This annual competition recognizes and rewards excellence in outdoor communication and promotes craft improvement. It is open to all members of the Outdoor Writers of Canada "in good standing".

Click on the files below for more information on the categories available, the Rules of Submission and for entry forms. Please note that we have made significant changes to the Rules of Submission, so please read them carefully:

Deadlines: All submissions, except the National Fishing Week Awards, must be RECEIVED on or before February 22, 2018. Submissions and entry fees (cheques made payable to Outdoor Writers of Canada) are to be sent to:

Adrienne Radford
940 Wallbridge Place, N.W.
Edmonton, AB  T6M 2L7


The Pete McGillen Award is presented annually (when warranted) to a member of the Outdoor Writers of Canada who has, over the years, best reflected the aims and objectives of the organization. The award honours the memory of one of Canada's most outstanding outdoors writers.

Leo (Pete) McGillen (1908 - 1973) was one of the most productive and active outdoor writers in Canada. He was the first full-time Outdoors Editor of The Toronto Telegram, the first such position of its kind on a daily newspaper in Canada. He also served as the City Editor for The Peterborough Examiner for 11 years. He broadcast a weekly outdoors show, "Outdoors with Pete McGillen", over CFRB radio in Toronto and was a regular contributor to the CBC Sportsmen's Show on radio. According to a Canadian Press survey of the day, he was "the most widely quoted outdoor writer in Canada." Named to the Fishing Hall of Fame in Chicago in 1954, he was also inducted into the Canadian Sportsmen's Hall of Fame and the Peterborough Sports Hall of Fame. He was a director of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, and a life member of five and honorary member of nine fish and game clubs in Ontario. McGillen was a director of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the president of the OWC in 1960. He published a collection of his newspaper and radio writings, Outdoors with Pete McGillen, in 1955 (Ryerson Press). His writings and broadcasts covered the full spectrum of outdoor experiences, from hunting and fishing to nature appreciation, conservation and the value of national parks for all to enjoy.

The award recognizes members who, during their professional careers, have met the following criteria:

  1. Stimulated interest and appreciation of the Outdoor Writers of Canada.
  2. Stimulated high standards of craftsmanship among professionals concerned with outdoor communications.

Judges may use the following activities, either singly, or in any combination, as a base for making the award:

  1. Participation in the Outdoor Writers of Canada to promote excellence in journalism.
  2. Outstanding service to the Outdoor Writers of Canada, e.g., assistance and guidance to those beginning in the various fields of outdoor communication; continued effort toward enhancing benefits of services to members.
  3. Continued excellence in the written word, public speaking, broadcasting of TV presentation that stimulate interest and awareness in the Outdoor Writers of Canada, or the promotion of wildlife or habitat protection and/or rehabilitation projects.

Nominations must be signed by at least two members in good standing of the OWC and include a brief biography of the nominee and a summary of his/her accomplishments and achievements.

Nominations for the Pete McGillen Award are to be submitted to the Executive Director, T.J. Schwanky, at:
Outdoor Writers of Canada, PO Box 934, Cochrane, Alberta T4C 1B1
and must be postmarked
no later than February 15, 2018

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