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Posted:
September 5, 2008




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Bill Vint
USBC Communications
(800) 514-2695 ext. 3230
bill.vint@bowl.com On the Web: bowl.com

September 5, 2008

USBC RENEWS NEWS MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS AWARDS PROGRAMS

GREENDALE, Wis. - The United States Bowling Congress has renewed its expanded news media and communications awards programs, designed to recognize excellence in communicating news and information about the sport of bowling to the American bowling public at all levels.

The recognition program, sponsored by USBC’s official membership publication, US Bowler, will feature cash prizes for bowling writers, USBC local or state associations and photographers. The US Bowler Writing Contest winners will be recognized during the Bowling Writers Association of America’s annual meeting in Las Vegas next June while the association award winners will be recognized during the 2009 USBC Convention in Reno, Nev., in April 2009.

USBC’s 57th annual Writing Competition for mainstream media outlets will award first, second and third-place cash prizes of $500, $300 and $200 in editorial, news and photography categories, and five cash prizes of $500, $400, $300, $200 and $100 in the feature writing category.

For the second year, USBC will sponsor $500, $300 and $200 prizes to local or state associations for grassroots media efforts in best newsletter, best Web site and best overall communications program categories.

2008 US BOWLER WRITING COMPETITION RULES
1. Postmark deadline for entering the 2008 US Bowler Writing Competition is Jan. 31, 2009.

2. Editorial, Feature, News and Photography submissions must have been published or broadcast between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2008. Entries must be original clippings from the respective publication; printouts from materials published on Internet websites, and/or tape or CD of materials from radio or television.

3. Materials that appeared in US Bowler, US Youth Bowler or on bowl.com are ineligible.

4. Entry guidelines for the four US Bowler categories are:
  1. FEATURE - A non-fiction story concerning any individual, facility, equipment or organization related to tenpin bowling involvement.
  2. EDITORIAL - Any opinion expressed in the media concerning a tenpin bowling related subject.
  3. NEWS - A tenpin bowling related story written under deadline with proof of following day publication.
  4. PHOTOGRAPHY - Still photograph or a video clip not to exceed one minute in length that is pertinent to tenpin bowling and was published/aired by a commercial outlet (print publication, television or Internet).
5. Cash prizes in Feature will be $500, $400, $300, $200 and $100. Cash prizes in Editorial, News and Photography will be $500, $300 and $200.

6. The winner in each category also will receive a paid one-year membership in the Bowling Writers Association of America, provided by the United States Bowling Congress.

7. Entries should be unmounted, clearly identified as to author as well as name and date of publication. Author's name, mailing address and social security number must be included with the entry. Entries will not be returned.

8. Photo entries must not exceed 8 x 10 inches. Digital photos may be submitted in high-resolution JPEG format (send via e-mail to: Bill.Vint@bowl.com). Video files must be submitted on CD or DVD in a suitable Windows Media Player format.

9. Entries are limited to two per author in each division.

10. Send entries to: US Bowler Writing Competition, 621 Six Flags Dr., Arlington, TX 76011.

US BOWLER USBC ASSOCIATION MEDIA AWARDS RULES

1. Postmark deadline for entering the 2008 US Bowler USBC Association Media Awards Competition is Jan. 31, 2009.

2. Submissions must have been produced between Jan. 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2008.

3. This awards competition is open exclusively to USBC local and state associations, or agents contracted to represent those associations.

4. Entry guidelines for the three award categories are:
  1. NEWSLETTER - Two complete, original sample issues of newsletters produced by/for your association must be submitted along with an official entry form (found on bowl.com). Newsletters will be judged based upon excellence in content and design. Include the newsletter editor’s name.
  2. WEB SITE - Web sites serving USBC local or state associations only will be judged based upon excellence in content and design. Information must be submitted on an official entry form (found on bowl.com). Include the Web master’s name.
  3. OVERALL COMMUNICATIONS/PUBLIC RELATIONS PROGRAM - Associations will be judged based upon a variety of factors (newsletter, Web site, placement of news/coverage in local news media outlets, originality and professionalism). Details must be included on the official entry form (found on bowl.com).
5. Entries must include the name of the recipient (individual or organization) for any prize money won, along with a mailing address and social security number, if applicable. Entries will not be returned.

6. Cash prizes of $500, $300 and $200 will be awarded to the top three associations in each category.

7. Entries are limited to one per association in each division.

8. Official entry forms are posted on bowl.com under the “Association” tab.

9. Send entries to: US Bowler USBC Association Media Awards Competition, 621 Six Flags Dr., Arlington, TX 76011.

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