2016 Outdoor News Youth Writing Contest

2016 Contest Sponsored by Cabela’s

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The topic must be outdoors-oriented (hunting, fishing, camping, etc.) Any interesting story afield – from the deer stand to the Boundary Waters to a family jaunt to Yellowstone National Park – qualifies.

  • Any prose or poetry is acceptable; keep submissions under 1,000 words.
  • Photos can be included.
  • Entries must be typed or word processed. Electronic versions encouraged. Submit entries to Outdoor News by Nov. 11, 2016 on 8 1⁄2-by-11 white paper. Faxes will not be accepted.
  • Two eligible grade categories: Senior (grades 9-12) and Junior (grades 6-8)
  • Include your name, parent’s name, age, address, phone number, email address, name of school and grade in school, include a self addressed stamped envelope to return photos, and mail your submissions to the editor in your state at the appropriate address below (or click on the editor’s name to email your submissions) to:

MINNESOTA: Rob Drieslein – Editor, Outdoor News 9850 51st Ave. N., Suite 130, Plymouth, MN 55442-3271

WISCONSIN: Dean Bortz – Editor, WI Outdoor News P.O. Box 2180, Woodruff, WI 54568-2180

MICHIGAN: Bill Parker – Editor, MI Outdoor News P.O. Box 199, Lake Orion, MI 48361-0199

PENNSYLVANIA: Jeff Mulhollem – Editor, PA Outdoor News P.O. Box 1393, Altoona, PA 16603-1393

NEW YORK: Steve Piatt – Editor, NY Outdoor News P.O. Box 108, Waverly, NY 14892-0108

OHIO: Mike Moore – Editor, OH Outdoor News P.O. Box 1010, Delaware, OH 43015

ILLINOIS: Ralph Loos – Editor, IL Outdoor News P.O. Box 216, Sparta IL 62286


Each Outdoor News publication (MN, WI, MI, PA, NY, OH, and IL) will print four of the best stories and two of the best poems during the holiday season in December, then sponsor them in that Outdoor Writers Association of America annual writing contest. Top prize in each of two categories, Senior (grades 9-12) and Junior (grades 6-8) will win $100 and an award plaque. Second prize, plus a poetry winner in each age group, will receive $50 and a plaque. In the OWAA contest, participants have a chance to win additional cash prizes.

To all teachers and firearms education instructors: Consider pitching the contest to your students!

View a sample from one of our past winners.

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