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bestv11 Fourteenth Annual Solas Awards Winners

The editors of Travelers’ Tales announced the winners of the Fourteenth Annual Solas Awards for Best Travel Story of the Year on March 2, 2020. Grand Prize winner Erin Byrne collected $1000 and the gold award for “Our Ravaged Lady,” her powerful evocation of Notre Dame Cathedral’s symbolism for generations of the French people and for herself personally. Amanda Castleman won the silver award and $750 for “Love in a Time of Abundance,” her poignant account of vanishing cultures and our own mortality on a safari in Botswana. Tom Miller and Chase Nelson shared the bronze award and $500, Tom for his inspirational profile of the “best guitar maker in Cuba” in “Cubana Be, Cubana Bop,” and Chase for his dramatic tale of life and death and conquest en route from Machu Picchu in “Dark Train to Cusco.”

Some 200 entries in 21 categories kept the judges busy. 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 as Editors’ Choice stories on TravelersTales.com, and many will appear in future Travelers’ Tales books.

Sixteenth Annual Solas Awards Open for Entries

Deadline for the Sixteenth Annual Solas Awards is September 21, 2021. The competition is year-round, however, so submit your stories any time. Winners of the Fourteenth Annual Solas Awards were announced on March 2, 2020. Winners of the  Fifteenth Annual Solas Awards will be announced on or about March 1, 2021.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

bwtwv11 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 on September 21, 2021.

Win Cash and Publication
Many Categories for True Stories bestv10

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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