Nothing will turn you into a famous writer faster than a great adventure story. You’ve read Hemingway’s Islands in the Stream, Faulkner’s “The Bear,” and Roosevelt’s African Game Trails (you have read them, haven’t you?).
Now we want you to add the next chapter to this tradition for the 2004 Field & Stream Young Writers Contest.H In 750 to 1,000 words, write an essay about your most thrilling day hunting or fishing. It could be a close call, a strange encounter with an animal, a day you got lost in the woods, or just a heart-pounding experience deep in the wilderness.
H Our panel of editors will select two winners, one between the ages of 13 and 18, and one between 19 and 22. The winning authors will each receive $1,000, and their essays will be published in a future issue of Field & Stream. Runners-up will be published on our website.
**Official Rules **
[BRACKET “No Purchase Is Necessary to Enter.”] The Field & Stream Young Writers Contest is open only to residents of the 50 United States and Washington, D.C., who are at least 13 years of age and not older than 22 years of age on September 1, 2004. Employees of Field & Stream, Time Inc., its affiliates or subsidiaries, agencies, and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each are not eligible. The subject of the Field & Stream Young Writers Contest is “Adventure.” Essay entries are limited to 750 to 1,000 words regarding the writer’s greatest outdoor adventure. All entries must be typed, double-spaced, on 81/2×11-inch paper, using only one side of the paper, and must include the writer’s name, address, telephone number, and proof of age (copy of birth certificate, driver’s license, or passport). One essay accepted per entrant. Each entry must be an original, nonpublished work written in English, and the content must be appropriate for a national magazine, as determined by Field & Stream’s editors. Mail entries to: Field & Stream Young Writers Contest, 2 Park Ave., New York, NY 10016. Entries must be postmarked by the contest closing date of September 15, 2004. Field & Stream’s editors will select two winning essays within 90 days after the contest ends; all entries will be evaluated equally on creativity, marketability, and presentation. One winner will be chosen from the ages of 13 to 18, and a second winner will be chosen from the ages of 19 to 22. All decisions are final. The winning essays will be published in a future issue of Field & Stream (to be determined by the editors of Field & Stream), and each writer of the winning essays will receive $1,000. Field & Stream will select runners-up essays that will be published on the Field & Stream website.
Acceptance of prize constitutes permission to Field & Stream and its agencies to use winner’s name and/or likeness for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation unless prohibited by law. Entrants represent and warrant that submitted essays are original works and do not infringe the rights of any third parties. All materials submitted become the sole property of Field & Stream and will not be returned. By accepting prize, winner agrees to hold Field & Stream and its affiliates, subsidiaries, and their respective directors, officers, employees, and assigns harmless against any and all claims and liability arising out of use of prize. By entering, entrants transfer to Field & Stream all right, title, and interest, including copyright, in and to the winning essays. The potential winners will be notified by mail within two weeks of the selection of the winning essays and must sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability within 7 days of attempted notification before the prize can be awarded. Noncompliance within this time period will result in disqualification, and an alternate will be selected. By participating in this contest, entrants agree to be bound by the Official Ruless and the decisions of the judges. Field & Stream is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the contest, or announcement of the prize. Field & Stream is not responsible for lost, late, mutilated, or illegible entries. Parents or guardians must complete the Affidavit and transfer of rights for any winner who is a minor. All federal, state, and local taxes are the responsibility of each winner. Any claims relating to this contest shall be governed by New York law without regard to its conflict of law rules, and any such claim must be heard in New York.
For names of winners, available after February 1, 2005, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Contest Winners at the address below.
This contest is sponsored by Field & Stream, 2 Park Ave., New York, NY 10016.