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Your best hunting story could be worth $1,000

Your best hunting story could be worth $1,000

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SALT LAKE CITY — It seems that a good hunting story is worth more than a thousand words. A Utah publishing company has issued a call for submissions for their upcoming series of hunting adventure books, and all hunters whose stories are selected will receive a royalty payment of $1,000.

According to Carson Ward, president of L’ivoire Press, his goal is to return to the classic style of storytelling found in classics like "Green Hills of Africa" by Ernest Hemingway, "Old Man and the Boy" by Robert Ruark, and "Death in the Dark Continent" by Peter Capstick.

“We’re seeking the type of stories that many hunters only believe were possible in the 'good old days,' " Ward said. “True adventures that give you the knowledge and desire to get out and have your own experiences.”

The call for submissions is open to all hunters, even if they aren’t experienced writers.

"When we select a story, our editors always work with the author to polish it," Ward said. “So we just ask for a rough draft and then we go from there.”

To submit your hunting story for consideration, visit the submission page at The editors at L’ivoire Press will review your story, and if they feel it’s a good fit for their books, they’ll contact you to arrange payment and work with you to prepare the story for print.

L’ivoire Press is planning to release four books a year, and each will be roughly 150 pages long and contain up to five stories. Award-winning wildlife artists have been commissioned to create original illustrations to accompany each of the stories.

Hunters from around the world are invited to submit their stories. Although Ward has personally hunted in far-flung places like Cameroon and The Republic of the Congo, he insists that he’s just as excited to read about adventures here in the United States. He said L’ivoire Press is interested in stories that make the reader feel like a part of the action, “whether it be hunting the elusive bongo in the jungles of Africa or bugling elk in the wilderness of Colorado.”

Ward said that great hunting stories have always existed, but these days it can be tough to find them in print. Many hunters have experienced unforgettable adventures, but with the limited outlets available for them to showcase their stories, they are rarely shared with others.

For this reason, Ward and his team are eager to put together the first four volumes of their books, which will be available for purchase in 2014.

Grant Olsen has been writing for in 2012. He covers outdoor adventures, product reviews and other interesting things. You can contact him at

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