2020-2021 Maine Sportsman Youth Writing Contest
New England Outdoor Writers Association recently voted to postpone its 2020-2021 youth writing contest, so The Maine Sportsman will offer the event
The contest opens October 15, 2020, and closes March 15, 2021.
The contest is open to boys and girls in New England, in grades 6 through 12.
Written entries should be no longer than 500 words, and must relate to one of the following outdoor topics: fishing; hunting (including sporting dogs); sporting
firearms; snowmobiling; ATVing; trapping; boating or canoeing; taxidermy; conservation; archery; or crossbows.
Submissions must consist of non-fiction narratives or essays – there is no poetry division in this contest, and no fiction division.
Submissions must be previously unpublished original works, and must have been written within the past 12 months. If possible, contestants should submit entries in an editable format rather than as a PDF. Photographs taken by the author or the author’s family members can accompany the written entry.
Submissions from students in grades 6 – 8 will be entered in the Junior Division; grades 9 – 12 will be entered in the Senior Division.
Winners will receive the following cash awards:
• Junior Maine winner: $100
• Senior Maine winner: $100
• Junior New England winner: $100
• Senior New England winner: $100
Additional prizes or recognitions may be awarded.
Winners will be announced in the pages of The Maine Sportsman magazine.
Submissions may also be published in the magazine.
Submit entries in an email or as an attachment to an email. Send entries to Will Lund, editor, The Maine Sportsman, at Will@MaineSportsman.com, and
include the words “Youth Writing Contest” and the writer’s last name in the email caption.
Include your contact information, your age and your grade in school, the name of your parent or guardian, and the name of your English or writing teacher.
Submissions can also be made through your schools.
You will receive an acknowledgment that your submission has been received.
Questions? Contact the editor at Will@MaineSportsman.com.
Good luck to all contestants!