“Let’s Go Places” Award

“Let’s Go Places” Award

College Students Invited to Apply for “Let’s Go Places” Award


The Michigan Outdoor Writers Association (MOWA), with support from Toyota Motor North America, is now accepting entries for its 2022 “Let’s Go Places” Award. College-attending Michigan residents with a demonstrated interest in communicating about the outdoors experience are eligible to compete for a prize package worth $2,500.

From issues such as but not limited to public lands, wildlife diseases, local water quality, outdoor recreational activities, environmental studies or nature writing, the possible areas of interest and expression are vast; so are the media in which one specializes: journalism, video, podcasts, nature photography, essays, books. The double intent of the award is to help students both begin to develop connections within the state’s network of outdoor communicators and to subsidize their efforts as they take the next steps toward achieving their goals.

The award package includes:
• Participation expenses and registration for MOWA’s 2022 Annual Conference
• Five years as an Apprentice Member of MOWA
• A grant for approximately $2,000; contingent upon conference attendance

While the competition is open to college students only, MOWA does not require winners to spend the grant money on academic expenses; winners are free to use the money for anything that enhances their efforts as communicators — professional equipment, for example, or workshops in their field of interest.

1. Michigan resident
2. Graduating community college student, junior or senior status or grad student at any four-year university, — out-of-state schools OK if student is a Michigan resident
3. Obey the laws governing outdoors-recreational activities and support the rights of individuals engaged in those activities
4. Attendance at the annual MOWA conference June 2-5, 2022, in Hillsdale, MI
5. Occasional progress reports
6. Application materials must be received by March 31, 2022 

How to Enter
The entry process for the “Let’s Go Places” Award comprises two steps: tell us about yourself and show us how you like to communicate about the outdoors.

Application Part I
Submit a letter of application to include:
-Name, address, phone number, email address
-College/university attending, major and minor
-Primary career goal plus outdoor communication goal if different
-Favorite area/topic to explore when communicating about the outdoors
-Preferred mode of expressing the outdoors experience (writing, video, photography, etc.)
-Special or specific classes you have taken/plan to take that will help you in meeting your communication goals
-Your ideas for how you’d spend the money if you win
-Contact information for your school’s Public Relations department

Application Part II
Submit a sample of your preferred mode of expression:
-Written (news story, essay, sample book chapter, scientific writing) – 1,000 words, maximum
-Photography/fine art – 10 photos maximum
-Video or podcast – 5 minutes maximum
-Other medium? – Ask first (tcarn39@gmail.com)

Writing, artwork or photo essay/gallery may be sent as links or PDF attachments. For videos or podcasts, please provide links.

The decisions of the judges are final.

Submit application letter and samples by March 31, 2022, to Tom Carney, tcarn39@gmail.com, Subject Line: “Let’s Go Places”