Cruising North America: Contest Guidelines

Think you're the next great sailing writer? If so, we'd like to read your best coastal (or inland lake) cruising story. Please e-mail it as a Word document to sailmail@sailmagazine.com. Don't forget to include your full name, hometown and state, and daytime phone number. Please write: "Cruising North
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Think you're the next great sailing writer? If so, we'd like to read your best coastal (or inland lake) cruising story. Please e-mail it as a Word document to sailmail@sailmagazine.com. Don't forget to include your full name, hometown and state, and daytime phone number. Please write: "Cruising North America Writing Contest" in the subject line.

Guidelines

  1. Space is limited, so write tight. Entries over 1,200 words will be disqualified.
  2. One entry per person, please.
  3. Only stories set in and/or around the 50 United States and Canada will be considered—aboard your own boat or on a charter. No offshore adventures or international charter stories will be considered.
  4. As with most submissions, preference will be given to stories with accompanying photography. Feel free to include up to five digital images.
  5. Deadline is midnight, June 30, 2008 (Eastern Time). No entries will be accepted after that time.
  6. Click here for the complete SAIL magazine freelance writer and photographer guidelines. Please read them!

Sample Stories from SAIL

Too Much Fog, Too Damn Cold, Fred Bagley (March 2008)

Deja Vu All Over Again, Amy Ullrich (February 2008)

Sound of Silence, Peter Nielsen (March 2006)

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