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2017 Norm Stung Youth Writing Awards contest winners announced

MISSOULA, Mont. – The Outdoor Writers Association of America awarded 12 Norm Strung Youth Writing Award prizes totaling $1,400.
The annual contest, sponsored by the Falcon Guides, has categories for poetry and prose in two divisions: junior (grades 6-8) and senior (grades 9-12) and the piece must be outdoor-oriented. First-place winners in all categories received $200, second-place winners received $100 and third-place winners received $50. This year’s winners are:

Junior Poetry

  • First place: “The Forest,” by Srikar Sagili, Corvallis, Oregon
  • Second place: “Haiku,” by Christine F. O’Donnell, Saginaw, Michigan
  • Third place: “Row,” by Poem Schway, San Jose, California

Senior Poetry

  • First place: “Wind Song,” by Riley Levine, Blauvelt, New York
  • Second place: “Cross Country Girls,” by Madison Janke, Spokane, Washington (The Spokesman-Review)
  • Third place: “The King,” by Max Hilker, Haslett, Michigan (Michigan Outdoor News)

Junior Prose

  • First place: “Sharing the Heritage,” by Taylor Talley, Edmond, Oklahoma (Oklahoma Safari Trails)
  • Second place: “Natural Nostalgia,” by Elijah Devin, Kirbyville, Missouri
  • Third place: “Lone Wolf,” by Daryl Z. Bordelon, San Jose, California

Senior Prose

  • First place: “Wave Upon Wave,” by Alexander Bartone, Georgetown, Maine
  • Second place: “Two Birds with One Stone: A Lesson in Integrity,” by Ben Olson, Stillwater, Minnesota (Minnesota Outdoor News)
  • Third place: “Bay in the Balance,” by Clara Benadon, Dickerson, Maryland

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

The deadline for next year’s entries is March 15, 2018. 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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