Jack O’Connor was the undisputed dean of outdoor writers, a world class big game hunter, wildlife conservation pioneer and influential gun editor.
Born in 1902, he presided over the “golden age” of modern big game hunting and left a rich legacy through his writing and leadership. Despite his death in 1978, his work remains fresh and continues to inspire hunters of all ages. His special contribution, in a wide and long list of accomplishments, was in educating hunters about wild sheep and sheep hunting.
To honor Jack, the Jack O’Connor Hunting Heritage and Education Center and the Wild Sheep Foundation are introducing the Jack O’Connor Writers Award. This is an annual award to be presented to the author of the best published article about wild sheep, with special focus on hunting and/or conservation. The winning author will receive a bronze bust of the legendary writer, sculpted by world renowned sculptor Jack Logozzo, especially for this contest. It will be personalized to the recipient with the winner’s name and contest date. The presentation of this award will be at the Wild Sheep Foundation “Sheep Week,” in Reno, Nevada, January 6-9, 2022.
Contest Rules & Regulations
The winner will receive a bronze bust of Jack O’Connor (shown above), sculpted by world renowned sculptor, Jack Logozzo especially for this contest and engraved with winner’s name and contest date. No other monetary consideration is implied or offered. There will only be one overall winner each year.
By submitting to the contest, the entrant agrees to abide by all contest rules.
Mail-in entries should be submitted to:
Shirley Phillips, Director
Jack O’Connor Hunting Heritage and Education Center
P. O. Box 394, Lewiston, ID 83501
Electronic entries should be submitted to:
Shirley Phillips at [email protected]
Returns and Delivery: Manuscripts cannot be returned after judging.
Entries must not require a delivery signature to receive them.
Contest deadlines and accepted publication dates: Entries must be received no later than November 1st, 2021. The winners will be notified no later than December 1st, 2021. The winner will be announced and publicly recognized during the 2022 Wild Sheep Foundation Convention.
Articles/essays published between January 1st, 2019 and October 1st, 2021 are eligible for entry in the 2022 contest.
Judging: The judging panel will be appointed jointly by the Jack O’Connor Hunting Heritage and Education Center and the Wild Sheep Foundation. The decisions of the judges are entirely their own and are final and binding.
Void by law: The contest is void where prohibited by law.
The Jack O'Connor Heritage Center
Hells Gate State Park
5600 Hells Gate Road
Hells Gate State Park, Lewiston ID 83501
Hours: Wednesday - Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
Closed Monday & Tuesday.
PO Box 394, Lewiston, ID 83501
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