This award is for “Rising Stars” new to the travel writing industry.


This category is for Rising Stars who are new to the travel writing industry. Award entrants are writers or digital influencers who have had their first paid travel story published in the past two years. The award submission must be a travel related article published between 31 October, 2018 and 30 October, 2019. The article must be a paid commission and judges will need to see evidence of story payment, upon request. The article will have featured in a print publication with a minimum circulation of 20,000 or online publication with a minimum of 10,000 unique visitors per month. Entrants must be residents of Australia.


Entries will be reviewed by three judges, including ASTW committee member Jeremy Bourke; HKTB’s Regional Director, Andrew Clark; and award-winning freelance journalist and media industry academic, Lee Mylne. A shortlist of three finalists will be presented to the editorial team of Nine’s Traveller to select the winner.


The winner will receive a Hong Kong famil to the value of approx. AU$3,500 sponsored by Hong Kong Tourism Board. Their subsequent Hong Kong story will be submitted to the Nine Traveller editorial team for consideration to run online, and in print if suitable.

Famil inclusions:

  • One return economy airfare
  • Two nights on Hong Kong Island and two nights on Kowloon, staying at a 4/5-Star hotel on B&B basis
  • One MTR return airport pass
  • One Octopus MTR pass with HK$200
  • Good Evening Kowloon walking tour for one person
  • Tea House Theatre Experience at the newly opened Xiqu Centre for one person
  • A HK$2,000 voucher for Klook
  • Dinner for one at Happy Paradise to the value of HK$830

The winner will also receive a one-year Rising Star membership to the Australian Society of Travel Writers and will be invited to attend an ASTW Christmas lunch in either Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to be presented with their award (associated travel expenses including transport and accommodation not included).  Winner will also be required to support the following year’s award process. The winner will have to substantiate for membership the following year.

ASTW “Rising Star” membership inclusions:


Entries are open from 1 August to 2 November 2019 via

Entrants must be residents of Australia.

The winner will be announced on 28 November on and

The winner will also be required to support the following year’s award process.