2008 Writing Awards

by Frank Zurey

The Judges

Printed and Web Writing

Award-winning nature writer Mary Taylor Young has been writing professionally for over 20 years. She has published nine books and hundreds of articles, and her “Words on Birds” column has appeared in the Rocky Mountain News since 1993. 

Two of Mary’s books have been regional bestsellers and two have been finalists for the Colorado Book Award. Her titles include The Guide to Colorado Birds, On the Trail of Colorado Critters: Wildlife Watching for Kids and Land of Grass and Sky: A Naturalist’s Prairie Journey. Mary writes from her home in Castle Rock, Colorado where she lives with her husband and daughter and many wild neighbors.

TV, Movie & Video, and Books & Scripts for same

Russ Bromby was editor of Colorado Outdoors magazine and chief of communications for the Colorado Division of Wildlife during a 30-year career with the State of Colorado. A former member and past president of RMOWP, Russ retired from the Division of Wildlife in 2002 and now works at what he chooses.

The Awards

21 written works were submitted.

Books and Scripts for TV/Movie/Video

1st Tom Bishop The Great Mormon Cricket Fly- Fishing Festival and Other Western Stories
2nd John Catsis Fulltimers
3rd Robert Stone Day Hikes in Hawaii

Newspaper articles/columns/editorials

1st Angelo Sciulli “No-Kill Animal Shelter”
2nd Angelo Sciulli “Ford Tough Rodeo”
3rd Angelo Sciulli “Mussels – Barometer of Water Quality”

Magazine articles/columns/editorials

1st John Catsis “The Catwalk at Whitewater Canyon” Wheelin’ Sportsman magazine, Summer 2007
2nd Tom Bryant “Learning the Ropes on the Lovelace” El Defensor Chieftain newspaper, July 2007
3rd John Catsis “Polished Silverton” Motorhome magazine, July 2007

Newsletter Writing of Any Kind

1st Jack Olson “Colorado’s Best Wildflowers Hikes”
2nd Jack Olson “More Conference Side Trips”
3rd Jack Olson “The Show-Me State Showed Me”

Web Writing

1st Al Perry “Recipes for Panoramas” naturescapes.com