2012 Condor Contest

Of Moose and Minarets

“Oh, the Yukon. I’m planning a moose hunting trip there.” Not the expected response from a Turkish rug salesman, as one wanders through the narrow cobblestone streets of Istanbul’s historic district, Sultanahmet. I felt far from my northern home while sweating in mid-May temperatures of nearly 20 degrees Celsius. I had assumed that my quick …

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Drum Roll, Please

Editors love – and hate – writing competitions. We love them because they give us a chance to discover how different writers approach similar subject matter, the choices they make about what details to include, the images they employ to paint word pictures, the structure they use to tell their individual stories. We also love …

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In Praise of Homeschooling

Most of my last year in elementary school was spent wondering what it would be like to be outside, instead of being in a crowded classroom looking at old pictures of art or memorizing a list of spelling words. By February, I wasn’t trying my best anymore and I was sleepwalking through each day. Being …

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