Outdoor Writers Association of America awarded 12 Norm Strung Youth Writing prizes totaling $1,700, sponsored by the Safari Club International Foundation.

The annual contest has categories for poetry and prose in two divisions: junior (grades 6-8) and senior (grades 9-12), and entries must be outdoors oriented and previously published in a newsletter, newspaper, magazine, literary collection, or similar publication. First-place winners in all categories received $250, second-place winners received $125 and third-place winners received $50. This year’s winners are:

Junior Poetry

  • First place: “Ode to a Crocus” by Claire Dauge-Roth; Bath, Maine (Festival of Poetry – The Center for Teaching and Learning)
  • Second place: “Seven Twister” by Wallace Jackson; Edgecomb, Maine (Acorns – The Center for Teaching and Learning)
  • Third place: “Harvest Song” by Haley Hughes; Gallipolis, Ohio (Ohio Outdoor News)

Senior Poetry

  • First place: “Memory Slope” by Darby Martin; Moscow, Idaho (The Spokesman-Review)
  • Second place: “Changes of Autumn” by Stephen Miller; Coloma, Mich (Michigan Outdoor News)
  • Third place: “I Am From” by Jake Marshall; Rhinebeck, N.Y. (New York Outdoor News)

Junior Prose

  • First place: “One Feisty Fish” by Jessica Robach; Perry, Mich. (Michigan Outdoor News)
  • Second place: “Big Fish, Bigger Smiles” by Sarah Zumbrock; Grand Rapids, Mich. (Michigan Outdoor News)
  • Third place: “The best teal hunt ever” by Seth Abel; Johnstown, Ohio (Ohio Outdoor News)

Senior Prose

  • First place: “Dropping from November Skies” by Cole Brody; Faribault, Minn. (Minnesota Outdoor News)
  • Second place: “What Archery Hunting Means to Me” by Gina Palmiter; Clarks Summit, Pa. (Pennsylvania Outdoor News)
  • Third place: “The detail’s in the Devils” by Tanner Hardy; Spokane, Wash. (The Spokesman-Review)

Winning entries from this year’s contest will be printed in the December/January issue of Outdoors Unlimited, OWAA’s official trade publication.

The deadline for next year’s entries is March 17, 2014. For complete contest rules and more information, visit http://owaa.org/programs/contests/norm-strung-youth-writing-awards.

The Norm Strung Youth Writing Contest was named after Norm Strung, who served as OWAA president in 1984-1985. Now deceased, Strung received OWAA’s Excellence in Craft award in 1989. In 1988, Strung was the Ham Brown recipient for service to OWAA. That same year, he organized and edited a book for OWAA titled “Selling the Outdoor Story.” He was also recognized as the Outstanding Board member in 1975.

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