BWI expands its writing contest

WILMETTE, Ill. — Boating Writers International (BWI) is expanding its 11th annual Boating Writing Contest, which takes place from November through February, with the addition of a new category, a total of 39 awards, and a total prize purse of $18,000, the organization reported yesterday.

A new category, “Gear, Electronics & Product Tests” expands to thirteen the contest categories that will be judged for excellence in creating compelling stories about the boating lifestyle in 2003.

The additions result in an overall prize purse of $18,000 with each category recognizing first ($500), second ($300) and third ($200) place entries.

All winning stories are entered into a “Phase II” competition, which culminates in a single selection honored with the Genmar Trophy and $5,000 award at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show in the fall of the following year, the organization reported.

Promotion of the program is also being extended to approximately 6,000 journalists. An updated brochure with contest details, guidelines and entry form is in mail distribution and has been added to the organization’s Web site, where it can be downloaded.

The brochure and widespread distribution is being made possible for the second year by donations from Brunswick Corp., Genmar Holdings and MarineMax. Design and production cost of the brochure was also donated by Wendt Productions, the organization stated.

Last year’s extra promotion produced a 41-percent gain in writers participating, attracting a record 451 entries, according to the organization.

A complete list of categories and their sponsors include:

  • Boating Columns – sponsored by KVH Industries, Inc.
  • Boating Lifestyles – sponsored by CAT Marine Power
  • Boating Features In Newspapers – sponsored by Interlux Yacht Finishes
  • Boating Travel or Destinations – sponsored by Bear Advertising
  • Boat/Engine Care and Maintenance – sponsored by Starbrite
  • Electronics – sponsored by Thales Navigation Magellan GPS Products
  • Ethics and Environment – sponsored by BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water
  • Fishing – sponsored by Suzuki Motor Corp.
  • Consumer/Trade News – sponsored by Mercury Marine
  • Seamanship, Rescue & Safety – sponsored by Sea Tow Services International
  • Technical Writing – sponsored by Dometic Corp. (Cruisair, Marine Air & Tundra)
  • Boat Tests – sponsored by Yamaha Marine Group
  • Gear, Electronics and Product Tests – sponsored by C-MAP/USA
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