Well, it’s been two years in the making, and it’s finally here. In conjunction with the La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Coastal Angler, and the La. Outdoor Writer’s Association, the first ever Louisiana Youth Angler of the Year Essay Contest is being launched TODAY via this blog (coming soon to other newspapers and magazines in a city near you!). Oh yes, I’m jumping the gun a wee bit, but I am the chairman of this little committee, and I’m so excited that we are finally offering this great contest as an incentive for fisher kids to aspire to be outdoor writers and to reward those who are already on that path.
If you know a fisher kid in La. who is 15 or younger, be sure and pass this information on to them. All they have to do is go fishing, or have gone fishing, and write a great essay about the trip. It’s great if they can also include a photo that goes with the story, but not required. We will be judging more on the heart of the story than on grammar and such, but they should submit their best work. Click here for the Registration form.
If you have an in with a local newspaper, please ask them to reprint this information, and then email me and I will email them a 1/4 page ad version of this they can just slip right into their newspapers or magazines. I want to have entrants from across the state. I want to read essays until my eyes pop out!!!
And rumor has it (since I know the chairman of the committee personally) that the prize is a lifetime fishing license! Oh yes, indeed! All I can say is if you are a fisher kid, and when you get to the age of having to buy a license every year, you will be so glad you have this lifetime license!!! Not only that, you will receive your award on the night of our big LOWA awards banquet in August 2015 (location TBA) and we will pay for 3 banquet tickets for the winner. Other folks can attend, but they have to register for banquet and pay in advance.
Well, that’s all I have for now because other things have been keeping me hopping busy down the bayou here lately.
Spread the word and encourage those fisher/writers! Contact me if you have questions, or need more information!
Okay, kids – go fishing, take a couple photos of you fishing and/or holding your catch, and write an essay! I’ll be “write” here waiting for you!
Download, fill in, print and sign the registration form below (full instructions included). You will need a PDF reader to do this. (If you’re having trouble saving, right click, select “Save Link As”)