Prize money offered for sailing stories

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DEC. 2 -- A total of $11,000 in prize money is up for grabs in Sail America’s 2005 John Southam Awards competition. Staff and freelance journalists who have covered sailing-related topics in non-sailing media are encouraged to enter.

The competition offers a $5,000 reward and a crystal cup trophy to the overall winner. Six additional categories — including newspapers with less than 100,000 circulation, newspapers with more than 100,000 circulation, magazine, adventure, electronic/broadcast, Web/books/documentary films and columns — will be judged, and winners will each receive certificates and $1,000 prizes. Entries must be published or produced in 2005.

“We’re encouraged by the quality of sailing-related submissions and the mix of participating media, ranging from large powerhouse to small regional and community newspapers, all of which have an equal opportunity to win, and have over the years,” Southam chief judge Sally Helme says in a release.

Sail America, the U.S. sailing trade association, established the competition in 1993 in honor of John Southam, the former publisher of Sailing World and of Cruising World. The deadline for entries is Dec. 22. For entry forms and more information, go to the award's Web site.

— Jason Fell