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OWAA holds youth writing contest with cash prizes

MISSOULA, Mont. – Outdoor Writers Association of America is once again hosting the Norm Strung Youth Writing Contest for 2012. The contest allows promising young writers and poets to showcase their skills and win cash prizes totaling $1,700, thanks to the support and sponsorship of Safari Club International Foundation.

The contest features categories in poetry or prose and awards prizes in two divisions. The Junior Division is open to writer in grades 6-8 and the Senior Division is open to writers in grades 9-12. All entries must also have an outdoor theme.

All entries must be published or accepted for publication in a newsletter, newspaper, magazine, literary collection, etc. during the 2011 calendar year.

The deadline for entries for the Norm Strung Youth Writing Contest is March 15, 2012. For complete contest rules and entry instructions visit

To request information for your local paper’s youth writing contests, call the OWAA office at 406-728-7434 or e-mail

The Outdoor Writers Association 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. Visit for more info.

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