They say being a columnist is the best gig in outdoor writing. You get to write about your personal opinions. You get premier space in the publication. Your column (and a check) appears regularly. This is a contest to find and recognize the five best-written columns addressing the theme of “Garments are Gear.”
OWAA MEMBERS ONLY. Wrangler ProGear Column Contest is open to all individual members of the OWAA — active, senior-active, associate or student.
HOW TO ENTER: Write and submit a first-person column, type-written, between 600 and 700 words on the assigned theme, “Garments are Gear.”
THEME: “Garments are Gear.” Success in the great outdoors requires careful choice of gear, and that includes what you choose to wear. Is it the right color? Is it designed so that you can swing and aim freely? Does it let you cast a rod properly? Is the fabric right for the terrain? The weather? Tell it like it is from your point of view and your outdoor passion.
PRIZES: Judges will select five winners. The grand prize winner receives a special plaque and seven outfits selected by Wrangler ProGear. Second, third, fourth and fifth place winners will be rewarded with commemorative plaques plus four, three, two and one outfit, respectively, as selected by Wrangler ProGear.
DEADLINE: Your entry must be postmarked by Oct. 31, 2009 and mailed to Wrangler Column Contest, Attn: Bill AuCoin, 5253 Dover St. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33703.
JUDGES: Bring your column-writing skills to the attention of five judges who include some of America’s most accomplished outdoor editors and columnists.
- Christopher Batin, editor and publisher, Alaska Angler, Alaska Hunter
- Jay Cassell, deputy editor, Field & Stream
- John Marsh, freelance print and Web site editor
- Ron Schara, columnist, Minneapolis Star-Tribune. TV producer/host
- Wayne van Zwoll, book author, photographer, journalist
OWNERSHIP RIGHTS: Your column is your property. You own the copyright. You deserve all the credit. However, winners also grant to Wrangler rights to publish their columns and/or to grant others the right to publish their winning columns online. ◊