The Texas Outdoor Writers Association has teamed up with the Dallas Safari Club’s Dallas Ecological Foundation to promote the outdoors through an adventure essay contest open to all Texas middle school and high school students. The Dallas Ecological Foundation will promote the contest through its Outdoor Adventures Education Program. Officials with the New Braunfels Convention & Visitors Bureau, host of the 2014 TOWA Convention, have agreed to recruit contestants within their region.
There is no entry fee and cash prizes will be awarded for the top three stories from each age division, middle school and high school. A laptop or tablet computer will be given to the author of the overall best story in each age group chosen by a panel of judges. The overall winners will also be recognized at the February/March 2014 TOWA Conference in New Braunfels.
Questions should be directed to board member TJ Greaney at (512) 292-1113 or email@example.com.
Texas Outdoor Writers Association
Junior Outdoor Journalist Writing Competition Rules.
The theme for essays should be the writer’s first or early outdoors experience (hunting, fishing, camping or other outdoor adventure) and why such adventures are important in your life. Including a conservation message is encouraged.
The contest is divided into two divisions, middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12).
- First Place winners in each division will receive a new laptop or tablet computer.
- Second place winners will receive $100.
- Honorable mention will receive $25.
- Winners also receive an invitation to the 2014 TOWA Conference in New Braunfels, Feb. 27 – March 1.
Stories will be judged on originality, creativity, grammar, punctuation and writing style. Only one submission per student please. Maximum word count: 500. Essays must be typewritten (minimum 12-point font) on 8.5-by-11-inch paper. No illustrations please.
Submit stories to: TOWA, attention TJ Greaney; 9508 Chisholm Trail, Austin, Texas 78748.
Essays will not be returned.
Deadline: Entries, whether delivered in person or by mail, must be received by midnight Saturday Feb.15, 2014. Stories not following these rules will not be accepted. No exceptions.
Winning entries will be featured at the TOWA 2014 conference where members and guests may read and enjoy them. All entries become property of TOWA and may be published in full or part in the TOWA and DSC newsletter, web site or brochures. Winners will be notified by telephone or email, and a list of winners will also be posted on the TOWA web site.