2014 Creative Writing Competition

Essay Contest Sponsored By: Oklahoma Station Chapter Safari Club International

Safari Club AWLS

Oklahoma Chapter

Theme: Students must use the theme, Hunting: Sharing the Heritage, Archery: What I like about Archery in the Schools and Bowhunting or the concept of the theme to develop an expository essay or short story.

Eligibility: Students ages 11-17 currently enrolled in any Oklahoma School and home school students are eligible for participation. Winners of the 2013 contest are not eligible. Applicants must have successfully completed an Oklahoma Hunter Education course by the entry deadline.

Deadline for Entry: Friday, November 21, 2014.

Number of Entries per school: There is no limit to the number of entries per school.

Specifications:

  • Students must use the theme, Hunting: Sharing the Heritage, Archery: What I like about Archery in the Schools and Bowhunting or the concept of the theme to develop an expository essay or short story.
  • Essay or short story should be double-spaced on white, 8 1/2 x 11 paper, with 1 1/2 inch margins on top, bottom and sides. Typewritten copy is preferred. All essays or short stories must be legible.
  • Length should not exceed 1,000 words (four typewritten pages) for short stories, or 500 words (two typewritten pages) for essays.
  • Students must have successfully completed an Oklahoma Hunter Education course by the entry deadline.
  • Papers should be carefully proofed for spelling, punctuation, capitalization and grammar.
  • A completed entry blank must be used as a cover sheet and stapled to the essay or short story. Entry must be typed and signed by the teacher or youth group leader.
  • Judging: All essays or short stories will be judged in one of two categories: 11-14 age group or 15-17 age group. Applicants will be judged on the use of the theme concept, creativity, neatness, proper grammar and punctuation. Winners of the statewide competition will be notified by phone.

    Prizes

  • In the 11-14 age category: One boy and one girl will receive a scholarship for the Apprentice Hunter Program during the summer of 2015 at the YO Ranch, Mountain Home, TX. The Oklahoma Station of Safari Club International will reimburse the winners travel expenses up to a maximum of $500 per Essay Contest Winner.

  • Apprentice Hunter Program Information:

    Safari Club International’s Apprentice Hunter Program is a unique, hands-on course designed for girls and boys aged 11-14. The program covers such diverse topics as history of hunting, the ethical basis of modern sport hunting, wildlife management, field identification, tracking and interpreting sign, game cooking and the SCI Sportsmen Against Hunger Program. There are three sessions, each one week long, during the summer of 2015.

  • In the 15-17 age category: One boy and one girl will go on a guided antelope hunt in the panhandle of Texas. Winners in this category must comply with all requirements of Texas game laws for the 2015 hunting season. The Oklahoma Station of Safari Club International will reimburse travel expenses up to a maximum of $500 per Essay Contest Winner.
  • The four statewide winners and their legal guardians will be invited to Oklahoma City to attend an awards ceremony in March. In addition, the top 25 essay entrants will receive a one-year youth membership to Safari Club International. Transportation to Texas: Oklahoma Station Chapter will reimburse trip travel expenses up to a maximum of $500 per Essay Contest Winner. The four state winners’ entries will be printed in the Oklahoma Station Chapter Safari Club International December Newsletter “Safari Trails”. Printing makes the essays eligible for consideration in the Outdoor Writers Association of America Youth Writing Contest. Essays may also be printed in Outdoor Oklahoma magazine.
     
    All mailed entries must be postmarked no later than midnight Nov. 21, 2014. Address entries to: Essay Contest, Education Section Supervisor, ODWC Jenks Office, P.O. Box 1201, Jenks, OK 74037.

    Hand delivered entries must arrive at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Jenks Office, 201 Aquarium Drive, Jenks Oklahoma by 4:30 p.m., on Nov. 21, 2014. No faxed entries will be accepted.

    Click here to access the form. (.PDF)


    Past Creative Writing Competition Winners:

    2013

    2012


    2014 Conservation Education Scholarship

    Essay Contest Sponsored By: Oklahoma Station Chapter Safari Club International

    Safari Club AWLS

    Oklahoma Chapter

    Available for Educators

    Two educators will be awarded a scholarship to an eight-day conservation education school at Safari Club International’s American Wilderness Leadership School (AWLS) at Granite Ranch near Jackson, Wyoming. The AWLS program covers many different aspects of conservation education.

    Lodging, meals and training materials will be provided by Oklahoma Station Chapter Safari Club International. Transportation to Jackson, Wyoming, will be covered by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

    Educator applications are judged in categories such as:

  • Training in conservation education or environmental education programs.
  • Current programs you are conducting in your school and community with a conservation and environmental emphasis.
  • Past programs you have conducted with a conservation and environmental emphasis.
  • Teachers of state winners in the youth essay contest: Hunting: Sharing the Heritage, will receive priority consideration.
  • The AWLS program is conducted during the summer. AWLS presents an outdoor program for educators which concentrates on natural resource management and provides participants with a base knowledge from which they may evaluate conservation efforts. Participants learn about stream ecology, map and compass, language arts and creative writing in an outdoor setting, fly tying, shooting sports, wildlife management, the Yellowstone ecosystem, camping, white-water rafting, educational resources and how to implement outdoor education ideas. Six sessions will be offered June through August of 2014.

    All mailed entries must be postmarked no later than midnight Nov. 21, 2014. Address entries to: Essay Contest, Education Section Supervisor, ODWC Jenks Office, P.O. Box 1201, Jenks, OK 74037.

    Hand delivered entries must arrive at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Jenks Office, 201 Aquarium Drive, Jenks Oklahoma by 4:30 p.m., on Nov. 21, 2014. No faxed entries will be accepted.

    Click here to access the form. (.PDF)