Recent Press Release

Boat Writing Contest Launches With New Category

Awards Purse of $17,000 Reflects 17 Categories


WILMETTE, Ill. – Nov. 14, 2013 – Boating Writers International (BWI) is now accepting entries to its 21st Annual Writing Contest. The awards recognize excellence in boating, fishing and travel journalism among 17 categories including a new category, “Boat Projects, Renovations & Retrofits.” Each of the 17 categories will award $500 for first place, $300 for second place, and $200 for third place to a total of 51 recipients.

Last year’s contest attracted 142 participants submitting 370 entries. Each category will be judged by four active journalists in the first few weeks of 2014. Awards and plaques are presented to the winners at the Miami International Boat Show in February 2014.

BWI members in good standing receive two free submissions to the contest; non-members can enter the contest at $50 for each submission, the same cost as an annual Active membership in BWI.

A digital contest brochure has been distributed to the BWI members with notice sent to additional major writer groups who cover boating and fishing. It provides contest details and rules. Deadline for entries is Dec. 31, 2013. The entry process can be found at:

The complete 2013 list of categories and sponsors includes:

1. Boating Columns, KVH Industries
2. Boating Lifestyles, Discover Boating
3. Boating Profiles, ZF Marine
4. Boating Travel or Destinations, Martin Flory Group
5. Boating Adventures, Yamaha Marine Group
6. Boat/Engine Care & Maintenance, Interlux Yacht Finishes
7. Electronics, Jeppesen Marine
8. Ethics & Environment, West Marine
9. Fishing, Suzuki Motor Corp.
10. Boating Issues, News & Analysis, Mercury Marine
11. The Business of Boating, Home Port Marine Marketing
12. Seamanship, Rescue & Safety, Sea Tow Services International
13. Technical Writing, Dometic Marine
14. Boat Tests & Reviews, Volvo Penta
15. Gear & Product Tests, Xantrex Technology Inc.
16. Boat Projects, Renovations & Retrofits, Awlgrip North America
17. Online Excellence, National Marine Electronics Association

About Boating Writers International

BWI is a non-profit professional organization consisting of writers, broadcasters, editors, publishers, photographers, public relations specialists and others in the communications profession associated with the boating industry. Members include active marine journalists across the U.S., Canada and around the world, supporting marine manufacturers and service entities, and associates in a variety of communication roles. Its website is


Greg Proteau
Boating Writers International
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