Archive for the 'Twelfth Annual Solas Awards Winners' 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 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 […]

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