Awards

Bill Fink’s travel writing has received over two dozen awards and honors from national organizations and publications, including selection as a “notable story” in the Best American Travel Writing series, and multiple SATW Lowell Thomas Gold Awards.

2019: Society of American Travel Writers, SATW West
Judged by University of Missouri School of Journalism
- “Best North American Travel Story“ Gold 
The Stairways of Pittsburgh, Southwest Airlines Magazine 10/2018
- “Best International Travel Story“  Silver
The Twilight Zone of Transnistria Adventure.com 1/2018

Travel Classics Competition 
Best story 2019: Beneath the Surface: the Murals of Montreal
Best story 2015: B.C. Billy–the Spirit of the Canadian Coast

2016: Lowell Thomas Gold Award: Best Travel News/Investigative Reporting
To Hunt or Not to Hunt: Yahoo Travel

Society of American Travel Writers Western Chapter:
Best Magazine Story: 2013, 2014, 2015
Best Travel Column: 2015– Yahoo Travel’s Road Trips
Best Newspaper Travel Feature: 2012
Best Newspaper Travel Short Story: 2012

2013 Society of American Travel Writers Western Chapter
– Gold:  Best Magazine Story:  Interior Motive on Bora Bora
– Bronze:  Newspaper Travel Story: Dubai, Oasis or Mirage? 

2012 Society of American Travel Writers Western Chapter
– Gold: Best Newspaper Feature Travel Story:Colombia’s Ciudad Perdida
– Gold: Best Short Newspaper Travel Story:  Home in Hiroshima
– Silver: Short Magazine Story:  Glacier Park Adventures

2011: The Best Travel Writing Travelers’ Tales anthology
– “All in the Same House”  Story of visiting Hiroshima

2010 BATW Best Newspaper Travel Story
*  On the Transsiberian Railroad “Gold” award from the Bay Area Travel Writers
2010 BATW Best Magazine Travel Story
Battle for a Philippine Bus Seat “Silver” award from Bay Area Travel Writers group

2009 SATW Lowell Thomas  Gold Award:  Best Newspaper Travel Story
* Magic Realism of Colombia
Society of American Travel Writers award from UNC Journalism faculty
–  Judges Comments

2009 Best of Lonely Planet Travel Writing
*  The Road to Nowhere (Thailand) Published in Lonely Planet anthology

2009 Bradt Travel Writing Competition:  Shortlisted Selection
* The Robe (Morocco) selected in worldwide Bradt competition

2008 Deloitte Consulting Research Papers:  Top 10
Corporate Manufacturing Strategies National White Paper competition

2007 Best American Travel Writing: “Notable Story of 2007″
Accidentally Enjoying Albania Listed as “notable story” in annual anthology

2007 Bay Area Travel Writers–Best Newspaper Travel Story
Accidentally Enjoying Albania
–  Judge’s Comments

2006 Travelers Tales- Best Travel Writing
Reading Between the Arches Annual travel writing anthology from Travelers Tales

2004 Book Passage Travel Conference:  Best Essay
*  Reading Between the Arches Grand Prize winner from travel writing conference