Contest Guidelines

2018 Award in Craft Rules

Please read through the 2018 rules as some changes have been made in several categories. These changes have been recommended by our judging coordinators and the AIC Committee, and should make the entry process easier for submissions as well as offering some new award opportunities. We also have some new judge coordinators this year, so be sure to completely read through the 2018 rules before submitting your work.

Good luck!

The complete AIC Contest Rules, Entry Forms and Instructions are available here:

2018 AIC Official Rules

2018 AGLOW AICEntry Form

HSS Partners with AGLOW Media Members to Help Eradicate Treestand Hunting Accidents

DANVILLE, Ala. (June 26, 2017) – Each year, thousands of hunters are injured in treestand accidents. In fact, according to the Treestand Safety Awareness Foundation (TSSA), there are about 4,000 emergency room visits per year due to treestand falls. Of those visits, an average of 23 result in a death each year. While the number of fatalities from treestand accidents continues to decline, the ultimate goal is still zero. In an effort to meet that goal, Hunter Safety System, the industry leader in treestand safety, is asking AGLOW (Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers) media members to raise awareness about the importance of proper treestand safety through their professional outlets. In return, HSS will present cash awards for the top three-published/aired treestand-safety stories.

This contest will begin immediately and will run through Sept. 1, 2018. Winners will be announced at the 2018 AGLOW conference at Bismarck, North Dakota. Prizes will be $500 for first place, $250 second place and $100 for third place. All published/aired stories need to be submitted to Karen Lutto at by midnight Aug. 31, 2018. Submissions must be written and published between June 16, 2017 and August 31, 2018.

“All treestand accidents are preventable,” said Jay Everett, marketing manager. “We hope that by partnering with the media to promote safety measures when hunting from a treestand, we will educate more people and help them avoid serious injury or a fatality.

“We want to make sure that every hunter that goes into the woods also comes back out in the same condition.”

Any active AGLOW media member is welcome to submit published/aired pieces of work. For additional information or questions, please feel free to contact Lutto at 830-755-4308 or email

Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Danville, Ala., Hunter Safety System is a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative deer hunting gear and hunting equipment for the serious hunter. The company has exclusive rights for use of ElimiShield in the hunting industry. For additional information, write to: The Hunter Safety System, 8237 Danville Road, Danville, AL 35619; call toll-free 877-296-3528; or visit

Chautauqua County, NY – 2018 AGLOW Outdoor Writing Contest

$400 in CASH PRIZES, Hotel Weekend, Free Charter Trip
You may join us before you write, FREE FISH CAMP Invitation!

Publish Period
June 31, 2017 – July 1, 2018

Submission Deadline
July 10, 2018

Outdoor Adventure

Entry Fee
Free. Sign up with direct entry to CCVB (email below).

Need to Know More About Chautauqua County? Join Us at FISH CAMP 2018!
Free Invitation. Fish camp trips will target giant musky and largemouth bass on Chautauqua Lake, monster walleye and smallmouth bass on Lake Erie, Lake Erie jumbo yellow perch, steelhead in several of our many tributary streams and there is crappie fishing fun too. Your only requirement is to get yourself to the Fish Camp location we will provide to you. We’ve got you covered.

1st Prize: $250 Cash, +free weekend hotel reservation, +free charter fishing trip
2nd Prize: $125 Cash
3rd Prize: $75 Cash

For this writing competition, tempt us with your creative outdoor story. Deliver a sense of urgency to join the fun of any Chautauqua County outdoor adventure with your compelling message. Your story can be about fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, kayaking, boating or anything outdoors, including our grape country – wine tasting, hops farming (microbreweries), etc. Please email submissions as a PDF, if possible. No limit on number of submissions.

Fish Camp Dates:
Jun. 4 – 7, 2018: Trophy Smallmouth Bass
Aug. 6 – 9, 2018: Walleye, Bass
Oct. 9 – 12, 2018: Musky, Bass, Steelhead options
To request a reservation for the free Fish Camp trip, contact Dave Barus at or call 716-597-4081 directly.

Email contest entries to Andrew Nixon.
Andrew Nixon
Phone: 716-450-4569

US Mail address:
Chautauqua County Vacations Bureau
PO Box 1441, Main Gate
Chautauqua, NY, 14722.

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