Along with the beginning of a new decade, 2020 also marks OWAC’s 35th anniversary. As you may already know, OWAC was formed in 1985 when a small group of California members of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) decided to form a state organization. With the encouragement of other writers, Tom Stienstra wrote an inquiry letter to 75 prospective members in 1986. The reaction was so positive that by the end of that year, OWAC had 86 dues-paying members. Stienstra was named the first president and remains a strong force in the organization all these years later!
Today, members will be happy to know that OWAC is on solid ground financially, membership numbers remain strong, and we will be awarding our first Pat Vachini Scholarships this year to a few high school age aspiring outdoor journalists.
With the new year, it’s also time to pull together your best work from 2019 for recognition in our annual Excellence in Craft (EIC) awards where we recognize the best-of-the-best! Please be thinking about this and prepare your entries for submission before the deadline of March 31, 2020. Contest rules and entry forms are available on our website. The EIC awards offer a great opportunity to be recognized by your peers for your outstanding work and to promote your talents to prospective editors, publishers and to the public.
Outdoor Writers Association of California