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Writing Contest Overview
The GENEii Writing Contest is for factual articles: either family history
or local history, character sketches, or memoirs. Winning entries capture a
sense of a familys experience(s), the character of a locality, or reveal
an individuals character and personality. We feel the best articles help
illuminate the human dramaand will also illuminate the era, and/or the
historical or social context of the subject.
Prizes are awarded in two categories. Category 1 is for articles between 1,000
and 2,000 words in length. Category 2 is for articles under 1,000 words in length.
Both categories are for family history or local-history stories, memoirs, or
character sketches. Submissions may be either unpublished or previously published.
The GENEii Writing Contest is open to the public and is presented each
year by the SCGS. Entries must be received between November 1 and December 31.
The contest closes on December 31 for each calendar year. Winners are notified
individually by May 1st of the following year. A listing of winning entries
is posted on the SCGS website and the winners' names will be printed in the
summer issue of The Searcher, the quarterly journal of SCGS.
Entrants grant SCGS the one-time right to publish their articles in the
SCGS journal The Searcher; and/or the SCGS website; and/or to publish
their article in an anthology of winning entries. Previously published articles
should include permission to reprint from the prior publisher.
In November, 2005, Heritage Books, Inc. published an anthology of some of
the most memorable entries to our contest in the contests first five years.
The anthology is called Celebrating
Family History. It is available for $5
plus shipping and handling through the SCGS shopping cart. View a
list of family names included in this anthology. It is also available
A number of previous winning entries have been published in the SCGS
quarterly, The Searcher. A limited number of past issues are available
for $5 plus shipping and handling. Contact SCGS for more information.