Women Travel Latin America is launching a competition to find the best entries that will be part of a new anthology of travel writing – top prize of USD$100.
The Alone Together anthology is a chance for new or established female authors to get their work published and at the same time share tales of their own adventures and experiences. It will be published by a new boutique publishing house, the Bogotá International Press.
“We hope that Alone Together will inspire women to travel in Latin America – a part of the world that many still feel is dangerous,” explained Karen Attman, one of the three editors behind the project.
“Our goal is to empower women to safely overcome those perceived dangers and reap the rewards by experiencing all the rich and extraordinary adventures that the continent has to offer.”
Karen Attman, Victoria Kellaway and Emma Newbery are a group of Bogotá-based writers and editors who all started travelling to Latin America in their early twenties. Karen has recently published a book on specialty coffee, ‘Permission to Slurp’. Victoria, a former journalist, is the co-author of ‘Colombia a comedy of errors’, and one of the brains behind ‘Was Gabo an Irishman’. Emma is the founder of The Bogotá Post, an English-language newspaper in Colombia.
The idea for the book was the result of the outcry that followed the murder last year of two Argentinians, Marina and María José. The 21 and 22 year-old-women were killed in Montañita, Ecuador by two men who had offered them a place to stay.
More shocking than the murders was the way that commentators suggested the girls had put themselves at risk – insinuating that they were somehow to blame for their deaths.
Victoria said, “As three women who have traveled all over Latin America, we wanted to bring together a compilation of voices that said that no woman should be blamed for travelling alone.”
“This is a book by women for women, and dedicated to women who travel. It’s not a book we can write alone – the more people willing to share their contributions, the stronger the collection will be.”
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Alone Together is an anthology of travel essays by women travellers focused on Latin America, due to be published at the end of 2017.
The Bogotá International Press is a new boutique publishing arm of The Bogotá Post, a popular English language newspaper. The Bogotá Post is an established part of the English-speaking community, with a reputation for providing reliable and balanced information. The team are expanding their remit to offer editing and publishing services to a growing group of writers.
Karen Attman’s writing has appeared in over twenty-five publications in Latin America, Europe and the United States. The consummate foodie and coffee expert has just published Permission to Slurp, a guide to specialty coffee. Some of her editing projects have included the Living in Bogota Expat Guide and Semana’s Business Intelligence. She also translates books, magazines and newspapers.
Victoria Kellaway is a prominent writer and journalist as well as a lecturer and public speaker. If you don’t know her name from the popular and award winning blog, Banana Skin Flip Flops, you may know it from her two successful books: she is the co-author of the best-selling Colombia a Comedy of Errors and co-editor of the essay collection Was Gabo an Irishman?
Emma Newbery is the managing editor and co-founder of The Bogotá Post and The Bogotá International Press. The newspaper publishes over 40 articles a month that cover everything from the peace process to potatoes. Emma studied English and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, and is returning to the world of words after almost a decade working as an Olympic consultant.
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