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Outdoor News, Inc., Partners with Cabela’s™ for Youth Writing Contest

October 2, 2014

(Plymouth, Minn.) — Outdoor News, Inc., publisher of locally written fishing and hunting outdoor newspapers in seven Great Lake states, has partnered with Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, for the annual Youth Writing Contest for students in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and Illinois.

Outdoor News, Inc. has promoted the writing contest since 1998, which encourages youths to submit an outdoors-oriented essay or poem.

 “This contest, which combines youth with topics such as hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor adventures, makes this multi-year partnership with Outdoor News a natural fit,” said Andrea Crass, Director of Communication and Partnerships for Cabela’s.

Cabela’s sponsorship enables the awarding of cash prizes for each of the two age categories for students in grades 6-12 through the contest.  “Each year, more than 1,000 entries are received from youth sharing their first hunting experiences, fishing adventures or memorable time spent in the field,” said Rob Drieslein, managing editor for Outdoor News publications and one of the judges who selects the winning entries. 

For students in grades 9-12 that qualify in the Senior Division, and 6-8 grade aged students entered in the Junior Division, the chance to win a $100 first place prize or $50 second place award is just part of the incentive to participate. Winning entries are printed in Outdoor News publications, and the winners are also presented plague to honor their winning submissions. But this isn’t the end of their story. Winning entries in the Outdoor News contest will then be forwarded for entry into the Outdoor Writers Association of America annual writing contest. The OWAA contest offers the chance for youth writers to earn additional cash prizes and recognition.

About Cabela’s Incorporated: Cabela’s Incorporated, headquartered in Sidney, Nebraska, is a leading specialty retailer, and the world’s largest direct marketer of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor merchandise. Since the Company’s founding in 1961, Cabela’s® has grown to become one of the most well-known outdoor recreation brands in the world, and has long been recognized as the World’s Foremost Outfitter®. Through Cabela’s growing number of retail stores and its well-established direct business, it offers a wide and distinctive selection of high-quality outdoor products at competitive prices while providing superior customer service. Cabela’s also issues the Cabela’s CLUB® Visa credit card, which serves as its primary customer loyalty rewards program.

About Outdoor News, Inc.: Outdoor News provides in-depth coverage of hunting and shooting sports, fishing, archery, conservation and outdoor activities including analysis of state and national outdoor agencies, local lake maps and fishing reports, expert tips and relevant gear profiles. Robert A. Drieslein is the president of the privately held company established in 1968. With regional editors, columnists and sales representatives in seven states, Outdoor News Inc. publishes newspapers in Minnesota 52 times a year and in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York 26 times a year. Outdoor News Inc. newspapers are subscription based mail periodicals with a verified circulation of over a quarter million including newsstand copies. New York Outdoors News is available through digital subscription as well. For more information about Outdoor News, Inc, visit www.outdoornews.com  or call (800) 535-5191


Update as of August 11, 2015:  Read the Outdoor Writers Association of America Press Release on the winning entries.  Nearly half originated from this Outdoor News-endorsed youth writing program! http://www.theoutdoorwire.com/story/1439253372zefmt9sm7yn

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