CONTESTS

Excellence in Craft Contest

OWAA’s annual Excellence in Craft (EIC) Contest allow the association’s members to enter their best works from the previous year. There are multiple categories for various media and subject matter and each category is judged by an independent and expert panel. Winners are announced during the annual conference, where certificates and cash prizes are awarded.

The entry process for the EIC Contest begins Nov. 1 and is managed by OWAA Supporting Group, Submittable.com. Dec. 1 is the absolute, final book deadline while all other media should submit by Jan. 10 (Jan. 31 is the absolute, final deadline for all other media). Click here for complete guidelines and to apply.

Two winners of the OWAA Excellence in Craft award pose with plaques
Photo by Lisa Densmore Ballard

Norm Strung Youth Writing Awards

OWAA aims to encourage young writers with its annual Norm Strung contest. Open to students in grades 6-12, cash prizes are awarded in poetry and prose for outdoor-oriented writing. The contest honors the memory of Strung, a former OWAA president and recipient of two of the organizations top awards – Excellence in Craft and J. Hammond Brown.

  • All submitted works must have been written during the previous year and any prose or poetic form is acceptable
  • At the time the work was created, the creator must have been a student in grades 6-8 to enter the junior division or grades 9-12 to enter the senior division
  • The topic of the work must be outdoor-orientated (hiking, camping, fishing, nature, ecology, canoeing, etc.)
  • Published work is preferred but not required
  • Entrants must submit one copy of their work as well as their name, address, email, phone, grade in school and name/date of publication in which the work appeared, if applicable
  • Students may enter as many pieces as they wish, although each student is limited to one prize per contest
  • Annual submission deadline is March 31 and the winners will be announced that following summer
  • All submissions must be made via Submittable.com
  • OWAA reserves the rights to reprint the winning entries in its publications and on its website

A link to complete guidelines and to apply will be posted here in the fall.

CONTEST SPONSORSHIPS

Excellence in Craft Contests

Show your support and associate your company’s brand with excellence in outdoor communications. EIC awards are given in several media and subject categories and represent OWAA members’ very best work. Your benefits can include:

  • Podium time at the annual conference’s EIC Award Party (for full sponsors)
  • Company representative invited to attend, be acknowledged and present awards to contest winners at OWAA’s annual conference
  • Photo opportunities with contest winners at ceremony
  • Sponsor recognition in OWAA’s bimonthly magazine
  • Sponsor logo featured on the EIC page of the OWAA website
  • Sponsor inclusion in press releases announcing contest winners

Full sponsorship costs $4,400 while a multiple-brand co-sponsorship is $2,200.

For details and specific benefit levels, please review the OWAA Contest Sponsorship Information. Contact OWAA headquarters at info@owaa.org for current availability.

Two rows of winners of the OWAA Excellence in Craft award pose with plaques
A young girl fishes from an inflatable raft
Photo by Lisa Densmore Ballard

Norm Strung Youth Writing Awards

https://www.dropbox.com/s/yzby930ncwop81r/2020%20OWAA%20EIC%20Sponsorships.pdf?dl=0To encourage young writers in communicating the outdoor experience, annual cash awards are offered as part of the OWAA Norm Strung Youth Writing Awards. Sample benefits include:

  • Sponsor recognition in OWAA’s bimonthly magazine
  • Sponsor logo featured on the youth writing awards page of the OWAA website
  • Sponsor inclusion in press releases announcing contest winners

Full sponsorship costs $2,200 while a multiple-brand co-sponsorship is $1,100.

For details and specific benefit levels, please review the OWAA Contest Sponsorship Information. Contact OWAA headquarters at info@owaa.org for current availability.

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