Archive for the 'Great Stories' Category

Culture and Ideas Silver Winner: The Last Surviving Sea Silk Seamstress

Monday, May 21st, 2018

By Eliot Stein Byssus, or sea silk, is one of the rarest and most coveted materials in the world. Today, there is only one person left on the planet who knows how to harvest, dye and spin it into elaborate patterns that glisten like gold. Each spring, under the cover of darkness and guarded by […]

Cruise Story Gold Winner: Rogue Wave

Monday, May 14th, 2018

By Tina Dreffin I awakened to someone caressing my foot. It was my husband Peter, announcing my 2 A.M. dogwatch—the time period for me to steer our sailboat at sea, offshore Namibia along the west coast of Africa. When Peter turned around to head back on deck, I luxuriated beneath the covers. A low, eerie […]

Destination Travel Gold Winner: On the Road with the Lady of the Rockies

Monday, May 7th, 2018

By Linda Ballou As I crested the bluff overlooking Estes Park, the summer sun pushed away the gray that had followed me from Denver (an hour’s drive away) to reveal bluebird skies. The sweet mountain town, guarded by 14,000-foot peaks of the Rocky Mountain National Park, rests in a cleft carved by the Big Thompson […]

Adventure Travel Silver Winner: That Old Time Religion

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

By James Michael Dorsey Stories have always come to me in Africa.  I can’t say if it’s the taste, the smells, or the sheer antiquity of the land; or maybe it’s just the sense of belonging I have while I am there, but the words always come. Because it is a continent lacking in written […]

Grand Prize Bronze Winner: Mitty in Rome

Friday, March 16th, 2018

By Juilene Osborne-McKnight Grand Prize Bronze winner of the Twelfth Annual Solas Awards Trastevere They have cleaned the fountain in the Piazza of Santa Maria in Trastevere. This means that it no longer works.  Water spills over the basin and down the sides. On the lone dry step, the King of the Gypsies has taken […]

Grand Prize Silver Winner: Crossing Shibuya

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

By Aaron Gilbreath Within Tokyo’s populous Shibuya ward lies the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing. By some estimates, 2,500 people cross here during rush hour each time the signal changes. Locals call it “The Scramble.” Every day, over two million passengers pass through neighboring Shibuya Station, commuting to work and enjoying the area’s countless shops and […]

Grand Prize Gold Winner: All the Grains of Sand

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

By Angelique Stevens It was a full moon, which meant from my vantage point, I could see his naked silhouette shining blue as he washed his body behind the big lorry. I was naked too, behind the Land Rover.  The body was so familiar, that wiry frame, those graceful hands, the shaven head and the […]

Culture and Ideas Gold Winner: Some Vague Stars to the South

Monday, December 25th, 2017

By Dave Zoby Syria, and the ancient lessons of friendship. Dust-covered aluminum satellite dishes rimmed the rooftops. During the heat of the day, electrical circuits popped audibly, faltering all afternoon. Mid-day, the bakers came out in their floured aprons to read the state paper in the shade of their doorways. There was the sweet-shop, the […]

Bad Trip Bronze Winner: Like Dust in a Storm

Monday, July 31st, 2017

By Sivani Babu A tragic close call in rural Colorado. Useless. I wiped at my sunglasses with my dirty hands, trying to clear the droplets that settled on the lenses. The water smeared and streaked across, creeping into dust filled crevices and turning to mud. It became even harder to see and I gave up, […]

Destination Story Bronze Winner: Last Stop in Oklahoma

Monday, July 24th, 2017

By Robert Reid An Okie expat and his 76-year-old uncle aim to summit the Black Mesa in the USA’s most unlucky and unwanted rectangle. The road’s empty and rising slightly. I lean forward in the driver’s seat and look through the windshield to the biggest skies I’ve ever seen. An immense block of sea-blue smeared […]

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