Issue: April 2008
Eyes on the Prizes

Chesapeake Bay Magazine writers take home top honors in this year's Boating Writers International competition. Again.

Every year boating writers submit their best essays and articles to the Boating Writers International Annual Writing Contest, which recognizes the top marine journalists from the U.S. and beyond with cash prizes and commemorative plaques. And every year Chesapeake Bay Magazine writers rank among the winners. CBM editors were proud as punch to see CBM writers bring home a first, second and third prize, plus seven Certificates of Merit--10 out of a total of 86 awards presented on February 15 at the Miami Boat Show. This year's contest drew two hundred journalists who submitted over 500 stories from 2007 for review by a panel of judges who are themselves active marine journalists.

First Place, Ethics and Environment category: "A Summer Guest" (April 2007).Wendy Mitman Clarke's tale of rescuing a stranded Ridley's sea turtle.

Second Place, Ethics and Environment category: "How to Build an Island," (May).Tom Horton's piece about the restoration of Poplar Island.

Third Place, Boating Column:Tim Saylesfor his monthly column "From the Editor."

Certificates of Merit:
Wendy Mitman Clarke: "Off the Charts" Monthly column
Jody Argo Schroath: "Oldies but Woodies" (November) and
"All Aboard the Historyland Express" (August)
J.V. Reistrup: "The Immortal Atomic Four" (March)
John Page Williams: "Return of the Giant" (October)
Paul Clancy: "The Future of Freedom's Fortress" (September)
Bill Mitman: "To Market, To Market" (July)