Public Lands Writing Contest

Calling all Arizona youth! Are you interested in winning prizes? Are you interested in the great outdoors? Do you like writing? Then this contest is for you. This is the Arizona Chapter of Backcountry and Angler’s inaugural writing contest. Just by sharing your knowledge and experiences on public land you can win some great gear to make your next public land adventure even more rewarding. So what are you waiting for? Check out the details below and get to writing! 

Contest Details

The Arizona Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is pleased to announce our inaugural youth writing contest. Public lands play an invaluable role in shaping our youth while giving them the opportunity to learn and explore. The purpose of this contest is to encourage youth to share their excitement for our American public lands heritage and give a chance to win some great prizes.

Contest Prizes:

  • 1st - Vortex Binoculars and Rangefinder package or hunting backpack
  • 2nd- BHA Gear Package (Hat, shirt, Nalgene, stickers)
  • 3rd - Annual BHA Membership


-This contest is open to 6th to 12th graders with two separate categories:: 6th-8th grade and 9th-12th. Parents may assist the 6th-8th grade writers although we want the kids to take the reins and the parents to support as needed.

-Each applicant is allowed one submission.

-Entries must be one page or less and may include one related image as a separate attachment.

-Entries will be judged by the AZ BHA Board based on how well the topic is developed and presented.

-All entries to be submitted via e-mail. Include a headshot or outdoor picture of writer with submission.

-Winners will be notified by email and announced on chapter social media channels and our monthly newsletter. (Writers will only be identified with the parent's permission.

Writing Topic: Writers will answer the question, "How do you define public land, and what does it mean to you? in one page or less.

What is Not Allowed: Plagiarism - It is important that all submissions are based on original thinking and context is not taken from existing sources. We will allow parents to support the 6-8th graders but the student must do the bulk of the work.

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