$1700 Awarded to Youth Outdoor Writers 7-17-2013

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July 16, 2013


2013 Norm Stung Youth Writing Awards
contest winners announced


MISSOULA, Mont.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.



OWAA is The Voice of the Outdoors®. The Outdoor Writers Association of America is the oldest and largest association of professional outdoor communicators in the United States. It was organized in 1927 by members of the Izaak Walton League of America and includes professional communicators dedicated to sharing the outdoor experience. OWAA’s professionals include writers, photographers, outdoors radio- and television-show hosts, book authors, videographers, lecturers and artists. The association is headquartered in Missoula, Mont. For more information, contact Tom Sadler, executive director, Outdoor Writers Association of America, 615 Oak St., Ste. 201, Missoula, Mont. 59801; 406-728-7434, tsadler@owaa.org; www.owaa.org.

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