This is a strange one – I was having a fairly rotten day when I received this in an email –

Dear Lloyd Cole:

On behalf of the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation, congratulations!
You are an award winner in the prestigious SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition.

It looked like a scam to me so I emailed my editor. Tom just replied to let me to let me know that it is indeed legit and I am henceforth to be referred to as “award-winning travel writer”. Go figure.

And here is the article again –