Ninth Annual Solas Awards Winners Announced!
The editors of Travelers’ Tales are thrilled to announce the winners of the Ninth Annual Solas Awards for Best Travel Story of the Year. Grand Prize winner Amy Gigi Alexander collected $1,000 for “Oranges and Roses,” her extraordinary account of being embraced by Senegalese immigrants in Paris and indigenous people in Panama. Katherine Jamieson won the silver award and $750 for “Remember This Night,” her funny and evocative tale of pizza night with a family in Guyana. Erin Byrne took the bronze and $500 for “Deep Travel, Notre Dame,” her introspective exploration of Paris’s famous cathedral and the personal tensions it represents.
More than 200 entries in 21 categories kept the judges busy. The stories this year were especially strong, making decisions in all categories very difficult. As usual, not every story that deserved an award received one. Here’s the complete list of winners. Winning stories will be posted on the Great Stories page and many will appear in future Travelers’ Tales books.
Tenth Annual Solas Awards Open for Entries
Deadline for the Tenth Annual Solas Awards is September 21, 2015. The competition is year-round, however, so submit your stories any time.
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Travelers’ Tales Sponsors Solas Awards
Award-winning publisher Travelers’ Tales is the sponsor of The Solas Awards, an annual competition to honor excellence in travel writing.
Extraordinary stories about travel and the human spirit have been the cornerstones of our books since 1993. With the Solas Awards we honor writers whose work inspires others to explore. We’re looking for the best stories about travel and the world funny, illuminating, adventurous, uplifting, scary, inspiring, poignant stories that reflect the unique alchemy that occurs when you enter unfamiliar territory and begin to see the world differently as a result. We hope these awards will be a catalyst for those who love to leave home and tell others about it.
Dates: You can enter year-round. The current competition closes September 21, 2015.
Grand Prize for Best Travel Story of the Year:
Awards in Categories:
Bragging rights for Gold, Silver, and Bronze (no cash awards in categories).
Enter one or more categories and you’re automatically entered for the Grand Prize.