2017 Excellence-in-Writing Competition Now Open for Entries Through 15 June 2017

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The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is reminding writers IN ALL MEDIA (magazines, newspapers, journals, websites, blogs) that the 2017 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is now open for entries through 15 June 2017.

The competition is open to both MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS of ISFHWE; both published and non-published authors may enter (see category list below). Members of ISFHWE receive a discount on the entry fee (after logging in to the ISFHWE members’ corner; new members allow up to ten days to receive login information). The categories are:

Category I – Columns. This is for columns of original content, published on a regular basis, in any medium, published in 2016. Each entry must consist of 2,000 words or fewer. These are entries from the author’s regular column-not features. Note that these may be print or online columns (including blogs).

Category II – Articles. These one-time articles (not part of the author’s column) must have been published in 2016 in a journal, magazine, newsletter, blog or website. Entries cannot exceed 5,000 words. Note that these may be print or online articles, including GUEST entries on a blog. Footnotes are not included in the word count.

Category III – Genealogy Newsletter. This category is for society or family association newsletters published in
2016. Entries should consist of two issues, each submitted as a single file in PDF format. The judging will be based on originality, content, visual appeal, writing and editing quality, and accuracy. The award is to the editor of the publication. These may be print or online newsletters. The once-a-year newsletters usually sent at Christmas do not qualify for this competition as two issues from the same calendar year are needed.

Category IV – Unpublished Authors. Entrants in this category aspire to be published writers or columnists in the field of genealogy, family or local history. The submissions in this category are original and unpublished, between 500 and 2,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category. The articles should be unpublished at the time they were submitted to the competition.

Category V – Unpublished material – Published Authors. This category is for original unpublished genealogically related articles by previously published authors. Entries should be between 500 and 3,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category. The articles should be unpublished at the time they were submitted to the competition.

Category VI – Poetry/Song Lyrics. This category is for original content (published in 2016 or unpublished), that is related to family history. Entries should be no longer than 1000 words and have a title. This may include song lyrics (music is not judged).

Winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd) in each category will be awarded a cash prize and a certificate. Certificates may be awarded for Honorable Mentions. The awards will be announced in September 2017.

Entries must be submitted in PDF, Word, WordPerfect, or JPG format by e-mail in time to meet this deadline. Please note: Footnotes will not count toward word count. Send entries to: Competition@ISFHWE.org

Appropriate entry fee(s) – and membership dues to receive the discount – may be paid via PayPal on the ISFHWE website at ISFHWE.org. Full information on the competition is available on the ISFHWE website in the “2017 Excellence-in-Writing Competition – Information and Online Entry Form” link, which leads to: http://www.isfhwe.org/competition.php. For questions, contact the Competition Coordinator at: Competition@ISFHWE.org

The ISFHWE 2016 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is Now Open for Entries

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The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is reminding writers IN ALL MEDIA (magazines, newspapers, journals, websites, blogs) that the 2016 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is now open for entries through 15 June 2016.

The competition is open to both MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS of ISFHWE; both published and non-published authors may enter (see category list below). Members of ISFHWE receive a discount on the entry fee (after logging in to the ISFHWE members’ corner; new members allow up to ten days to receive login information). The categories are:

Category I – Columns. This is for columns of original content, published on a regular basis, in any medium, published in 2015. Each entry must consist of 2,000 words or fewer. These are entries from the author’s regular column-not features. Note that these may be print or online columns (including blogs).

Category II – Articles. These one-time articles (not part of the author’s column) must have been published in 2015 in a journal, magazine, newsletter, blog or website. Entries cannot exceed 5,000 words. Note that these may be print or online articles, including GUEST entries on a blog. Footnotes are not included in the word count.

Category III – Genealogy Newsletter. This category is for society or family association newsletters published in
2015. Entries should consist of two issues, each submitted as a single file in PDF format. The judging will be based on originality, content, visual appeal, writing and editing quality, and accuracy. The award is to the editor of the publication. These may be print or online newsletters. The once-a-year newsletters usually sent at Christmas do not qualify for this competition as two issues from the same calendar year are needed.
Category IV –Unpublished Authors. Entrants in this category aspire to be published writers or columnists in the field of genealogy, family or local history. The submissions in this category are original and unpublished, between 500 and 2,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category. The articles should be unpublished at the time they were submitted to the competition.

Category V– Unpublished material – Published Authors. This category is for original unpublished genealogically related articles by previously published authors. Entries should be between 500 and 3,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category. The articles should be unpublished at the time they were submitted to the competition.

Category VI – Poetry. This category is for original content (published in 2015 or unpublished), that is related to family history. Entries should be no longer than 1000 words and have a title. This may include song lyrics (music is not judged).

Winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd) in each category will be awarded a cash prize and a certificate. Emailed certificates may be awarded for Honorable Mentions. The awards will be announced during FGS Conference 2016.

Entries must be submitted in PDF, Word, WordPerfect, or JPG format by e-mail in time to meet this deadline. Please note: Footnotes will not count toward word count. Send entries to: Competition@ISFHWE.org

Appropriate entry fee(s) – and membership dues to receive the discount – may be paid via PayPal on the ISFHWE website at ISFHWE.org
Full information on the competition is available on the ISFHWE website in the “2016 Excellence-in-Writing Competition – Information and Online Entry Form” link, which leads to: http://www.isfhwe.org/competition.php
For questions, contact the Competition Coordinator at: Competition@ISFHWE.org

ISFHWE Excellence-In-Writing Competition Winners Announced

The following is from Tina Sansone:

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September 4, 2015 – The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors is proud to announce the winners of the Excellence-in-Writing Competition. All entries were exceptional this year. Submission details for 2016 will be announced soon. For any questions on the competition, email Tina Sansone at competition@isfhwe.org.

ISFHWE’s Excellence in Writing Competition

Category 1 – Columns
1st – Ernest Thode – Ask Ernie
2nd – James M. Beidler – Roots & Branches: Painful, poignant visit to mentor’s grave
3rd – Maureen Wlodarczyk – Genealogy: It’s not a tree or a chart…it’s a story!
HM – Michael McKeag – Where to Finish? 1 – My Family History
HM – Carolyn Leonard – When the Cheering Stopped – the last years of Woodrow Wilson

Category 2 – Articles
1st – Barbara J Starmans, PLCGS – Married to the Army
2nd – Maureen Wlodarczyk – Grazia Fucci Lipari
3rd – George G. Morgan – Managing Your Speaking Engagements
HM – Sheri Hessick – MayDay! MayDay! Lost Behind Enemy Lines
HM – Vi Parsons – Root Cellar Preserves

Category 3 – Newsletters
1st – Michelle D. Novak – The Archivist
2nd – Stephen Gauss – Harriman Family Newsletter
3rd – Kathryn Manz – Penn in Hand
HM – Linda Vixie – Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Newsletter
HM – James M. Beidler – Der Kurier

Category 4 – Unpublished Authors
1st – Elyse Hill – History Lessons Learned From a Birth Certificate
2nd – Wendy Wilson Spooner – Civil Registration and Census Development in Great Britain & America
3rd – Catherine Smith – In a Flash
HM – Louise A. Eckhardt – A Mystery within a Mystery
HM – Diane Buescher – Finding Elusive Ancestors in Early German Church Records

Category 5 – Unpublished Material/Published Authors
1st – David Harper – Corresponding Hearts
2nd – Robyn Smith, of “Reclaiming Kin” Genealogy Blog – Minty’s Legacy: A Black Family in Slavery and Freedom
3rd – Dave Strausfeld – Hudie Streisfeld and her life in the Austro-Hungarian Empire
HM – Ruth Randall, CG – Evidence of the Parentage of a Buffalo Solder: John Martin Daniels, Company I, 125th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry
HM – Carolyn Leonard – Dutch Letters

Category 6 – Poetry
1st – Luanne Griffin – Going Home
2nd – Casey Lin Brown – If I’d Met You
3rd – Lisa Brahin Weinblatt – Great-Grandmother
HM – Phyllis Matthews Ziller, MLIS – Finding Sarah
HM – Kenneth R. Castle, PhD – They are Calling to You

2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition – Open for Entries

The following press release is from Tina Sansone with ISFHWE:

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May 1, 2015 – The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is reminding writers IN ALL MEDIA (magazines, newspapers, journals, websites, blogs) that the 2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is now open for entries through 15 June 2015.

The International Society of Family History Writers & Editor’s “Excellence in Writing” competition has a few more weeks before the June 15, 2015 deadline. Please submit your entries for your chance to win and showcase your work. Winning articles will appear in ISFHWE’s quarterly, “Columns”, win a cash prize and certificate. We need entries for Categories 4 & 5, but all categories are open. For more information, please visit http://isfhwe.org/writing2015.php. Competition is open to both members and non-members of ISFHWE. For more information, please contact Tina Sansone at famhistorywriter@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing your submission soon!

ISFHWE 2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition Is Now Open

The following news release is from Tina Sansone with ISFHWE:

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The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is reminding writers IN ALL MEDIA (magazines, newspapers, journals, websites, blogs) that the 2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is now open for entries through 15 June 2015.

The competition is open to both MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS of ISFHWE; both published and non-published authors may enter (see category list below). Members of ISFHWE receive a discount on the entry fee (after logging in to the ISFHWE members’ corner; new members allow up to ten days to receive login information). The categories are:

Category I – Columns. This is for columns of original content, published on a regular basis, in any medium, published in 2014. Each entry must consist of 2,000 words or fewer. These are entries from the author’s regular column-not features. Note that these may be print or online columns (including blogs).

Category II — Articles. These one-time articles (not part of the author’s column) must have been published in 2014 in a journal, magazine, newsletter, blog or website. Entries cannot exceed 5,000 words. Note that these may be print or online articles, including GUEST entries on a blog. Footnotes are not included in the word count.

Category III – Genealogy Newsletter. This category is for society or family association newsletters published in
2014. Entries should consist of two issues, each submitted as a single file in PDF format. The judging will be based on originality, content, visual appeal, writing and editing quality, and accuracy. The award is to the editor of the publication. These may be print or online newsletters. The once-a-year newsletters usually sent at Christmas do not qualify for this competition as two issues from the same calendar year are needed.

Category IV –Unpublished Authors. Entrants in this category aspire to be published writers or columnists in the field of genealogy, family or local history. The submissions in this category are original and unpublished, between 500 and 2,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category. The articles should be unpublished at the time they were submitted to the competition.

Category V– Unpublished material – Published Authors. This category is for original unpublished genealogically related articles by previously published authors. Entries should be between 500 and 3,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category. The articles should be unpublished at the time they were submitted to the competition.

Category VI – Poetry. This category is for original content (published in 2014 or unpublished), that is related to family history. Entries should be no longer than 1000 words and have a title. This may include song lyrics (music is not judged).

Winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd) in each category will be awarded a cash prize and a certificate. Certificates may be awarded for Honorable Mentions. The awards will be announced in September 2015.

Entries must be submitted in PDF, Word, WordPerfect, or JPG format by e-mail in time to meet this deadline. Please note: Footnotes will not count toward word count. Send entries to: Competition@ISFHWE.org

Appropriate entry fee(s) – and membership dues to receive the discount – may be paid via PayPal on the ISFHWE website at ISFHWE.org

Full information on the competition is available on the ISFHWE website in the “2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition – Information and Online Entry Form” link, which leads to: http://www.isfhwe.org/competition.php

For questions, contact the Competition Coordinator at: Competition@ISFHWE.org

The ISFHWE 2014 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is Now Open

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The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is reminding writers IN ALL MEDIA (magazines, newspapers, journals, websites, blogs) that the 2014 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is now open for entries through 15 June 2014.

The competition is open to both MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS of ISFHWE; both published and non-published authors may enter (see category list below). We have also added a NEW category – Poetry! Members of ISFHWE receive a discount on the entry fee (after logging in to the ISFHWE members’ corner; new members allow up to ten days to receive login information).

The categories are:
Category I – Columns. This is for columns of original content, published on a regular basis, in any medium, published in 2013. Each entry must consist of 2,000 words or less. These are entries from the author’s regular column-not features. Note that these may be print or online columns (including blogs).

Category II — Articles. These one-time articles (not part of the author’s column) must have been published in 2013 in a journal, magazine, newsletter, blog or website. Entries cannot exceed 5,000 words. Note that these may be print or online articles, including GUEST entries on a blog. Footnotes are not included in the word count.

Category III –Genealogy Newsletter. This category is for society or family association newsletters published in 2013. Entries should consist of two issues, each submitted as a single file in PDF format. The judging will be based on originality, content, visual appeal, writing and editing quality, and accuracy. The award is to the editor of the publication. Note that these may also be print or online newsletters.

Category IV –Unpublished Authors. Entrants in this category aspire to be published writers or columnists in the field of genealogy, family or local history. The submissions in this category are original and unpublished, between 500 and 2,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category.

Category V– Unpublished material – Published Authors. This category is for original unpublished genealogically related articles by previously published authors. Entries should be between 500 and 3,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category.

Category VI – Poetry. This category is for original content (published in 2013 or unpublished), that is related to family history. Entries should be no longer than 1000 words and have a Title. This may include song lyrics (music is not judged).

Winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd ) in each category will be awarded a cash prize and a certificate. Certificates may be awarded for Honorable Mentions. The awards presentation will take place during the FGS Conference in SanAntonio, 27-30 August 2014. (Those unable to attend will receive their awards by mail after the conference.)

Entries must be submitted in PDF, Word, WordPerfect, or JPG format by e-mail in time to meet this deadline. Please note: Footnotes will not count toward word count. Send entries to: Competition@ISFHWE.org

Appropriate entry fee(s) – and membership dues to receive the discount – may be paid via PayPal on the ISFHWE website at ISFHWE.org

Full information on the competition is available on the ISFHWE website in the “2014 Excellence-in-Writing Competition – Information and Online Entry Form” link, which leads to: http://www.isfhwe.org/competition.php

For questions, contact the Competition Coordinator at: Competition@ISFHWE.org

ISFHWE Excellence in Writing Competition Winners Announced

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The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors is proud to announce the winners of the 2013 Excellence-in-Writing Competition. This year, in addition to recognizing First, Second and Third Place, Honorable Mention certificates are being awarded to recognize the scope of quality entries. The winners are:

Category 1 – Columns
1st Place – Tara Cajacob, “Discover Zimmerman”
2nd Place – Pat Biallas, “Government Delivers in Honoring Civil War Vet” & “Graveside Rededication Presents a Step Back in Time”
3rd Place – Diana Crisman Smith, “Bitten by the Typo Bug”, & “The Research Report”
Honorable Mention – Susan Zacharias, “Web of Deceit – April-June 2012 & Oct-Dec 2012”
Honorable Mention – Pat Biallas, “Stamp Series Commemorates Civil War” & “Civil War Sesquicentennial Generates Abundance of Historical Offerings”

Category 2 – Articles
1st Place – Janis Forte, “What Legacy for David H. Driver”
2nd Place – Smiljka Kitanovic, “Military Family Research”
3rd Place – James W. Petty, “Black Slavery Emancipation Research in the Northern States”
Honorable Mention – Shannon Bennett, “How_to_get_started_with_genetic_genealogy_and_dna_research”
Honorable Mention – Margaret Barker, “The Twins”

Category 3 – Genealogy Newsletters
1st Place – Phyllis Matthew-Ziller, “Nov 2012 NCGS News” & “Sept 2012 NCGS News”
2nd Place – Mary W. Parker, “Newsletter June 2012” & “Newsletter Sept 2012”
3rd Place – Sunny Morton, “2012 02 OGN”, & “2012 03 OGN”
Honorable Mention – Janis Forte, “July/Aug2012 Newsletter” & “Sept/Oct 2012 Newsletter”

Category 4 – Unpublished Authors
1st Place – Sherri Hessick, “Just Another Love Story”
2nd Place – Victoria Kauzlarich, “The Accidental Historian”
3rd Place – Jodi Strait, “Curious Case of Charles Karthaeuser”
Honorable Mention – Robin Thomas, “Beneficiary of a Pack Rat”
Honorable Mention – Rondie Yancey, “After the War”

Category 5 – Unpublished Material by Published Authors
1st Place – LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, “Searching for the Slave Owners”
2nd Place – Nancy Calhoun, “A Lost Stone”
3rd Place – Andrea Ramsey, “Desperately Seeking Charlotte”
Honorable Mention – Kenneth Castle, “My Norwegian Ancestors”
Honorable Mention – Kathleen Broomer, “James A. Spillet Hatter, Newsdealer, Captialist”

Address questions to Competition@isfhwe.org.

Details on the 2014 Competition will be released shortly. The competition will open on 1 October. Details may be obtained on the website at ISFHWE.org.

The Winners of This Year’s Excellence-in-Writing Competition

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors is pleased to announce the winners in this year’s Excellence-in-Writing Competition. Any questions, please contact Competition@isfhwe.org

Category I – Columns
1st – A Big Game for the Big Day – Shelley Bishop
2nd – Newel King, 91st Ohio Volunteer Infantry – Shelley Bishop
3rd – Wanted: Larger ‘Needles’ – James M. Beidler

Category II – Articles
1st – Blue Collar Breakthroughs – Sunny Morton
2nd – Academic Libraries: A Good Reason to Head Back to Campus – Mary Penner
3rd – An Identity Crisis: Using Indirect Evidence to Prove …. – Debbie Parker Wayne, CG

Category III – Original Research Story
1st – Common Ground – Courtenay O’Bryan Auger
2nd – [tie] The Long and Winding Road: The Search for the Clark Farm – Cheryl Roach
2nd – [tie] James Holmes: He Was Tickled to be Pickled – Marjorie Waterfield

Category IV – Unpublished Author
1st – The Butchers of Marshall Avenue – Carla Maitland

Category V – Unpublished Work by Published Author
1st – The Bones of Hobo Hollow – Paul K. Graham
2nd – Ella’s Letter – Nancy Waters Lauer
3rd – Civil War Perils of Springtime – M. Carolyn Steele

The details on the 2013 competition will be posted on the ISFHWE.org website in the next few days.

Congratulations again to the winners, and all those who participated in the competition.

ISFHWE Now Accepting Entries for Their Annual Exellence-In-Writing Competition

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) annual Excellence-in-Writing competition is now accepting entries for the 2012 competition. Members and non-members of ISFHWE are eligible; published items (categories I and II) must have been published in 2011; for categories III-V, the work must be original and unpublished.

An “early entry” discount applies to entries received before 15 April 2012. ALL entries must be received by the coordinator no later than 3 June 2012. [ISFHWE membership is $15.00/year.]

Winners in each category will be awarded a cash prize and a certificate. The awards presentation will take place during the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in Birmingham, Alabama (29 August-1 September 2012). All dates for this year’s competition are a change from prior years.

This year’s contest coordinator and judges are ineligible, as are last year’s first-place winners in their winning category.

Visit the ISFHWE web site for complete details. ( http://isfhwe.org/writing.php ) Fees may be paid via PayPal online or mailed to the Treasurer. Questions may be directed to: Competition@ISFHWE.org.

For more information about ISFHWE visit our website at www.isfhwe.org.