Win a trip to Australia or a journey round Eastern Europe - and collect an invaluable Rough Guide
This time next year you could be flying to Sydney or exploring Eastern Europe, courtesy of the Independent, Campus Travel and Rough Guides. Better still, your account of the trip will be published in these pages.

To enter, write a pacey page or two - no more than 500 words - on a single incident in your travels this summer, on the subject "A misunderstanding". Whether you are a willing participant in a linguistic contretemps or the unwitting transgressor of local customs, tell us the tale with a sharp eye and a light touch.

Entrants should submit one article only, typewritten and previously unpublished, to: Student Travel Writing Competition, the Independent, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5DL by 14 October 1995. The results will be published on 27 October.

The judging will be carried out by Lucinda Hallam and Phil Griffiths of Campus Travel, Mark Ellingham and Richard Trillo of Rough Guides, and Harriet O'Brien and Simon Calder of the Independent. The two top prizewinners will also be invited to write about the trip for the travel pages of the Independent, at our normal rates of pay for professional contributors.

Entrants must be full-time students, aged under 25 on 1 September 1995 and enrolled at UK universities or colleges.

The prizes:

1st: Campus Travel, specialist in youth and student travel, will provide the winner with two round-trip tickets to Sydney. The winner will be equipped with the new second edition of the Rough Guide to Australia, to be published in October.

2nd: Campus Travel will provide two Young Europe Special (YES) air passes, each with four coupons, for use next summer. These allow extensive travel on the Lufthansa network within Europe and beyond, as far away as Antalya, Baku and Casablanca. The runner-up also gets the forthcoming updated Rough Guide to Prague - another of the destinations available on the YES pass.

3rd: Ten consolation prizes of the new Rough Guide to Venice, to be published in November.

The competition is not open to employees - or their relatives - of Newspaper Publishing plc, Rough Guides or Campus Travel. The judges' decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.