Contest for Family History Writers

by Memoir Mentor on August 28, 2010

Each year the International Society for Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) sponsors an “Excellence in Writing” contest for its members, most of whom write articles and books related to genealogy and family history. This year’s contest is open to both members AND non-members, and both published and unpublished authors.


Your entry should fall into one of the following five categories:

  • Columns–for columns published on a regular basis, in any medium. (I assume this includes blogs.) Entries must be shorter than 1000 words and must have been published in 2010.
  • Articles–for articles published in 2010 in a journal, magazine, newsletter, or web site. Entries cannot exceed 5000 words.
  • Genealogy Research Story–for original, unpublished articles between 1000 and 3000 words focused on telling the story of genealogical research using one of these topics:  “The Search for [ancestor’s name],” “Sorting Out the Entangled Roots of [name],” or “Encounters with a Family Skeleton.”
  • Want-to-be-Writer/Columnist–for entrants aspiring to be writers or columnists in the field of genealogy, family, or local history. These submissions must be orignial and unpublished, between 500 and 1000 words.
  • Unpublished Material by Published Author–Must be genealogically related but NOT one of the subjects in Category 3. 500-3000 words.

You can download the entry form from this site: Submit entries between Oct. 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2010. Entries submitted before November 30 will receive a discount.

     Entries submitted before Nov. 30: $7.50 (members), $10 (non-members)
     Entries submitted between Nov. 30 and Dec. 31: $10 (members), $12.50 (non-members)
     Annual membership dues: $15

Send entries, along with a check for the appropriate entry fees, to

Yolanda Campbell Lifter
ISFHWE Contest Coordinator
1920 Eva Lane
Malabar, FL 32950-3219

Winners in each category will be notified by Feb. 28, 2011, and will receive a cash prize and certificate.

I say, “Go for it!” What have you got to lose? Who knows, you may soon be able to call yourself “an award-winning writer.”

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