Archive for the 'Great Stories' Category

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 […]

Family Travel Bronze Winner: Warp Thread

Monday, July 17th, 2017

By Leslie Oh A weaving workshop on the Navajo Reservation bonds a mother and daughter and offers a lesson about how to live a balanced life. Mom and I breathed deeply four times in the cool shadow of Table Mesa. In the distance, a worn road led southward through the Navajo Reservation and northward to […]

Funny Travel Gold Winner: Monks and Monkey Poop on the Mountain

Monday, July 10th, 2017

By James Michael Dorsey A pilgrimage gone wrong. At first sight, the temple on the mountain seemed a folk tale come to life. On my journey through Burma, the gleaming temple on the rock that guards Mount Popa had become my challenge, my grail, my pilgrimage, and there it towered above me like a finger […]

Travel and Healing Gold Winner: Into Celtic Twilight

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

By Erin Byrne The air is the region of the invisible. —John O’Donohue, Anam Ċara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom It is morning on the west coast of Ireland on a swath of pebbly beach with an emerald hillside and plateau off to the right. Cloudish sky, pewter water. Beyond the lapping of the waves […]

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