MISSOULA, Mont. – The Outdoor Writers Association of America awarded 12 Norm Strung Youth Writing Award prizes totaling $1,400.
The annual contest, sponsored by Majesty Outdoors, has categories for outdoor poetry and prose in two divisions: junior (grades 6-8) and senior (grades 9-12). First-place winners in all categories received $200, second-place winners received $100 and third-place winners received $50. This year’s winners are:
- First place: “The Lucky Snag,” by Joel Braden Robertson, Kirbyville, Missouri
- Second place: “Breathe,” by Ally Whorton, Kirbyville, Missouri
- Third place: “A Deer’s Morning Graze,” by Zach Burton, Kirbyville, Missouri
- First place: “33°15′23″N 116°23′57″W,” by Miles Johnston McInerney, San Diego, California
- Second place: “Cricket Song,” by Riley Levine, Blauvelt, New York
- Third place: “The Monarch of the Forest,” by Landis Blubaugh, Bellville, Ohio (Ohio Outdoor News)
- First place: “Sharing the Heritage,” by Eva Aycock, Owasso, Oklahoma (Oklahoma Safari Trails)
- Second place: “Big Eight,” by Lydia Bennett, Manchester, Michigan (Michigan Outdoor News)
- Third place: “Sharing the Heritage,” by Kellen Cansler, Woodward, Oklahoma (Oklahoma Safari Trails)
- First place: “A Better Squirrel Dog,” by Reese Blakeney, Leesville, Louisiana (LOWA website)
- Second place: “A Letter to Grandpa,” by Cricket Wuebker, Minster, Ohio (Ohio Outdoor News)
- Third place: “Buck Fever,” by Anna Pearsall, Colbert, Washington (The Spokesman-Review)
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, 2019. For complete contest rules and more information, visit https://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.
Thank you to our 2018 contest sponsor: