October 2012 Newsletter, Special Edition
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Southeastern Outdoor Press Association
I had the great good fortune to win three awards at the
(SEOPA) conference held in Johnson City, Tenn., in late
September. Each year SEOPA holds an excellence in craft
competition, comprised of several categories, for its 500
individual and corporate members.
My book, The Literature of Turkey Hunting: An Annotated Bibliography
and Random Scribblings of a Sporting Bibliophile, won two first
place awards. One in the Outdoor Entrepreneur category for promotional
efforts connected with selling the work and the second as the best
outdoor book of the year.
A contribution to the National Rifle Association’s magazine, American
Hunter, entitled “Signaling Spring” (on the eager anticipation
connected with the opening day of turkey season) garnered third place
honors in the Magazine Short Feature category.
Copies of the
award-winning book, The Literature of Turkey Hunting, are still
available. However, it
was published in a signed and numbered limited edition of 750 copies,
and they won’t last long.
your copy today for just $100
postage and insurance).
You can order using PayPal, or
just send a check to Jim Casada, 1250 Yorkdale Drive, Rock Hill, SC
South Carolina Outdoor Press Association
More recently, the
state outdoor writers group here in the Palmetto State, the South Carolina Outdoor
announced its annual awards.
I was greatly honored
to garner two first place and three second place awards in three
categories. Two of the pieces appeared in The Herald, the local
daily newspaper in Rock Hill, S.C., where I live, while the other three
SCOPe awards were for contributions to the Smoky Mountain Times,
the weekly newspaper in Bryson City, N.C., where I grew up and enjoyed a
Here are the details
on these awards:
2nd place in Newspaper Feature category for “November is
a Time for Nostalgia,” Smoky Mountain Times, Nov. 10 & 17,
2nd place in Editorial/Opinion category for “Problems
with Kitty Cats,” The Herald,
2nd Place in Column category for “’Bull-headed
Contrariness’ a Mountain Trait,” Smoky Mountain Times, Mar.
1st place in Editorial/Opinion category for “Pocket
Knives Deserve Praise in These Times,” Smoky Mountain Times,
June 28, 2012.
1st Place in Column category for “Paying it Forward—The
Feminine Equation,” The Herald, Mar. 11, 2012.
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