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The Spokesman-Review’s high school outdoor writing contest is accepting submissions

Summer is ending, fall is on the doorstep and it’s time for area highs school students to rev their writing engines.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018

The Spokesman-Review’s high school outdoor writing contest is accepting submissions

Are you a high school student with an itch to write about the great outdoors? Then enter The Spokesman-Review’s yearly outdoor writing contest.


Outdoor writing contest geared to high school students

It’s time for high school writers to begin thinking about fame, fortune and the great outdoors. The Spokesman-Review once again is joining the Outdoor Writers Association of America in sponsoring …


Outdoor writing: Lake Cabin story wins 2016 contest

A story by Kate Kuntz, a home-schooled junior from Chattaroy, has been judged the best of 68 entries to win The Spokesman-Review’s 2016 Outdoor Writing Contest for high school students.


Outdoor Writing: Cross Country

Tinder grass and free highway crab apples


Outdoor writing: Goat Crossing

My family owned boar Nubian pack goats in my pre-teen years. Summers were spent with goats loaded, leading them up mountain trails, listening to their orange packs full of food …


Outdoor writing: Lake Cabin Tour

Many summer days of my first 16 years were spent in a homely cabin on a slope of Lake Coeur d’Alene. The foundation was laid in the 1970s and built …


Out & About: Colfax-Pullman railway trail potential explored

A series of public workshops to gather opinions on the future of the Colfax- Albion-Pullman rail corridor are scheduled in November and December.


Outdoors writing contest geared to area teens

It’s time for high schoolers to begin thinking about fame, fortune and the great outdoors. The Spokesman-Review once again is joining the Outdoor Writers Association of America in sponsoring contests …


Top teen stories in the 2014 Outdoor Writing Contest

A story by Keely Liles, a junior at Mead High School, has been judged the best of 85 entries to win The Spokesman-Review’s 2014 Outdoor Writing Contest for high school …


Outdoor writing runner-up: Purple for the Soul

The huckleberry, for the rare Northwesterner who is oblivious to its existence, is a small, violet fruit. As legend has it, the huckleberry is untamable, an elusive entity incapable of …


Outdoor writing runner-up: Divine to the Ear

Nine Hawaiian days spent on Maui with my best friend Morghan and her mom were filled with sunshine, salt, sand, smoothies and smiles that got carried away with the wind …


Outdoor writing runner-up: Boating a Bass

Blue-green shadows play across the rough cement of


Time to start sending in writing contest entries

It’s time for high schoolers to begin thinking about fame, fortune and the great outdoors. The Spokesman-Review once again is joining the Outdoor Writers Association of America in sponsoring contests …


Huckleberry Haiku celebrates year’s bumper crop

The best huckleberry picking season in years has inspired hikers, campers, pie makers, teachers, scientists, a TV weather reporter and an internationally acclaimed


2012 Spokesman-Review contest finalists win national writing honors

Two of the four finalists in The Spokesman-Review 2012 High School Outdoor Writing Contest advanced to win national honors and cash rewards on the national level. Darby Martin, a sophomore …


Outdoor Writing Contest: Superfund time on the Duwamish

There’s no bonding experience quite like a father-son fishing trip. I recall canoeing in Z Canyon with Dear Old Dad, interrupted by nothing but the distant hush of the falls, …


Outdoor Writing Contest: Memory slope

I just woke up Too excited to change


Outdoor Writing Contest: Detail’s in the Devils

In eighth-grade earth science we learned all about mountains. Sitting on top of the molten core of the Earth, continent-sized tectonic plates drift imperceptibly due to currents in the magma …


Outdoor Writing Contest winner: Frozen Turkey

I clearly remember that bone-chilling Saturday morning in the blind. The heat of a long hike made me welcome the cold at first, but within 5 minutes, I felt as …


Outdoor Writing Contest finalist: Pecking Order

My family has a knack for acquiring unexpected pets. The parakeets were the first. We were just babysitting the two birds for a couple days, but the owner did not …


Outdoor Writing Contest Successful Hunt

When fall finally arrived, I had been itching to go hunting for a month. Pa and I always set up a wall tent from an old 1930s logging camp. We …


Outdoor Writing Contest finalist: Dueling Predators

It is still dark as the boy quietly closes his truck door. Rifle in his hand and coyote on his mind, he starts on his way. Darkness and cold closes …


Annual Outdoor Writing Contest open to high schoolers

It’s time for high schoolers to begin thinking about fame, fortune and the great outdoors. The Spokesman-Review is again joining the Outdoor Writers Association of America in sponsoring a contest …