The Oklahoma Genealogical Society will be accepting entries for its “2015 Family History Story Writing Contest” beginning January 1, 2015 through March 1, 2015. Society membership is not required to enter, and there is no entry fee. This contest caught our eye due to rule number four, which mentions that citations must conform to the standards outlined by one of Genealogical.com’s noted authors, Elizabeth Shown Mills.
The rules are as follows, posted from Sharon Burns on The Oklahoman’s website:
1.Submissions may be made electronically or by hard copy through the mail. Stories must be typed in a standard font and double-spaced on one side of standard letter-size paper. Entries must be less than 2,500 words, not including attached documents.
2.Story title and page number must be shown on each page; name should not be included on any pages of the story. All entries will remain anonymous when judges are reviewing them.
3.The entry form must include the story title, author name, author’s 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.
4.Please indicate that you have researched the events by citing your sources as endnotes. 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).
5.Family group sheets and pedigree charts may be included if pertinent.
6.Stories must be original and unpublished at time of entry. By submitting your story, you are giving the society permission to publish your story.
7.More information and a downloadable entry form can be found on the Oklahoma Genealogical Society website www.okgensoc.org.
For the complete rules for this contest, go to www.okgensoc.org/storywriting-contest.htm or address questions to contest chairperson Denise Slattery at email@example.com.
Good luck to any of our readers who enter! If you choose to enter, please let us know.
Image Credit: “Family History” — by Robert Kehlmann (2008). This image is of an original work by the artist in Sandblasted hand-blown glass, mixed media.By Rkehlmann (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.