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S-R outdoor writing contest an outlet for high schoolers

Rich Landers Outdoors editor

It’s time for high school students to begin thinking about fame, fortune and the great outdoors.

The Spokesman-Review once again is joining the Outdoor Writers Association of America in sponsoring a contest for youth outdoor writing.

The contest is open to high school students from the newspaper’s general circulation area. Entries must be on the general topic of “outdoors.”

This includes subjects such as hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, boating, nature and conservation. Any literary style — including humor, fiction, letters or poetry — is acceptable in both contests.

Other contest rules are as follows:

•Contestants must be in grades 9-12 and from the newspaper circulation area in Eastern Washington or North Idaho.

•Stories must be original and may be no longer than 1,000 words.

•All entries should include the writer’s name, school, grade, home address and telephone number.

•Stories should be typed.

•Entries must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 22.

•Limit is one entry per student.

E-mail entries to Receipt of all e-mail entries will be acknowledged. Entries also can be mailed or delivered to Youth Outdoor Writing Contest, Sports Department, The Spokesman-Review, 999 W. Riverside, Spokane 99201.

Newspaper writers and editors will pick the best entries and award one $75 first-place prize and at least two $50 runner-up prizes. The winning entries will be published in the Sunday Outdoors & Travel section and entered in the national OWAA Scholastic Writing Contest.

The national contest offers awards of up to $300 for the best outdoors articles published by high school students in 2005. In 19 years, 30 finalists from The Spokesman-Review contest have gone on to win national awards

For more information, contact Outdoors editor Rich Landers at 459-5508.

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