Updated Post: 2017 Marge Rice Memorial Family History Writing Award; $500 Prize And More; Offered Through The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) Quarterly

Hi Everyone,

Just a follow-up to a previous post I recently made on the Marge Rice Memorial Family History Writing Award.  The original post is noted below the separator line.

In my previous post I noted that I was not sure what the final date was for submission to the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) of your written article.

The ISGS has responded back to my query for clarification of an end date for the contest.  They noted the end date for submission of a written article for the Marge Rice Memorial Family History Writing Award is May 1, 2018.

Read up on the full post previously published below.

Submit your article by May 1, 2018 according to the rules noted in the previously published post if you want to participate.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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Hi Everyone!

More on keeping with my recent theme on authoring an article.

Once again, looking through the 2017 Summer issue of the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) Quarterly, I notice a one-page insert describing a writing award that is being offered through the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS).

The page describes the upcoming 2017 Marge Rice Memorial Family History Writing Award.  The winner will receive the following awards:

  • A $500 award
  • Honors at the 2018 ISGS Annual Conference
  • Free Registration for the 2018 ISGS Annual Conference
  • One-Year Membership to the Illinois State Genealogical Society

The contest is open to both members of the Illinois State Genealogical Society as well as non-members.

All of the rules and guidelines for how to participate with a submission are included in the following PDF:

2017 Marge Rice Memorial Family History Writing Award Guide

It looks like the article to be written for submission will be based on a photo of one or more of the individuals in your article.  The main individual in your article must have an Illinois-based story.

I am not seeing an end of contest date in the guidelines.  Not sure if this is open-ended or if there is an end date that was not mentioned.

Take a look at the full description of the guidelines in the above PDF.  The guidelines even include some published articles titles that have been published in the ISGS Quarterly that you can use as examples of what the society is looking for.  That is nice and helpful to be able to see articles that are good examples of successful writing for the contest.

Want to win some money?  How about the accolades of your fellow Illinois genealogy researchers?  How about some additional freebies related to attending the 2018 ISGS Annual Conference?

Get that blank Microsoft Word template on your screen.  You gotta have that, I hope?  Rules say you have to submit as a Microsoft  Word document.  So your cursive writing skills you have will not be able to take you over the finish line!

Give it a try.  You can do it!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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