WorldNomads.com in conjunctokion with Rough Guides, Intrepid Travel, and hotels.com announces a contest for aspiring travel writers ages 18 and up. Students, emerging and non-professional writers and lovers of travel looking for a career change are encourages to apply. The prize is the chance to travel for a week, all-expenses paid to Tokyo to learn tricks of the trade from Rough Guides travel writer, Simon Richmond.

Contest entries begin on November 9, 2009. The deadline for applications is Dec 21, 2009. Visit WorldNomads.com travel writing scholarship page. to apply.

The contest winner will fly to Tokyo from his/her country after touching base with travel writing mentor Simon Richmond. Then the winner will hit the road for 7 days reviewing and writing for The Rough Guide to Japan travel guide.

Applicants should be available between February 15-26th to participate.

Entrants must have a high degree of proficiency in written English, be comfortable doing some travel on their own, be at least 18 years old, have a current passport and be an excellent writer with lost for adventure travel.

To apply entrants are asked to write a maximum 599 word travel-focused essay based on a personal experience around one of the following themes: A journey that changed lives, responsible travel, adventure in an unknown culture, a memorable experience involving food in a foreign country.

The winner of the scholarship contest, along with the best entries received will be published on the WorldNomad.com website on January 8th, 2010.