Seventh Annual Solas Awards Winners
The editors of Travelers’ Tales are proud to announce the winners of the Seventh Annual Solas Awards for Best Travel Story of the Year. Grand Prize winner Matthew Crompton collected $1,000 for “Into the Hills,” his compelling story about seeking identity and confronting life both in Calcutta and on a trek in the Himalayas. Laura Resau won the silver award and $750 for “Barren in the Andes,” her powerful and uplifting tale of a visit to a shaman in Ecuador hoping to find fertility. Erin Byrne and Tom Miller both took bronzes (the judges thought they both deserved the award) and $500 each for “Storykeepers,” Erin’s remarkable account of a Parisian’s lifelong quest to keep alive the memory of WWII American pilots, and “Moving West, Writing East,” Tom’s engaging memoir of his migration to Arizona and the tales he found there.
More than 200 entries in 21 categories kept the judges busy this year. 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.
Eighth Annual Solas Awards Open for Entries
Deadline for the Eighth Annual Solas Awards is September 21, 2013. The competition is year-round, however, so submit your stories any time.
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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.
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, 2013.
Grand Prize for Best Travel Story of the Year:
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.