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SCGS GENEii Writing Contest Underway for 2015

It’s that time again!  The Southern California Genealogical Society’s Annual GENEii Writing Contest is now underway.  Entries will be accepted from now until December 31, 2015.  You do not have to be a member of SCGS to enter, nor does your submission have to relate to California.  Entries must be family or local history articles, memoirs, or character sketches, which may or may not have been previously published.

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Entries Are Being Accepted for the Chicago Genealogical Society 2015-2016 Writing Contest

Submissions are now being accepted for the Chicago Genealogical Society 2015-2016 Writing Contest.  Entries are due by May 30, 2016.  You do not have to be a member of the CGS to enter.  According to their website, “Submissions may be either a family history that covers three to four generations, or a personal history about life in Chicago, and must demonstrate proper use of genealogical methodology, techniques, and sources.”

Monetary prizes will be awarded to the winners, and winning entries will be published in CGS’s quarterly magazine Chicago Genealogist.

For additional information, including rules and the entry form, visit the Contest page at the CGS website.

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 NGS Family History Writing Contest are Due 12/31/16

Don’t forget, entries for this year’s National Genealogical Society’s Family History Writing Contest are due by December 31, 2016.  This annual contest is open to NGS members. 

The winner receives a trip to the next NGS conference and their manuscript may be published in the NGS Quarterly

This competition is a BIG DEAL so don’t delay!

All the details can be found here.

ISFHWE Now Accepting Entries for 2016 Excellence-in-Writing Competition

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:

  • Category I – Columns.  This is for columns of original content published on a regular basis, in any medium, published in 2015. Each entry must consist of 2,000 words or less. These are entries from the author’s regular column, not features.
  • Category II – Articles.  These one-time articles (not part of the author’s column) must have been published in 2015 in a journal, magazine, newsletter, blog, or website. Entries cannot exceed 5,000 words.
  • Category III – Genealogy Newsletters.  This category is for society or family association newsletters published in 2015. Entries should consist of two issues, each submitted as a single file in PDF format. The judging will be based on originality, content, visual appeal, writing and editing quality, and accuracy. The award is to the editor of the publication.
  • Category IV – Unpublished Authors.  Entrants in this category aspire to be published writers or columnists in the field of genealogy, family or local history. The submissions in this category are original and unpublished, between 500 and 2,000 words.
  • Category V – Unpublished material by Published Authors.  This category is for original unpublished genealogy-related articles by previously published authors. Entries should be between 500 and 3,000 words.
  • Category VI – Poetry.  This category is for original content (published in 2015 or unpublished) that is related to family history.  Entries should be no longer than 1,000 words and have a title.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners of each category.  Winners will be announced in the fall of 2016. 

Complete details, including rules, judging criteria, entry fees, and the entry form, can be found here (will open a PDF file).

2015 ISFHWE Excellence-In-Writing Competition Winners Announced

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors is proud to announce the winners of the 2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition.  The winners are:

Category 1 – Columns

  • 1st Place – Ernest Thode, Ask Ernie
  • 2nd Place – James M. Beidler, Roots & Branches: Painful, poignant visit to mentor’s grave
  • 3rd Place – Maureen Wlodarczyk, Genealogy: It’s not a tree or a chart…it’s a story!
  • Honorable Mention – Michael McKeag, Where to Finish? 1 – My Family History
  • Honorable Mention – Carolyn Leonard, When the Cheering Stopped – the last years of Woodrow Wilson

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