Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2024 Shortlists & Winners

by Jeremy Bassetti
Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2024 Shortlists & Winners

The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2024 shortlist winners was announced in March 2024.

This year, Stanfords now partners with Viking.

Returning to the awards in 2024 is the category “Fiction with a Sense of Place.” The other categories dropped in 2023 — Food and Drink Travel Book of the Year, Photographic Travel Book of the Year, and Illustrated Travel Book of the Year — will not be shortlisted or awarded in 2024.

Award recipients are highlighted in bold below.


Edward Stanford Award for Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing

Nicholas Crane 🏆

Stanford Travel Book of the Year

Titles have been selected in this category for their innovative and/or literary merit with content which is relevant, useful or inspiring to travelers:

  • A Stranger in Your Own City: Travels in the Middle East’s Long War by Ghaith Abdul-Ahad 🏆
  • The Britannias: An Archipelago’s Tale by Alice Albinia
  • The Gathering Place: A Winter Pilgrimage Through Changing Times by Mary Colwell
  • The Granite Kingdom by Tim Hannigan
  • Wounded Tigris by Leon McCarron
  • High Caucasus: A Mountain Quest in Russia’s Haunted Hinterland by Tom Parfitt

Bradt Travel Guides New Travel Writer of the Year

The theme for this year’s competition is “Taking the Risk.”

  • Sinean Callery 🏆

Children’s Travel Book of the Year

Fiction or non-fiction title for pre-teens which inspires a love of travel, exploration and adventure.

  • Flight: Explore the secret routes of the skies from a bird’s-eye view… by Craig, Mya-Rose 🏆
  • Against the Odds: The Incredible Struggles of 20 Great Adventurers by Humphreys, Alastair
  • Do Penguins Like the Cold? by Lewis Jones, Huw
  • Lonely Planet Kids: The Maps Book by Lonely Planet Kids
  • Boy Underground by Marinov, Isabelle
  • Greenwild: The World Behind The Door by Thomson, Pari

Fiction with a Sense of Place

A novel from any genre within fiction (populist or literary) with a highly developed and integral sense of a real location interwoven within the plot or narrative.

  • Red Smoking Mirror by Hunt, Nick
  • Roman Stories by Lahiri, Jhumpa
  • An Astronomer in Love by Laurain, Antoine
  • The Book of Fire by Lefteri, Christy
  • Dust Child by Mai, Nguyen Phan Que
  • The Covenant of Water by Verghese, Abraham 🏆

Food and Drink Travel Book of the Year

Cookbook or non-fiction food writing focussed on a particular national cuisine or telling of food related exploration/travel. Must capture a sense of the place’s identity and culture.

  • Not awarded in 2024.

Photographic Travel Book of the Year

A book of photography relating to travel, adventure or world cultures with limited accompanying text. The overall design and quality of publication of the book will also be considered by the judges.

  • Not awarded in 2024.

Illustrated Travel Book of the Year

A book of illustrations, maps or infographics relating to travel, adventure or world cultures aimed at the adult market and with their focus on either one place or the entire World. The overall design and quality of publication of the book will also be considered by the judges.

  • Not awarded in 2024.

Purchase Copies of the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2024 Shortlist and Winners

If you live in the UK, please purchase your books from Stanfords, who put on the awards ceremonies. By supporting them directly, you help support the celebration of travel literature.

If you live in the United States or the United Kingdom and wish to order online, and you need to purchase your travel books from Amazon, please use our links. If you use our links to make a purchase, we will receive a few cents commission at no additional cost to you. These commissions help support and maintain the site.

Last Updated on 31 March 2024 by Travel Writing World

You may also like

Leave a Comment

* By using this form you agree with the storage and handling of your data by this website.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More