2013 Writing Awards

by Frank Zurey

Winners in the writing portion of the 2013 Contest were announced at the conference in Fruita, Colorado. There were 12 written works submitted in this year’s contest.

Writing Judge – Mary Taylor Young

Award-winning nature writer Mary Taylor Young has been writing professionally for over 20 years. She has published 13 books and hundreds of articles in periodicals such as Ladies Home Journal, Outside, and Wildlife Conservation. Mary writes from her home in Castle Rock, Colorado where she lives with her husband and daughter and many wild neighbors.

The Awards

Best of Show

Virginia E. Parker Staat for her essay “Winter Texans in Aransas,” in Stories from Where We Live: The Gulf Coast, Milkweed Editions 2002. Published in the July-August 2013 issue of Rocky Mountain Outdoors.

Newspaper or Magazine articles/columns/editorials

1st Bob Good “A Three-Peat on Elk,” Crossbow Connection, February, 2013
2nd Bob Good “Carbon-fiber Crossbows,” Crossbow Connection, February, 2013
3rd Maryann Gaug “Managing Wildfire,” letter to the editor, Summit Daily, July 5, 2012

Newsletter and Web Writing

1st Jack Olson “This Could Be the Death of Me” Rocky Mountain Outdoors, Nov/Dec 2012
2nd Jack Olson “Wildlife Close to Home” Rocky Mountain Outdoors, May/Jun 2012
3rd Maryann Gaug “The Ancient World near Colorado National Momument” Rocky Mountain Outdoors, Nov/Dec 2011


1st Virginia E. Parker Staat “Winter Texans in Aransas,” an essay in Stories from Where We Live: The Gulf Coast, Milkweed Editions 2002
2nd Robert Stone Day Hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains, Day Hike Books, 2012
3rd Maryann Gaug Best Easy Day Hikes: Vail, FalconGuides, 2013