Archive for the 'Great Stories' Category

Strangers in the Bush

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

By Susan Bloch Destination Story Gold Winner in the Thirteenth Annual Solas Awards I’m traveling into unknown territory with a man I just met. His name is Karl, my safari guide here in Namibia, and we’re driving along a coast shaped by death and diamonds. A coast where shifting sand dunes bury secrets, mysteries, and […]

That Other Hijab Story

Monday, April 15th, 2019

By Maryah Converse Culture and Ideas Gold Winner in the Thirteenth Annual Solas Awards When I tell people that I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jordan, the response is usually predictable: “Wow. How was that?” How am I supposed to answer that in few enough words that their eyes don’t glaze over? Overwhelming. Amazing. […]

This Never Happens

Monday, April 8th, 2019

By Anne Lowrey Bad Trip Gold Winner in the Thirteenth Annual Solas Awards “Nunca ha pasado aquí,” he repeated. I shrugged as if I didn’t hear him, though I understood every word. “This never happens.” Except it did. I sat silently in the back of the rusted car that was taking me slowly away from […]

The Place Where Norman Slept

Sunday, March 31st, 2019

By Teresa O’Kane Animal Encounters Gold Winner in the Thirteenth Annual Solas Awards Norman is a solitary old bull elephant who lives on Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Years ago, he spent his days with his elephant friend George, until George had a battle with an electric fence. These days […]

The House on KVR Swamy Road

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

By Sivani Babu Grand Prize Bronze Winner in the Thirteenth Annual Solas Awards We push through a sea of people and cows, the dust and smog swirling red and heavy, giving the scene around us the hazy air of a vintage photograph. A calf chews languidly on a banana as flies buzz around its head. […]

Grand Prize Silver Winner: The Citroën and the Pomegranate

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

By Matthew Félix Grand Prize Silver Winner in the Thirteenth Annual Solas Awards I’ve traveled extensively.  But you’d never know it from the looks of my apartment.  Between an almost obsessive insistence on traveling light—never carrying more than one backpack, which fits into any overhead bin—and a general aversion to accumulating things, I hardly ever bring back […]

Grand Prize Gold Winner: The Mystery of the Sahara

Friday, March 1st, 2019

By David Robinson Grand Prize Gold Winner of the Thirteenth Annual Solas Awards In 1965, I was driven across the Sahara by a woman whose real name I never knew. I’ve been trying to find her ever since. I was working in Nigeria at the time. In West Africa, even if you never see the […]

Travel Memoir Gold Winner: Mideast Uprising

Monday, July 30th, 2018

By Sharon Kreider Before the internet, Google, or cellphones, the journey overland from Europe to Asia took time, ingenuity, and more than a little courage. Travel through Turkey, Iran, and Syria can be difficult today but was especially challenging for a young, white twenty-year-old woman touring these regions alone in the 1970s. In February 1977, […]

Most Unforgettable Character Silver Winner: Hung, the Boat Woman of Hue

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

By Maxine Rose Schur I raised the expectation, You shook your head sadly. Like fish in water and fowl in the air It’s not easy to meet… I saw you off on your way And felt hundreds of jumbled feelings. —Nguyen Binh (1918-1966) For years I had loved the words “Perfume River.” I imagined sailing […]

Elder Travel Bronze Winner: Finding the House My Father Built

Monday, June 25th, 2018

By May Gee A few thin, gray hairs skimmed the top of the elderly man’s pointed head, just like my father’s hair used to on his. Faint crinkles touched the skin around the old man’s eyes and deep creases ran from the edge of his nostrils to the outsides of his lips. All that was […]

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