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Winners Announced for the 2013 GENEii Family History Writers Contest

A big congratulations to all the winners of the Southern California Genealogical Society’s 2013 GENEii Family History Writers Contest.  Below is the list of winners in each of the two categories.  Winning entries will be published in The Searcher, which is the quarterly journal of SCGS, at the editor’s discretion.  Also, be thinking about entries for the 2014 GENEii contest, which will start on November 1, 2014.

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Massachusetts Society of Genealogists 2014 Writing Contest

Entries for the 2014 Massachusetts Society of Genealogists (MSOG) Writing Contest are due by August 15, 2014.  You must be a member of MSOG to participate.   

Entries must be original content (i.e., not previously published) and relate to genealogy or family history.  “Submissions could be a three-generation family study, tell an interesting story about parents and children, or provide a brief solution to a genealogical problem.” 

Complete details can be found here.

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

Reminder – Entries for ISFHWE Excellence-in-Writing Competition Due 6/15

Entries for the 2014 International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) Excellence-in-Writing Competition are due by June 15, 2014.   

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 2013. 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 2013 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 2013. 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  • Category IV – Unpublished Authors.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 genealogically-related articles by previously published authors. Entries should be between 500 and 3,000 words.
  • Category VI – Poetry. NEW THIS YEAR!  This category is for original content (published in 2013 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 at 2013 FGS Conference in August.

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

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 Minnesota Genealogical Society Family History Writing Competition

Submissions are now being accepted for the 6th Annual Minnesota Genealogical Society Family History Writing Competition.  Entries are due by 15 July 2014.  Winning entries will be published in the MGS quarterly Minnesota Genealogist.

You do not have to be a member of MGS to enter, nor do entries have to relate to Minnesota.  Entries, however, must not have been previously published and must fall into one of the following to categories:

  • Problem-Solving – articles demonstrating research and source documentation (3,000 word max)
  • Family Story – articles engaging the reader in persons, place, and time (2,000 word max)

For additional information and rules, see Contest Rules (opens a PDF).  The entry form can be found here (opens a Word document).

Writing-Related Sessions at NGS 2014

The National Genealogical Society 2014 Family History Conference will be held in Richmond, Virginia, from May 7-10, 2014.  There are so many sessions available, covering a wide array of topics.  Following is a list of the writing-related sessions.  The entire schedule can be found on the NGS Conference website. 

Also, there will be some sessions that will be streamed live, for a fee (see my post Watch Up to 10 Sessions From the 2014 NGS Conference At Home – The 411 and My Thoughts).  Registration for the live streaming ends April 30, so hurry over and register.

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Entries Are Being Accepted for the 2014 Dallas Genealogical Society Writing Contest

Submissions for the Dallas Genealogical Society 2014 Writing Competition are due by April 1, 2014.  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

Monetary prizes will be awarded as follows:

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

Winners will be announced in July.

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.

Writing-Related Presentations at RootsTech 2014

RootsTech 2014 will be held February 6-8, 2014, in Salt Lake City.  Over those three days, attendees will have plenty of lecture sessions to choose from.  I though I’d share a list of presentations that may be of interest to you that relate to writing your family history.  I’ve also included presentations related to sharing your family stories in ways other than writing.

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