2015 Family History Story Writing Contest
All family historians and genealogists are invited to submit their favorite story for the contest. There is no entry fee and OGS membership is not required. Judges and judges’ immediate families may not participate. Deadline: Entries will be accepted between January 1 and March 1, 2015.
||Submissions may be made either electronically or by hard copy through the U.S. Postal Mail. Stories must be typed in a standard font and double-spaced on one side of standard letter-size 8.5” x 11” paper. Entries must be less than 2500 words, not including attached documents. When submitting electronically, send the story as a pdf or Word formatted file and the entry form as a separate file, to firstname.lastname@example.org. If images or documentation are pertinent to the story, send them as separate files and caption them appropriately. When submitting via postal mail, ensure the entry form, the entry story with endnotes and any pertinent documents are postmarked by March 1, 2015. Mail these items to: 2015 FHSWC, P.O. Box 12986, Oklahoma City, OK 73157-2986.
||Story title and page number must be shown on each page; your name shall not be included on any of the pages of the story. All entries shall remain anonymous when judges are reviewing them.
||The entry form must include the story title, your name, your mailing address, email address and phone, and approximate word count. As the entry form will be used to notify the winners, ensure contact information is up-to-date.
||Please indicate that you have researched the events by citing your sources as endnotes. Source documents shall not be included in the submission and will not be included in the word count. Source citations must conform to the guidelines in Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, Elizabeth Shown Mills, editor (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2009).
||Family group sheets and pedigree charts may be included if pertinent (also not included in word count).
||Stories must be original and unpublished at time of entry. By submitting your story, you are giving OGS permission to publish your story.
||Multiple stories may be submitted but only one per author will be awarded. In case of a tie for a prize, the amount will be split between the winners of that prize.
||Judges’ comments will be provided upon request. Judging criteria is based on overall interest, accuracy with facts, ‘voice’ and language, and writing mechanics (clarity, grammar, citation completeness). The identity of the judges will remain confidential.
||Helpful tips: Your family story should have a beginning, middle and an ending. Focus on one event; write the whole story, from the beginning. Start with the action; grab your reader from the beginning of your story. When the story has been written down, go back and clean up the grammar and cut unnecessary words if the story is too long. In this editing phase, spell out abbreviations, use complete sentences, watch your grammar and avoid hyphenation. Have someone who is good in English and who may be a writer, to proofread your story before submitting it.
||More information and a downloadable entry form can be found on the website www.okgensoc.org.
If you have questions, or need more more information about the
Family History Story Writing Contest, address them to the
Chairperson, Denise Slattery, at
Entry Form may be viewed, printed or downloaded at the bottom of this web page.
Keep the second page of the form for yourself. RETURN one copy of
the entry form with four (4) printed copies of your story plus one
(1) electronic copy (saved to disk in either MSWord or Corel
WordPerfect format), at the January or February OGS meeting, or by
US mail, postmarked by March 1, 2015 addressed as shown below.
Entries will not be returned
unless received with a self-addressed stamped envelope, or picked up
at the awards ceremony. One copy of the entry will be donated to the
Oklahoma Historical Library and may be published in the Oklahoma
Genealogical Society Quarterly. By entering the contest, you
permission for your story to be published, and that information and
photos concerning the winners may be published in local media.
Mail your entry to:
2015 OGS FHSWC, P.O. Box 12986, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 73157-2986
Questions or need more information:
If you have any questions, please address them to the
Chairperson, Denise Slattery, at