A Nod to the Narrative: The San Francisco Chronicle Scores Silver

Last week, the travel section of the San Francisco Chronicle was awarded a silver medal in the 2013 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition. A big congrats to travel editor Spud Hilton! The Chronicle boasts a travel section that still runs narrative travel pieces, digging deeper into a culture and place than can a simple top-ten list. That’s sweet news for storytellers and those who enjoy reading their tales.

I’m happy that one of my pieces, “Searching for the Golden Fleece in Guyana,” appeared in the July 8th, 2012 edition of the Chronicle, in the year surveyed for the award (March 2012 – March 2013). It’s great to be among the dozens of writers who provided articles and content to this award-winning print section. The piece has been archived online here.

I am fortunate enough that I’m no stranger to the Lowell Thomas Travel Awards, as my debut book, Is There a Hole in the Boat? Tales of Travel in Panama without a Car, scored a silver medal in the 2007 competition. There’s apparently some kind of wave of silver passing my way today, down to a couple of silvered hairs I snipped from my beard this morning.


About OmnivorousTraveler

Darrin DuFord is a travel writer, mapgazer, and jungle rodent connoisseur. His writing has won numerous awards and has appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, BBC Travel, Gastronomica, Roads & Kingdoms, Narratively, and Perceptive Travel, among other publications. He is the author of Breakfast for Alligators: Quests, Showdowns and Revelations in the Americas (released in July 2016) and Is There a Hole in the Boat? Tales of Travel in Panama without a Car, silver medalist in the 2007 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards.
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