Imagine my surprise upon learning this afternoon that I had won a Gold award from the Society of American Travel Writers! I'm not American, and neither is the magazine that published my winning piece. But I guess it's like baseball: America invites a few Canadians to participate just so that it has a few more people to defeat. EXCEPT FOR 1992 & 1993 WHEN THE BLUE JAYYYYYYSSSS TAUGHT YOU AN IMPORTANT LESSON!!! BACKFIRED BIG TIME ... IN YOUR FACE!!!
Ahem. Anyways, I won a Gold in the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition for work published in 2014 and 2015. The category is Special Packages/Projects, and the winning piece was my "Canada's Best New Restaurants 2014" feature for enRoute magazine. Here's a full list of the winners:
The most amazing part? I beat out Silver- and Bronze-winning stories from the New York Times and the BBC.
OH YEAH, HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW, GRAY LADY AND THE BEEB?!?!?!?!?!?!