Excellence in Craft Awards

What is EIC?

The TOWA Excellence in Craft Contest is an opportunity for members in the Active, Active Retired, Life and Student membership categories to receive special recognition for journalism excellence.

Submission must be outdoor-oriented and must have been published, broadcast or distributed in Texas. 

General Requirements

Entry in the writing categories must be submitted with one completed copy.  Please provide scans of the tear sheets, not complete publications. 

If content has not been published and paid for, or used as a paid-for content in an Internet publication, it does not qualify.

For content items that entrant may want to mail in such as photos, books,  flash drives, or CDs if no digital online version is available or if the artist feels the entry will be better judged with the original physically in hand please see the mailing instructions below. 

Judges will be knowledgeable in the field they are asked to judge; as professionals, there will be no reason to delete bylines or names.

The EIC chairman will be the sole judge of any dispute or question concerning the competition.

Winners will be announced at the annual conference. All judges’ decisions are final.

For more detailed information continue reading below 


How to Submit

Each year submissions are due by December 21, 2020 and winners will be announced at the TOWA Annual Conference during the EIC Awards Banquet. 

Members can submit either online or through the mail. There is a $10.00 processing fee for each submission. 

We strongly recommend members place their submissions online even if they have to mail the content

Online

Using the link below members can submit online with their content either being live on the internet or placed in a sharable DropBox, Google Drive, Apple Cloud, or other cloud storage option. Members will be prompted to pay via PayPal or credit card per submission. If the submission requires a piece that is not able to be submitted digitally they can still fill out the form, pay online and mail their content to Herman W. Brune, 1079 FM 1890, Columbus, Texas 78934. Instructions for mailing in content are detailed below in the Detailed Requirements section. 

Mail

Mail submissions to Herman W. Brune, 1079 FM 1890, Columbus, Texas 78934 along with a check for $10.00 per submission. 

We strongly recommend members place their submissions online even if they have to mail the content. If you do not want to use the online form you can still use the PDF version here. 

If you do not want to submit your entry or pay online you can use the form below to submit your entry. Please follow all instructions given to ensure nothing is lost and there is no delay as outlined in the detailed requirements below. 


What can be Submitted? 

  • Category 1: Outdoor Photography - People
  • Category 2: Outdoor Photography - Wildlife
  • Category 3: Outdoor Radio
  • Category 4: Outdoor Television/Video
  • Category 5: Outdoor Illustrations/Graphics
  • Category 6: Outdoor Publication (Newspaper, Magazine)
  • Category 7: Outdoor Humor
  • Category 8: Outdoor Column/or Blog
  • Category 9: Outdoor Feature
  • Category 10: Outdoor News Reporting
  • Category 11: Outdoor Book
  • Category 12: Outdoor Web Page

Detailed Requirements

Notes about submitting content

Submissions should include original artwork and a tear sheet where the piece was published. Except for books, please only provide a tear sheet, not the entire publication. 

If work appeared on an Internet site, a snip of the web page or a printout will suffice as a tear sheet. 

Online Submission of Content

Entrants must include a link to a sharable drive accessible via a general web browser for their content if they are not mailing it in. 

Visual content will be printed (maximum size is 11x14) and prepared for judging by the board members along with a printout of the completed form

Mail Submission of Content

We ask that members still fill out and pay through the online option provided even if they want to mail in their content. This helps with better tracking and management of contestant entries. 

Notes for media items that entrant may mail in such as photos, books,  flash drives, or CDs if no digital online version is available or if the artist feels the entry will be better judged with the original physically in hand. 

  • Each Entry must be submitted in a separate manila envelope and include a printout of the online form email conformation or a completed printout of the PDF located here.
  • Two copies not exceeding the 11x14" size of each entry should be sent for all print and written material. Only one copy of audio/video files is required for voice and video entries on tapes, flash drives or CDs
  • Photos & illustrations should not be mounted and must have a tear sheet attached showing the photo in print/publication. If work appeared on an Internet site, a printout of the web page will suffice as a tear sheet
  • Send a $10 entry fee for each individual submission. Make all checks or money orders payable to TOWA. Do not send cash. You can include the fee for all entries on one check. If a check or copy of your on-line payment receipt is not included with your entry package, the package will be returned to you marked, “Not valid for judging”.

Category Details

Category 1) Outdoor Photography People

Photos with an outdoor-related theme. Include tear sheet or web printout and one print. A print of each photo is required for judging. No slides will be accepted.

Category 2) Outdoor Photography, Wildlife/Nature

Photos with an outdoor-related theme. Include tear sheet or web printout and one print. A print of each photo is required for judging. No slides will be accepted.

Category 3) Outdoor Radio

Presentations and programs with an outdoor theme. Date of broadcast should be verifiable by an online archive of the broadcast or a letter from the station manager included with the submission. 

Category 4) Outdoor Television/Video

Presentations and programs with an outdoor theme. Entries can be instructional videos, commercial or non-commercial television programs, video news segments, for-profit productions, non-profit, agency, etc. Entering
member’s participation must be provided on entry form i.e., producer, narrator, camera operator, etc. Also, proof of distribution bust be available on an online archive or airing must be certified by a letter of the station manager for TV and producer for video. 

Category 5) Outdoor Illustration/Graphic

Original artwork with an outdoor-related theme. Artwork must have been published and be the sole work of the member. Include tear sheet showing publication or printout of web page showing art. You do not need to send original art. IF SENDING ORIGINAL ART, mount on stock of appropriate size. 

Category 6) Outdoor Publication (Newspaper or Magazine)

Publications with an outdoor-related theme. The TOWA member submitting the entry must be responsible for overall production of the publication - editor, publisher, owner, etc. Role of the TOWA member must be included on the entry form. 

Category 7) Outdoor Fiction/Humor

Fiction or Humor article with an outdoor-related theme. Can be from newspaper, magazine, Internet publication or newsletter. For individual articles/columns, submit only tear sheets. Do not send the entire publication.
Mailed entries should include two copies (one original tear sheet and one photocopy is acceptable). 

Category 8) Outdoor Column/Blog

Bylined column on an outdoor-related topic. Can be from newspaper, magazine, Internet publication or newsletter. For individual articles/columns, submit only tear sheets. Do not send the entire publication. Mailed entries should include two copies (one original tear sheet and one photocopy is acceptable). 

Category 9) Outdoor Feature

Feature treatment of an outdoor-related topic. Sidebars and graphics can be included. Submit one full-page tear sheet including byline, date and publication. Do not send the entire publication. Mailed entries should include two copies (one original tear sheet and one photocopy is acceptable). 

Category 10) Outdoor News Reporting

Reporting of an outdoor-related issue. This is a category for articles generally considered to be objective reporting of facts and issues surrounding a topic or topics, and is to be judged by accepted standards of journalism. A series of articles on a single issue may be considered a single entry. Sidebars and graphics may be included. For individual
articles/columns, submit only tear sheets. Do not send the entire publication. Mailed entries should include two copies (one original tear sheet and one photocopy is acceptable). 

Category 11) Outdoor Book

Published book on an outdoor-related subject. Book can be fiction or non-fiction. Book must have been published during contest year. One copy of the book should be included in the entry packet, with entry forms attached to the
books. Book will be returned at conference.

Category 12) Outdoor Web Page

Web site with an outdoor-related theme. Sites should be judged on their usefulness to the public and/or outdoor communicators. Entrants should include web address on entry form, and contest chairman will pass these addresses along to judges. 

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