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GENEii 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 family’s experience(s), the character of a locality, or reveal an individual’s character and personality. We feel the best articles help illuminate the human drama—and 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 Submissions may be either unpublished or previously published.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 contest’s 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 from

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.

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