disqualify any entries that are proven or suspected of plagiarism.
    • the prize is for one person only, and is redeemable on a freesale tour (not private) within the 2018 or 2019 calendar years.
    • the prize has no cash value and may not be used for a different trip other than Extravagant Yak's website version of the 8-day Lhasa & Everest trip.
    • international airfare to Chengdu will be limited to $1,500. Airfare in excess of this will not be covered by Extravagant Yak.
    • the prize is fully transferable to a traveler other than the winner of the writing contest, provided that traveler is over 18 years old.

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