Archive for the 'Seventh Annual Solas Awards Winners' Category

Gold Award in Adventure Travel: Of Desert Nomads and Whales

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

By James Dorsey From the back of a camel the Sahara seemed endless; an infinite sea of low rolling dunes baked by a swirling sun that would be at home in a Van Gogh painting. For one month I had been immersed in Berber Tuareg culture, traveling through Mali, as one of the famed blue […]

Grand Prize Bronze Winner (tie): Moving West, Writing East

Friday, May 17th, 2013

By Tom Miller I moved west to escape the East. I stayed west to inform the East. This took place in the late 1960s, when the anti-war movement and its cultural twin were both flowering. There’s that window of opportunity we all have in our early 20s when there’s nothing—love, family, job, mortgage, school—to batten […]

Grand Prize Bronze Winner (tie): Storykeepers

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

by Erin Byrne Alchemy: A power or process of transforming something common into something special; an inexplicable or mysterious transmuting. —Merriam-Webster Dictionary “I haven’t been a saint my whole life, but I have done this one thing.” —René Psarolis As we crossed the Champs d’Élysées, I looked past Rogier’s blond curls and the rumbling beast […]

Grand Prize Silver Winner: Barren in the Andes

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

by Laura Resau Breathless, I hurry along narrow trails between Quichua family farms, past barking dogs, squawking chickens, curly-tailed piglets.  My destination is a shaman who lives in this village on the outskirts of Otavalo, Ecuador.  I’m going partly for book research, but mostly as a last-ditch hope he can heal me.  Back in Colorado, […]

Grand Prize Gold Winner: Into the Hills

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

by Matthew Crompton “The ball that we hurled into infinite space, doesn’t it fill our hand differently with its return: heavier by the weight of where it has been?” —Rilke [1] Calcutta The impression of Calcutta, arriving on a sweltering afternoon in early summer, is not of an ancient city existing, like Benares, outside of […]

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