Share Your Story, Enter to Win!

Here at 48° North, we love it when boaters of all stripes submit stories to share with this community. It is never-ending fun to hear about your adventures and ideas, your boats and boaty daydreams. As a part of our digital expansion, we thought we’d try something new: an essay contest!

Anyone is free to enter. You’re mainly playing for bragging rights (and who couldn’t use some more of those?), but this month’s winner also will receive a 48° North Swag Bag with:

  • 48° North Hat
  • One year of a standard 48° North subscription (or a year added to your expiration date if you’re already a subscriber)
  • YETI 10 oz Rambler Cup

48° North Essay Contest for May 2020

Subject-matter prompt: While it is clearly and understandably not the case this year, the month of May represents the dawn of a new boating season for many of us. From opening day celebrations to Race to the Straits, from fishing openers to the year’s first cruise to the islands… Since we are missing it this year, we invite you to write about it. What does the beginning of the boating season mean to you?

Contest Details

  • 500-1000 words on the specified prompt
  • Ideal to have at least one feature photo (possibly more), but images are not required for entry
  • Contest opening day April 20, 2020
  • Contest closes on May 8, 2020 (entries may be submitted until 4:59pm PDT on this date)
  • Winner announced May 15, 2020
  • New essay contest prompt announced May 22, 2020
  • Send your entries into

We intend to post a variety of essays right here at! Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Thanks for considering it. Now, get started on those essays!