Call for Entries: The Third Annual Richard Collins Writing Prize for Young Pilots
The Richard Collins family has once again partnered with Sporty’s to offer The Richard Collins Writing Prize for Young Pilots. To qualify, the writer must be a pilot (including student pilot) who is 24 years of age or younger. The article must be original, not previously published, and no longer than 1,500 words. The topic should be “my most memorable or important flying lesson (with or without a flight instructor).”
The winning article will be published in Air Facts, the publication Richard’s father, Leighton, founded in 1938 and which was relaunched eight years ago by Sporty’s as an online magazine. The articles will be judged by a panel of three: Richard Collins, Jr., J. Mac McClellan, and Amy Laboda.
“Richard Collins left a rich legacy in aviation, including the many young writers he encouraged or hired,” says Sporty’s Vice President and Air Facts Editor John Zimmerman. “This prize is a great way to continue that important work and honor a great writer, and we’re thrilled that this has become an annual event.”
The winning article will be published in Air Facts, while its writer will receive a check for $2,500. The prize will be announced in April.
Articles may be submitted now through March 4, 2021, and sent in as a Word document to firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, young pilots are required to submit a 100-word bio to accompany their articles.
Read the 2020 winning article here.