Recent Press Release

Boating Writers International Accepting Entries for Annual Writing Contest

Deadline for submissions is Dec. 31, 2019

(Wilmette, Ill.) – Nov. 19, 2019 – Boating Writers International (BWI) is now accepting submissions for its Annual Writing Contest, recognizing exceptional creativity in boating journalism, photography and videography. Entries are being accepted through Dec. 31, 2019 in 15 categories, which translates to $15,000 available in prize awards.

Details about the contest are included in a brochure at The electronic entry form ( provides the process for uploading entries, “doing the paperwork” and paying dues by check or PayPal or through a publisher. BWI members receive two free entries; non-members can enter at $50 apiece (or join for $100 and get the two free entries).

This year’s categories include those recently added or revised: “Boating Lifestyles,” “Boat Projects, Renovations & Retrofits,” “Boating Videos,” and “Boating Photography.” Entries in all categories are welcome, from digital-only — including blogs and on-line videos — or traditional print sources. Category definitions are included in the contest brochure.

Now in its 27th year, the BWI Annual Writing Contest recognizes the best marine writing and imaging in the world and presents cash awards to first- ($500), second- ($300) and third-place ($200) scorers in each category. Presentation of awards will be made at the Miami International Boat Show during the BWI Annual Meeting in February 2020.

About BWI

Boating Writers International is a non-profit professional organization consisting of writers, editors, broadcasters, 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. and Canada and around the world, supporting marine manufacturers and service entities, and associates in a variety of communication roles. Its website is

Greg Proteau
Executive Director, Boating Writers International