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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Articles are to be 1,500-5,000 words in length, unpublished, and should fall into one of the following categories: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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Ohio Genealogical Society’s Annual Writing Competition for 2014

The annual writing competition for the Ohio Genealogical Society kicked off a few days ago and will run through March 1, 2014.  Both OGS members and non-members are able to compete.  Only unpublished entries are eligible and must fit the criteria of either the Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly or the Ohio Genealogical Society News

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.

Genealogy Writing Boot Camp

I received the following press release today from Hack Genealogy and thought I’d pass it along to my readers. 

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Genealogy Writing Boot Camp – November 23, 2013

Lisa Alzo and Thomas MacEntee Pool Their Talents
In Offering a Unique Online Educational Event

14 November 2013 – Chicago, IL. Do you want to write your family history in a compelling format to share with family and friends, but having trouble getting started? Perhaps you need inspiration as to format or you just want to build your writing skills. And what’s up with Microsoft Word? Are you frustrated with getting Word to work with you instead of against you? You’ll learn tips, tricks, ideas as well as Word survival skills in the upcoming Genealogy Writing Boot Camp.

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SCGS GENEii Writing Contest Underway

It’s that time again!  The Southern California Genealogical Society’s 14th Annual GENEii Writing Contest is now underway.  Entries will be accepted from now until December 31, 2013.  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.

The length of the article will determine the category it fits in:

Category 1
1,000-2,000 words
First Place – $200
Second Place – $100
Third Place – $50
Category 2
Less than 1,000 words
First Place – $100
Second Place – $50
Third Place – $25

Winners will be notified by May 1, 2014.  Winning entries may be published in SCGS’s quarterly, their website, or an anthology of winners.

For complete rules and how to enter, visit http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/geneii/index.html.

Good luck!!

ISFHWE Now Accepting Entries for 2014 Excellence-in-Writing Competition

Entries for the 2014 International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) Excellence-in-Writing Competition are now being accepted.  Submissions are due by June 15, 2014 (a discounted entry fee is offered for entries submitted by March 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.