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Entries for the 2016 Connecticut Society of Genealogists Literary Awards & Essay Contest Now Being Accepted

The Connecticut Society of Genealogists is now accepting entries for both the Literary Awards and Essay Contest.  Submission deadline for both is July 15, 2016.  Winners for both will be notified by September 1, 2016.  Details for each are below.

5th Annual “Tell Me Your Family Story” Essay Contest

This contest is open to anyone; winner receives $100.  Entries must be related to New England and not more than 10 pages (double-spaced).  Entries could include family stories, oral histories, diary/journal excerpts, Bible record or cemetery marker transcriptions, family histories or traditions, or socioeconomic conditions affecting the life on an ancestor.  These essays must convey how it pertains to the author.  Click here (opens PDF) for full rules and entry form for this contest.

29th Annual Literary Awards Contest

This contest is open to anyone.  Grand prize winner will receive $500.  There is a $20 entry fee and two copies of the publications must be submitted.  Publications must be related to New England and have been published since 2010.  Categories for this contest are:

  • Genealogy (begins with someone in the past and works forward in time)
  • Family History (begins with someone living today or recently and works backward in time)
  • Genealogical Resource (could include cemetery abstracts, compilations, court records, etc.)

All entries should include a title page, table of contents, and index.  Books should be bound.  CDs are acceptable provided they have a fully searchable and easy-to-follow name index with page numbers.  Click here (opens PDF) for full rules and entry form for this contest.


Need some convincing to write about your genealogy research?  See my post 4 Reasons to Convert Your Genealogy Research Into Writing.

Reminder – Entries for the 2016 Dallas Genealogical Society Writing Contest Due 3/31

Don’t forget, submissions for the Dallas Genealogical Society 2016 Writing Competition are due by March 31, 2016.  You do not have to be a DGS member to enter and articles do not necessarily have to relate to the Dallas area.

Articles are to be 1,500-5,000 words in length, unpublished, and should fall into one of the following categories:

  • advanced methodologies and case studies (not limited by geography)
  • family histories and genealogies, linked to North Texas*, including those who came from or left to settle elsewhere
  • historical events in North Texas* with a local family connection
  • ethnic, house, or military histories related to North Texas*

*see official rules for definition of North Texas

Monetary prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • First Place – $500
  • Second Place – $300
  • Third Place – $150

Winners will be announced in May.

Complete details, including rules and submission guidelines, can be found here (opens a PDF).


Need some convincing to write about your genealogy research?  See my post 4 Reasons to Convert Your Genealogy Research Into Writing.

Reminder – Early-Bird Entries for ISFHWE 2016 Excellence-in-Writing Competition Due 3/15

Entries for the 2016 International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) Excellence-in-Writing Competition are now being accepted.  Submissions are due by June 15, 2016 (a discounted entry fee is offered for entries submitted by March 15, 2016). 

Both ISFHWE members and non-members are allowed to enter the competition. 

Here are the categories for this year:

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Western Michigan Genealogical Society 2016 Writing Contest

The Western Michigan Genealogical Society 2016 Writing Contest kicked off on January 1, 2016 and will run through March 30, 2016.  You do not have to be a WMGS member to enter and there is no entry fee.  Entries must be structured around the theme “Event in History & How It Affected Your Family.”

Winning entries will be published in Michigana.  Winning authors will be awarded a monetary prize as follows:

  • 1st place – $100 and an annual WMGS membership
  • 2nd place – $75 and an annual WMGS membership
  • 3rd place – $50
  • 4th place – $25

Winners will be announce in May.

Full details on the contest can be found here (opens a PDF).


Need some convincing to write about your genealogy research?  See my post 4 Reasons to Convert Your Genealogy Research Into Writing.

Entries Are Being Accepted for the 2016 Dallas Genealogical Society Writing Contest

Submissions for the Dallas Genealogical Society 2016 Writing Competition are due by March 31, 2016.  You do not have to be a DGS member to enter and articles do not necessarily have to relate to the Dallas area.

Articles are to be 1,500-5,000 words in length, unpublished, and should fall into one of the following categories:

  • advanced methodologies and case studies (not limited by geography)
  • family histories and genealogies, linked to North Texas*, including those who came from or left to settle elsewhere
  • historical events in North Texas* with a local family connection
  • ethnic, house, or military histories related to North Texas*

*see official rules for definition of North Texas

Monetary prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • First Place – $500
  • Second Place – $300
  • Third Place – $150

Winners will be announced in May.

Complete details, including rules and submission guidelines, can be found here (opens a PDF).


Need some convincing to write about your genealogy research?  See my post 4 Reasons to Convert Your Genealogy Research Into Writing.

Ohio Genealogical Society’s Annual Writing Competition for 2016

The annual writing competition for the Ohio Genealogical Society kicked off a few days ago and will run through March 1, 2016.  Both OGS members and non-members are able to compete.  Only unpublished entries are eligible.

Each of the winning articles will be published in either the Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly or the Ohio Genealogical Society News.  Monetary prizes will also be awarded as follows:

  • $50 Grand Prize – article with the highest overall score in either category
  • $25 – next highest score, awarded in each category
  • $15 – next highest score, awarded in each category

All of the competition details can be found on the OGS website.


Need some convincing to write about your genealogy research?  See my post 4 Reasons to Convert Your Genealogy Research Into Writing.

Oklahoma Genealogical Society’s 2016 Family History Writing Contest

Entries will be accepted January 1, 2016 to March 1, 2016 for the Oklahoma Genealogical Society’s 2016 Family History Writing Contest.  Everyone is invited to enter; there is no entry fee and you do not have to be a member of the society.  Submissions must be original, unpublished, and less than 2,500 words.

Complete rules, along with the entry form, can be found at the society’s website

Good luck!


Need some convincing to write about your genealogy research?  See my post 4 Reasons to Convert Your Genealogy Research Into Writing.

Entries Now Being Accepted for NIFHS’s Biennial Writing Competition

The North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS) is now accepting entries for its biennial writing competition.  You must be an NIFHS member to submit an entry.  Entries are due by April 3, 2016 and must relate to this competition’s theme “My Family Odyssey.”  The winner will receive £100 with the runners up receiving £60 and £40.

For additional details, including the official rules and entry form, visit the NIFHS website.


Need some convincing to write about your genealogy research?  See my post 4 Reasons to Convert Your Genealogy Research Into Writing.