Last week at the Miami Boat Show, I won my first (and second) writing awards, as part of the Boating Writers International annual contest. The two stories were about topics very near and dear to my heart: Olympic sailing and stand up paddling (with kayaking thrown in for good measure/comparison). And both are great examples of “stories with heart,” the ones that get those many extra hours of editing, the careful word choices, and (maybe most importantly of all), a lot of late night/early morning woolgathering, long after the first draft has been completed.
I won two: my colleague, fishhead Lenny Rudow, won 4 (plus several certificates of merit). Lenny gallantly points out that I also submitted far fewer stories…
Read about Olympic Broach: The No Good Very Bad Windiest Day
Read about Simple Boating: Which is More Fun, Kayak or SUP?
These awards both came with a cash prize, but long after that money is spent I will still remember the honor of being recognized by my writing peers for two jobs well done.
And now the challenge is on for 2015…
Read the announcement on boats.com: Recognized. Extraordinary Writing by the boats.com Team
To see what other writers won (including Lenny), read the Boating Writers International press release.
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