FYI - SixStates.net is holding its first-ever New England Outdoors Writing Contest. Stories should be about subjects covered by the site -- hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, climbing, surfing, etc. -- and must pertain to New England. Nominated stories receive $25 and the Grand Prize Winner receives an additional $200. Submission deadline is Sept. 1, 2010, and the winner will be announced in December. Submissions should be sent to editors@sixstates.net.

For more info, check out the contest rules and info at www.sixstates.net/writingcontest.htm.