ISFHWE Annual Writing Contest

Thanks to Myra Gormley for sharing this with us!

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is sponsoring its annual “Excellence in Writing” competition to recognize excellence in genealogical columns and articles. The contest is open to all members of ISFHWE, both published and unpublished authors.

Contest entrants must be members of ISFHWE, which is open to all. The contest is judged by professionals in the fields of genealogy and journalism. The contest has four categories — newspaper columns, published articles, unpublished genealogy research stories (Category III) and Category IV is for “want-to-be” writers in the field of genealogy/family history or local history. Submissions in the latter category should be original and unpublished and between 500 and 1,000 words. Do you have a story to tell about your ancestors or hometown? Here’s your opportunity.

Ancestry Magazine has again agreed to consider publishing the first-place winner in Category III — the genealogy research story. Upon acceptance and publication, the author will be paid up to $500.

Winners in each category will be awarded a cash prize and a certificate. The awards presentation will take place at the Gala ISFHWE Awards Banquet to be held at the National Genealogical Society conference in Richmond, Virginia, 16 May 2007. (Those unable to attend will receive their awards after the conference.)

Entries must be received no later than 15 February 2007. Employees and current contract writers for or its parent,, Inc., are ineligible to submit to Category III.

Rules, tips, membership information and the entry form are available at:

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