Family Travel Forum and Teen Ink Partner to Promote Teen Literacy

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Vacation Planning and Literary Web Sites pool resources to ask kids 'what's up' then provide scholarships and venues for publishing the very best work of these young writers.

Family Travel Forum (FTF), the award-winning resource for family vacation information on the web, announces a new partnership with Teen Ink, a national teen magazine, book series and website written entirely by teens and for teens.

Both organizations are dedicated to encouraging teens to share their experiences in words and images. Family Travel Forum is continuing its tradition of honoring the work of young writers with its 3rd annual FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship, judged by professionals from the Society of American Travel Writers. Teen Ink publishes new student work in print and online.

For 2009, the FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship will offer a thousand dollar scholarship to the first place winner, and $500 and $200 awards to the second and third place essay, as well as a gift certificate for a two-night family vacation at any Homewood Suites Hotel. The 25 authors awarded Honorable Mention will receive two passes to any Ripley's Believe It Or Not! attraction and a "Rand McNally Road Atlas" to help make their future family vacations more fun. All winning stories will be posted on the FTF's travelBIGO.com where young authors' work can be submitted year round.

The professional editorial staff at Teen Ink reviews more than 70,000 submissions each year to select the best of the best for each section of Teen Ink's print magazine and website. Subjects include Poetry; Fiction; Sports; Opinion; Community Service; Reviews (books, movies, music, colleges); College Essays; Interviews and more.

About FTF
Family Travel Forum (FTF) has served all who "Have Kids, Still Travel" with print and online guides since 1996. FamilyTravelForum.com has won many awards for its expert global coverage of family vacations ranging from multi-generational cruises to eco-adventures; the Top 10 Getaway survey of resort-based infant programs; a robust Flee Market™; forums on car seat and travel safety; gear reviews; pediatric travel health and a unique Custom Trip Planning service for consumers. For its publications including travelBIGO.com for the Before I Get Old crowd, and twice monthly e-newsletters packed with vacation deals, FTF has been honored with Travel Weekly's 2008 Magellan Award.

About Teen Ink
Now in its 21st year, Teen Ink is a national monthly teen magazine, book series and website at http://www.teenink.com featuring teen writing, information, art, photos, poetry, teen issues and more. More than 45,000 teens have been published in the print magazine. The website is the largest of its kind on the internet. The print magazine and website are appropriate for any teenager and are used by English teachers, writing teachers, librarians and more. Teen Ink was established in 1989 by The Young Authors Foundation, a nonprofit organization.

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