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2013 Norm Strung Youth Writing Awards contest winners announced

OWAA logoMISSOULA, 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

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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