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Eighth Annual Solas Awards Winners

The editors of Travelers’ Tales announced the winners of the Eighth Annual Solas Awards for Best Travel Story of the Year on March 1, 2014. Grand Prize winner Bill Giebler collected $1,000 for "The Tea in Me," his compelling story about travels in India where he sees his life revealed through the processing of tea. Lisa Alpine won the silver award and $750 for "Fish Trader Ray," her quirky tale of Amazon adventure and the characters she met there. James Michael Dorsey and Keith Skinner shared the bronze and won $250 each, James for "From the Ashes," his haunting tale of a Cambodian Buddhist monk who survived the Pol Pot genocide, Keith for "Inside the Tower," his moving account of a visit to the home of the late poet Robinson Jeffers.

More than 200 entries in 21 categories kept the judges busy. The stories this year were especially strong, making decisions across the board very difficult. As usual, not every story that deserved an award received one. Here’s the complete list of winners. Winning stories will be posted on the Great Stories page and many will appear in future Travelers’ Tales books.

Judging for the Ninth Annual Solas Awards is under way, with winners to be announced on March 1, 2015.

Tenth Annual Solas Awards Open for Entries

Deadline for the Tenth Annual Solas Awards is September 21, 2015. The competition is year-round, however, so submit your stories any time.

See the complete list of winners in the Eighth Annual Solas Awards .

See the complete list of winners in the Seventh Annual Solas Awards

See the complete list of winners in the Sixth Annual Solas Awards .

See the complete list of winners in the Fifth Annual Solas Awards .

See the complete list of winners in the Fourth Annual Solas Awards .

See the complete list of winners in the Third Annual Solas Awards .

See the complete list of winners in the Second Annual Solas Awards .

See the complete list of winners in the First Annual Solas Awards .

Travelers’ Tales Sponsors Solas Awards

Award-winning publisher Travelers’ Tales is the sponsor of The Solas Awards, an annual competition to honor excellence in travel writing.

bestv9 Extraordinary stories about travel and the human spirit have been the cornerstones of our books since 1993. With the Solas Awards we honor writers whose work inspires others to explore. We’re looking for the best stories about travel and the world funny, illuminating, adventurous, uplifting, scary, inspiring, poignant stories that reflect the unique alchemy that occurs when you enter unfamiliar territory and begin to see the world differently as a result. We hope these awards will be a catalyst for those who love to leave home and tell others about it.

Dates: You can enter year-round. The current competition closes September 21, 2015.

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Grand Prize for Best Travel Story of the Year:

$1,000 Gold
$750 Silver
$500 Bronze

Awards in Categories:

Bragging rights for Gold, Silver, and Bronze (no cash awards in categories).

Enter one or more categories and you’re automatically entered for the Grand Prize.

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