Fish story contest every now and then


When the white bass are racing and the morels are popping, people have one activity on their mind: entering the annual Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Fish Story Contest.

Spring is here and anglers are no doubt catching plenty of material for the 2022 competition. It’s a chance to bask in fish story fame, win great prizes, and become a published author on top of that.

We will be posting the winning stories and pictures of the winners here at NWA Outdoors. Not only that, we will post any story we receive on our online fish story contest site. Submit your true fish story at by May 31st to enter.

This puts you in touch with us here at Fish Story Central for easy instructions on how to submit your true fish story to the contest. Be sure to include your name and the city where you live or nearby. A phone number is also helpful. Another great feature of this online option is that people can read the stories when they come to the competition.

Writers may also mail stories to the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, PO Box 1187, Fayetteville, Ark. 72702, send.

Our trio of Fish Story judges will select a winner and you, dear reader, another winner in the Readers’ Choice division. You can also vote for your favorite through the story submission link.

Your fish story could be a true saga about something that happened yesterday at Beaver Lake or years ago in a small stream or on the open sea. Simply hand it in to us here by May 31st.

Such a serious literary competition calls for great prizes. Both winners will receive a $100 gift certificate and a bag of fishing lures that are almost guaranteed to catch the big ones on your favorite waterway.

My honorable fish story judges of this year’s competition can’t wait to read your prose. On the bench, or perhaps at her kitchen table, the Honorable Judge Holly Treat, outdoor teacher at Bentonville High School, reads. The crappie at Beaver Lake trembles in fear when Holly shows up fishing.

Pat Bodishbaugh of Fayetteville was promoted, or perhaps demoted, from Fish Story Champion to Honorable Fish Story Judge. That’s right, Pat was a winner in last year’s competition. He is an experienced creek angler and has agreed to judge although he will not be able to defend his title.

As always, the Chief Judge of the Fish Story Contest is my cat, TC. How does a cat judge a fish story contest? Stay tuned and you’ll know in June when we announce the winners and unveil the highly scientific judging ritual.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Fish Story Contest may be the only standout contest where we bend over backwards to help you win. Tip #1 is not a lengthy story that ever won the contest. In a nutshell gets the fishing lures and gift card. Think of a fish story, not a fish novel.

Spring is ideal for reeling in the fodder for a championship story. Good luck everyone in the competition and catch a bunch of fish.

Flip Putthoff can be reached at [email protected]


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