What’s your favourite Oak Bay activity? Cycling the waterfront? Strolling the streets and galleries to enjoy the artwork on display? Maybe it’s soaking in the history and culture preserved in local homes and streetscapes?
However you like to spend your time here, chances are visitors would like it too, and that’s exactly why Oak Bay Tourism wants to hear from you.
The Oak Bay Stories Writing Contest is a chance for residents, business owners and others to share, in 500 to 1,000 words, interesting stories and favourite places in Oak Bay.
The winning submission receives $500 and a feature in the Oak Bay News, while runners up will be featured at OakBayTourism.com and receive $75.
What story to tell?
“What could you write about? The topics are almost endless, but think about what would most interest visitors”, suggests Kira Harris, Oak Bay Tourism, Marketing & Communications Manager.
“Travel is about experiencing the community and culture, so we want to offer that insider’s look at what makes Oak Bay so special,” Harris says.
Coming into spring, your favourite bird watching spots, beaches or cycling routes through Oak Bay could be natural choices, or maybe what you love most about the unique shops on the Avenue. The area is quickly gaining renown as a foodie hotspot – another favourite focus for tourists!
Maybe you have holiday memories to share, from Christmas in the village to a Valentine’s tradition featuring your favourite romantic stroll, spa escape and intimate restaurant.
Keys to a successful submission:
Ensure the article is specific and makes readers want to visit Oak Bay.
Photos and captions add to the story – and videos are welcome too! – but describe the natural surroundings, painting a picture with your words; don’t rely on the photos.
Don’t assume readers are familiar with places – start with a good description of the attraction and its location. Use street names, reference points and expected travel times.
Consider whether your article should be written in first person or third. Most articles written for magazines and the internet are written in third person, although your article may be more engaging if written from your perspective.
What you need to know:
Stories should be between 500 and 2,000 words. Multiple submissions are welcome – your multiple submissions could all win!
Deadline for submissions is March 31 – submit online at oakbaytourism.com/writing-contest.