It’s time to review your work during the year and begin to prepare entries for the writing and photo awards recognition program.
Submission to the EIC is easier than ever. You needn’t send in an actual tear sheet as your original. A copy of the original, with publication name and date and byline showing is adequate. In addition, you need to send in three copies with that information deleted.
And don’t concern yourself with size of paper. Just send in what you have. And with a return to our awards banquet to the fall, the deadline returns to May 1. So, entries must be received by the administrators of the writing and photo recognition programs by May 1, 2016.
Bridget Keesler, who has resumed the chair of the Janice M. Keesler Memorial Photo Contest after Mike Lynch stepped up last year, and I, the Excellence in Craft writing awards chair, look forward to processing your submissions. —Glenn Sapir
NYSOWA Excellence in Craft Writing, Janice M. Keesler Photo Award Guidelines & Rules
**Deadline for submission to both is May 1, 2016
The categories for 2015 are: Magazine Column, Magazine Feature, Newspaper Column, Newspaper Feature, Book and Online Publication. Those columns are defined as such:
—A regularly appearing article, typically shorter than a feature, that has a reappearing name, slug, etc., such as “On the Trail,” “Fishing,” Hunting,” etc.
—A newspaper feature does not regularly appear with a slug or name, is typically longer than a column, usually includes graphics and may have a sidebar(s).
—A regularly appearing article, typically shorter than a feature, that has a reappearing name, slug, etc., such as “On the Trail,” “Fishing,” “Hunting,” etc.
—A magazine feature does not regularly appear with a slug or name, is typically longer than a column, usually includes graphics and may have a sidebar(s).
--Book or ebook published/released from Jan 1, 2012, to May 1, 2016. Open to all outdoor-related topics/formats, including but not limited to contract/self-published, Printed/E-book, Photo/fiction/non-fiction/cookbook.
—Online publication may be a feature, column, blog post or other electronic communication that was paid for and was first posted online before it might have otherwise been published.
Any question of the qualification of an entry will be determined by the EIC chairman.
Print Entries (Magazine and Newspaper Feature and Column categories) should be sent to Glenn Sapir, EIC Chairman, 21 Shamrock Drive, Putnam Valley, NY 10579.
Electronic submission of print entries is greatly discouraged.
Each submission of a print entry should include:
--one original as published or copy of the original clearly showing the name and date of publication and the author’s name.
--three copies of the original as published article, with the name and date of publication and any mentions of the author’s name, in the byline, photo credits, captions and body text deleted.
--two copies of each book entry (no guarantee of their return)
--a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) if you wish the return of your original entries
--a completed entry form for EACH submission.
--a check for $5 made out to NYSOWA, which covers all of the member’s entries, including Book entries
--An additional fee of $5 for each Book entry
--Entries must be received by the EIC chairman by May 1, 2016
Online Publication entries should be sent as hard-copy printouts, under the same rules that apply to the print categories. Online Publication entries must include:
---the information requested on the entry form.
-- the URL of the entry.
--a check for $5 made out to NYSOWA, if this is the only category being entered. That check should be sent to Glenn Sapir, EIC Chairman, 21 Shamrock Drive, Putnam Valley, NY 10579.
--Entries must be received by the EIC chairman by May 1, 2016.
--Writers may submit a maximum of two entries in each category.
--The author must have been paid for the work entered.
--Work must have been published between Jan. 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2015 (note separate timeline for Books).
--All entries must be the author’s original work.
--Failure to follow the guidelines and rules above can lead to disqualification of entries. This is left to the discretion of the EIC chairman.
--Members not submitting a SASE can pick up their original entries at the awards presentation at the Annual Conference. Those not picked up at that time will be discarded.