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2015 GENEii Family History Writers Contest Winners

By Pam Wiedenbeck, SCGS, FCHSC
Coordinator, GENEii Family History Writing Contest

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 GENEii Family History Writers Contest. The contest honors writers who show mastery in the genres of Memoir and Literary Non-fiction.

This year's contest had 107 entries from 94 authors. While this is smaller than last year's participation, the response was again global. There were 33 stories of fewer than 1,000 words and 74 stories containing between 1,000 and 2,000 words.

26 of the 50 states were represented. In addition, we have entries from Australia, Canada, India, Indonesia, The Philippines, Russia, Great Britain, Israel as well as one from a US Military APO address.

Many thanks to all the authors who collectively contributed these 107 entries making this a very successful GENEii Contest. The winning submissions will be published in The Searcher during 2016 and 2017 at the editor's discretion. All winning entries from past years can be found on the SCGS Website.

Category 1: submissions from 1,000 to 2,000 words

  • First Place - Edna Briggs - Registering to Vote and the Poll Tax - Los Angeles, CA (Summer 2016)
  • Second Place - Victoria Franzese - War Wounds - New York, NY (Summer 2016)
  • Third Place -Susan Nickerson - Gabe & Eddie - San Antonio, FL (Winter 2017)
  • Finalist -Marcia Moston - Of Forbearance and Fortitude - Taylors, SC (Winter 2017)
  • Honorable Mention -Nancy Kopp - Grandma, Raspberries and Cream - Manhattan, KS (Spring 2017)
  • Honorable Mention - Michael Coolen - Eat and Pray Before You Die - Corvallis, OR (Fall 2016)

    Category 2: submissions under 1,000 words

  • First Place - Ferida Wolff - The Sixth Language, Cherry Hill, NJ (Summer 2016)
  • Second Place - Elizabeth Eve King - The Night My Father Danced Like Fred Astaire, Cottonwood Heights, UT (Fall 2016)
  • Third Place - Daryl Johanson - The Visitor, The Polio Diary and Helen York, San Antonio, TX (Fall 2016)
  • Finalist - Angela Thomas - Memories of a Ghost Town, Brunswick, OH (Spring 2017)
  • Finalist - Hilary Smith - My Grandmother, Naughty Betty, Santa Rosa, CA (Winter 2017)
  • Honorable Mention - Nayha Ghazali - An Image Without a Face, Franklin, TN (Spring 2017)

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