05 October 2011

Genealogical Writing Opportunities & Contests

I have come across so many opportunities for writers to shine and show their stuff.  I have compiled a list just for you  because I am all about sharing, caring and giving.  You're welcome.

The Southern California Genealogical Society GENEii  Family History Writers Contest is now open to everyone.  There are two categories with six cash prizes of $25 - $200 Entries must be received between November 1 and December 31, 2011.  FAQ's and how to enter can be found HERE

The Connecticut Society of Genealogists literary contests are underway.  There are two different contests.  Entries for both contests are due by February 15, 2011.  Winners for both contests will be notified by April 1, 2012.  There is some serious prize money at stake here - $250 to $1000!  You can find full contest rules and entry forms HERE.

Family Tree Magazine is looking for another genealogy newbie to blog about their experiences.  Last year's winner - Nancy Shively - was such a hit, they are doing it again.  To apply for the job click on over and fill out the application HERE.

The National Genealogical Society Annual Family History Writing Contest has a deadline of December 31, 2011.  The person who compiles the most outstanding family history will receive an expense-paid trip to the next NGS Family History Conference. The benefits include travel to and from the conference, hotel accommodations, conference registration fee, and a complimentary banquet ticket.  Manuscripts meeting the requirements will be submitted to the editors of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) for consideration and will be placed in the NGS Library.  
Contest rules and how to enter can be found HERE.

The Pinellas Genealogists Family History Writing Competition deadline  is October 31, 2011.  For rules and a lists of prizes visit their website located HERE.

BCG Education Fund - Donald Mosher Memorial Award for Colonial Virginia Research  deadline December 31, 2011 - This competitive $500 Award funds scholarly research on colonial Virginia topics in the following categories:  family genealogy, immigrant place or family origin, and publication of obscure or difficult Virginia resources.  To learn more, click HERE.

Do you know of one I missed?  Please let me know in the comments section.


  1. Great list, Sheri, thanks for compiling it!

  2. You can see a few more in the list I compiled earlier this year: http://haitfamilyresearch.com/Documents/Genealogy%20Writing%20Competitions.pdf