Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Dallas Genealogical Society Announces Annual Writing Competition

The Dallas Genealogical Society (DGS) is sponsoring the 2012 Writing Competition for original material submitted by members and non-members. Hobbyists, intermediate, and professional genealogists are invited to submit articles for consideration.

While DGS has a goal of preserving Dallas history, articles for this competition may range beyond the local geographic area as specified below .

ARTICLES MAY INCLUDE:
  • Basic through advanced methodologies demonstrated through case studies (not limited by geography).
  • Family histories and genealogies, particularly those linked to North Texas, including those who came from or left to settle elsewhere
  • Ethnic, house, or military histories related to Dallas and surrounding counties.
  • Transcriptions, abstracts, or indexes of record groups (including family records) not yet filmed or digitized that relate to Dallas or North Texas
JUDGING CRITERIA:
  • Accuracy: 1–15 points (no genealogical or historical errors, sources cited correctly)
  • Clarity and writing: 1–20 points (clarity and flow of writing, organization, spelling and grammar)
  • Overall impact and interest: 1–15 points (the article’s depth, insight, and creativity)
  • Total possible points awarded per judge: 50. Articles must score at least 25 points to be eligible for a prize.
AWARDS:
  • First Prize: $500
  • Second Prize: $300
  • Third Prize: $150
PERIOD FOR SUBMISSIONS:

Entries will be accepted between June 1 and September 30, 2012. Winners will be announced at the Annual DGS Luncheon in December, however, winners do not have to be present. Prize winners will be published in a future DGS publication. By submitting articles, authors are giving DGS permission to publish their material, however, copyright is retained by the author. Entries may not have been previously published. Judges’ comments will be provided upon request. All prizes may not be awarded.

GUIDELINES:

Articles must be sourced following the guidelines in Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace by Elizabeth Shown Mills (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2009). The 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (Chicago: University of Chicago, 2010).

Length of articles may be from 750 to 5000 words and submitted in either Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format. Images that accompany an article should be provided in digital format at a resolution of 300 DPI and sent as attachments. The minimum size of images should be 3" X 5". Identification of images and suggested captions should be included on a page at the end of the article.

Send entries via email with 'DGS Writing Competition' in the subject line to editorial@dallasgenealogy.com

In your email and on the first page of the entry, please include your full name, address, telephone number, email address, and a brief biographical sketch.