I’m thrilled to have my essay Discovering Hến Rice in Central Việt Nam shortlisted for the Third Annual I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Contest.
Writer, traveller, and I Must Be Off! blogger Christopher Allen unveiled the longlist on July 27, but revealed the titles without authors’ names because judge Catherine Sweeney was still choosing the finalists and winners. I was excited to find my essay on the list, and to learn that the semifinalists were chosen from over three hundred entries from 43 countries. It was tough keeping the news quiet, as requested by the contest organisers. And then my essay made it into the finalists! Woohoo!
The shortlisted essays will be published at I Must Be Off! During the month of August. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be revealed on September 30. One essay will win a Readers’ Choice Award, based on hits and comments.
My essay will be published on the site on Aug 14. I’ll post the link when it’s up.
Thanks, Chris and Catherine, for moving my essay into the final ten, and congratulations to my fellow finalists. It’s great to be in your fine company. Best of luck to you all!