Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Our First Writing Contest - WRITE ON!

Pima County Genealogy Society is proud to announce Write On!, our first writing contest. Open to all members and non-members of PCGS, this is your chance to flex your writing muscles and create something of lasting value for you and your family, and have the opportunity to win some cash.

We are looking for original and unpublished works, such as:
  • Memoirs and biographies where the major portion of the facts are from personal memories, interviews, family oral traditions, etc. No, or few, historical documents are used in research. However, information that is not from your personal memory should be cited, to show where and how you learned of facts or stories.
  • A family history or biography that is researched and documented through historical documents.
  • Genealogical poems or essays.
Entries should be 4,000 words or less, excluding textboxes, footnotes and endnotes. Authors retain copyright of their material, but grant permission to print the entry in the PCGS newsletter or other PCGS publications. Photos and illustrations used must be free of copyright, or have written permission from the copyright holder, and contain appropriate attribution.

PCGS will offer a mini-workshop early in 2015 that will provide attendees with techniques for writing a quality family history story. This is an excellent opportunity for contestants to improve on their entries before the deadline.

Each entry will be read and graded by three judges using the guidelines at this link. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners. The Contest Coordinator and Judges are ineligible.

The contest begins now–entries must be received by the coordinator no later than 18 April 2015. Winners will be announced, and prizes awarded, at the 20 June 2015 PCGS general meeting. To enter, follow this link to the Write On! Contest Entry Form and follow the instructions provided. Questions can be directed to the Contest Coordinator at info@azpimagensoc.org (please put "Write On!" in the subject line).

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