23 October 2017

It’s Never Too Early to Consider Writing About Your Research and Submitting it to a Contest

It’s Never Too Early to Consider Writing About Your Research and Submitting it to a Contest

Sharing our research with others, whether families or the broader community is very important. Why put in all that hard research effort to let what you’ve done gather dust?!?!  By sharing our research, everyone benefits whether directly or indirectly related to you – either through family connections, education about records and strategies, or more.

Consider entering one of these competitions.  Many have deadlines coming up!


NGS sponsors a few contests based on family history research and writing. The deadline for submissions is 15 December 2017.


We recently announced the 2017 winners of the ISFHWE Excellence-in-Writing Competition. Since 1 October 2017, entries are being accepted for the 2018 edition.

This gives you family history writers plenty of time to make submissions in any of the 6 available categories:
·        Category 1 – Published Columns
·        Category 2 – Published Articles
·        Category 3 – Genealogy Newsletters
·        Category 4 – Unpublished Material by Unpublished Authors
·        Category 5 – Unpublished Material by Published Authors
·        Category 6 – Poetry and Music Lyrics

All the important details are found here.

Consider submitting on behalf of your own writing or on behalf of what you consider a particularly stellar genealogy newsletter.

Ohio Genealogical Society

The Ohio Genealogical Society sponsors a Writing Competition and awards prizes! Entries are accepted from 1 September through 31 December 2017.

Rules and style guide available here.

Chicago Genealogical Society Writing Contest

A contest designed to encourage those with a Chicago connection in their family history to share their genealogical research in narrative format.

Entries are accepted 1 April – 31 December 2017 and details can be found here.

Western Michigan Genealogical Society 2018 Writing Contest

This year’s theme is Family Tradition …
Traditions often enrich and strengthen family bonds and create fond memories. Whether they are stories, activities, or beliefs handed down from generation to generation, it’s important to preserve your family traditions for future generations. WMGS encourages you to write about one of your family’s traditions. They may occur daily, weekly, monthly or yearly, and revolve around military, holidays, or her special occasions. Some may be humorous or unusual.

Entries are accepted 1 January – 15 March 2018.  Full details are here.

MASSOG Writing Contest

The Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc. (MASSOG) holds a writing contest.  For the first time, in 2018, the competition will be open to non-members who pay a submission fee.

Deadline for submissions is 1 August 2018.  Full details are here.

Which competition will you be entering?

What other genealogy writing-related competitions do you know of?

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