Times outdoor columnist Nelson Sigelman wins NEOWA writing award


The New England Outdoor Writers Association (NEOWA) awarded Nelson Sigelman, Times fishing columnist and the newspaper’s managing editor, first place in the best article, newspaper category, at its annual meeting on April 2 in Oxford.

The story, “A good deed repaid during a harrowing offshore trip,” published July 28, 2010 is a first-hand account of a pleasant day fishing for tuna and mahi-mahi well south of Martha’s Vineyard that turned into a frightening overnight return trip home, at the end of a Good Samaritan’s tow rope, amid crackling lightning bolts and heaving seas.

“Quite the honor, considering there is such heavy competition in that category, congratulations,” Marc Falco, contest chairman, said in an email to Mr. Sigelman.

“An honor indeed, and not the first of its kind earned by Nelson,” Times editor Doug Cabral said this week. “Nelson follows the first rule of good writing, he writes what he knows. And does. Nelson’s writing, as well as his broader work for the newspaper, is informative and entertaining for readers, and his colleagues at The Times admire him for it all.”

NEOWA, the oldest regional outdoor writers’ organization in America, is a nonprofit, professional and educational organization.

The Times fishing page, including tide chart, fishing regulations, and timely information, returns to the print edition on May 19.