About the Judges

Since the Solas Awards’ inception, judges have been the editors of the critically acclaimed Travelers’ Tales series: James O’Reilly, Larry Habegger, and Sean O’Reilly. Together they have edited more than 150 Travelers’ Tales books and read and edited thousands of stories since TT’s first book was published in 1993. This experience coupled with decades of world travel has allowed them to develop a fine eye for what makes a travel story work, and they apply that critical judgment to the entries in the Solas Awards. This year, however, following Sean O’Reilly’s death in December 2022, we invited author Scott Dominic Carpenter to serve as the primary contest judge.

Travelers' Tales