Champlain Area Trails has launched its spring travel writing contest.
“We invite people to write about using the trails, patronizing local businesses and visiting New York’s Champlain Valley,” said Chris Maron, CATS executive director. “The winning entry will win $500 and People’s Choice prize is $250 so it is definitely worth the effort. All the entries will be on our website and linked to many others making it a good way to promote the valley and give exposure to writers.”
CATS is coordinating a series of travel writing contests to boost the local economy through outdoor recreation based tourism.
“People research vacation destinations online, so as they look into visiting the northeast, we want them to see these articles about New York’s Champlain Valley and get inspired to come here, enjoy the outdoors, visit local businesses, and tell others about this beautiful area,” added Maron.
The trail group’s first travel writing contest concluded in December with first prize awarded for an article jointly written by a ninth grade student and his tutor in Westport and the People’s Choice prize to a young mother who named her baby while hiking a CATS trail.
CATS wants to compile travel articles describing visits throughout the year to encourage more year-round tourism.
The CATS travel contest, underwritten with a grant from the J.C. Kellogg Foundation, will run through April 30 with prizes awarded at the Celebrate Champlain Area Trails Event in Essex on National Trails Day, June 2. Entrants should submit 800- to 1,300-word articles with two to six photos. For full details go online at www.champlainareatrails.com/contest.
CATS is a local non-profit organization whose purpose is to develop hiking/skiing trails that link Champlain Valley communities, connect people to nature, promote economic vitality, and protect habitat and scenic vistas.