High School Contest

VOWA Sponsors 24th Annual
High School Writing Competition!

Chairperson Terry Lewis, Email: lewistmn@msn.com 

Downloads 2016-2017 VOWA High School Contest Guidelines &

2016-2017 VOWA High School Contest Submission Form

Deadline February 15, 2017

The Virginia Outdoor Writers Association, Inc. (VOWA)  is sponsoring the 24th Annual High School Writing Competition for 2016-17 The goal of the competition is to reward high school students for excellence in communicating their personal experiences in the outdoors. The competition is open to all Virginia students in grades 9 through 12. Home-schooled students are welcome to enter. The theme of this year’s contest is based on a memorable outdoor experience. Any experience by the writer with hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing, hiking, birding or other outdoor activity should be the predominant subject matter. No athletic event or competition is an eligible subject matter.

 Submissions can be made between now and February 15, 2017. Download full guidelines and submission form above.

Prizes will be $150, $100, and $50 for first, second, and third places. There will also be gear from outdoor sports businesses and Supporting Members of VOWA. Winners will be announced and awards presented at the Virginia Outdoor Writers Association Annual Meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel in Charlottesville, VA, March 25, 2017.  The winner’s parents, a mentor, or a teacher may be guests of VOWA for the presentation event. The winning entries will be read by the students at the awards program during the Annual Meeting. The three top winners will be published on the VOWA Web site, and may be in other publications or on web sites.

We look forward to again receiving many entries and strongly encourage all aspiring young writers to enter.  Good luck!