Archive for the 'Grand Prize Winners' Category

Grand Prize Silver Winner: Ambush on the Cumberland Plateau

Friday, March 17th, 2023

By Brian Reisinger A hunting trip in America’s original colonial backwoods was supposed to be full of lessons for his 12-year-old nephew. We were deep in rural Tennessee when the rain came. It was light and so quick that the sun was still out, and it danced in the sunlight as we drove on, coming […]

Grand Prize Gold Winner: The Weight of Paradise

Wednesday, March 15th, 2023

By Cherene Sherrard It takes time to find comfort in the swells of both culture and sea. Given the picture-perfect day, the narrow Oahu beach was peculiarly empty. A pair of newlyweds had the entire panorama as backdrop for their wedding photos. Far from shore, streaks of cirrus clouds formed a cross in a cobalt […]

Grand Prize Bronze Winner: To the Young Mom on Flight 1122

Wednesday, March 15th, 2023

By Pier Nirandara Fourteen hours, five passengers, three seats, two longed-for countries, one memorial. You shuffle down the aisle, toddler in tow, before plopping down in the middle seat beside me. Already flustered from the delayed flight and whatever connection you had to make, strands of hair escape down the sides of your face, framing […]

Grand Prize Gold Winner: Boots Bilong Mi

Wednesday, March 30th, 2022

By Patrick Ritter On a dugout canoe trip through the interior of New Guinea, how far would you go for a pair of shoes? I heard a splash behind me and I froze midstroke. Sounded close. I twisted around to see a large tree crashing into the water. The Sepik River winds across the swamplands […]

Grand Prize Silver Winner: Honor and the Sea

Wednesday, March 30th, 2022

By Janna Brancolini How a female pioneer of underwater archaeology teamed up with a Sicilian winemaker to save a priceless ancient shipwreck. Buried beneath the floor of the Mediterranean, in waters so turbulent the epic poet Homer had imagined the thrashings of sea monsters, the ship waited. She had once defended an ancient settlement near […]

Grand Prize Bronze Winner: The Shakeout Trip

Wednesday, March 30th, 2022

By Robert Dale Fama A premature midlife crisis, a sack of money, and a backpack combine to reveal that a beginner traveler learns quick in the Sahara. We had already broken down five times when Amadou snapped the ignition key off in his dilapidated Land Rover. He reached up and rubbed his necklace, a black […]

Grand Prize Bronze Winner (tie): Laura — Lady of the Mexican Nights

Monday, March 22nd, 2021

By Edward Stanton You wanted to get farther away from home, beyond the border and Baja California, deeper into the country.  The city of Saltillo lay on a slope of the Sierra Madre Oriental, just north of the central plateau, about 5,000 feet high.  There you found a boardinghouse with a courtyard on Calle Xicoténcatl […]

Grand Prize Bronze Winner (tie): Marriage, Dubois Style

Monday, March 15th, 2021

By Colette O’Connor “Just add three letters to Paris and you have paradise.” —Jules Renard The family Dubois of Avenue Foch are French. That is to say, the family Dubois are different. In an age when nearly half of American marriages collapse, often in smoking heaps of anger, bitterness, pain, I often wondered, what does […]

Grand Prize Silver Winner: The House Within

Monday, March 8th, 2021

By Jacob Kemp When I turned twenty-one, I spent the better part of a year in an attic, hiding from Nazis. The calendar read 2011. I had just graduated from college. I was offered a role in The Diary of Anne Frank, to play Peter Van Daan. So I packed a suitcase, a carry-on, my […]

Grand Prize Gold Winner: Headlights

Monday, March 1st, 2021

By Marcia DeSanctis There was danger, even in the presence of angels. February is not the ideal time for a road trip to northern France, but the moodiness of the sea, wind, and sky appeals to a certain breed of loner like me, drawn to the echoing voids of the off-season. Coastal Normandy is famous […]

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