Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

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Alexandria, Virginia 22308
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2017 Writing Contest "Let Me Tell You"

 
MVGS is excited to sponsor our 2nd genealogical writing contest to help support and encourage our members to write and share their family history.  All entries will be considered for publication in our newsletters.
 
Topic: Let Me Tell You About One of My Ancestors. Our ancestors were so much more interesting than their birth, marriage and death dates suggest. Write an episode or event which brings your ancestor to life.  Some possibilities are: a story of his or her survival (war, accident, fire, etc.), westward (or other) movement, a criminal or emotional/financial/locational devastation.   Your entry should allow us to know your ancestor's character a bit better and should be interesting for a non-descendant to read. Include historical context and vivid description--engage your reader! You may use dialog (properly quoted) and citations showing how you know what you are writing about. 
 
Contest Rules & Guidelines:
  • Work must be written by a member of the society; it shall not have been previously published.
  • Length may be 3 pages max (footnotes can be converted to endnotes & placed on later pages).
  • Entry should be single-spaced. There should be double returns between paragraphs, and the paper should be written in 12-point font and submitted in Word or Portable Document Format (PDF) format.
  • Submission may contain no more than 2 pictures.
  • One entry per person
  • Attach your submission to the link at the bottom of this page -- include your name, title, and phone number on the email, but NOT on the submission.  The title should be on all pages of the submission with no other identifying information.
  • Evaluators will not be told the name of the author whose story they are judging, nor will authors be told the name of the evaluators.  Authors will receive a copy of the comments made by the evaluators.
     
 Rubric judges will use for evaluating "Let Me Tell You About My Ancestor" Submissions
 
Criteria
Exemplary
Proficient
Satisfactory
Needs Work 
Topic (Double Value)
  • Put "flesh on the bones" of an ancestor
  • Dramatic or interesting to a non-descendant
       
Content (Double Value)
  • Main idea is supported by stimulating details
  • Purpose is clear (survival, black sheep, humor, etc.)
  • Includes historical context
  • Vivid descriptions
       
Organization
  • Opening/closing grab the reader
  • Logical or chronological development
  • Stays on task
       
Voice
  • Engages the reader
  • Furthers the character of the ancestor
       
Mechanics
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Varied sentence structures, no run-ons
  • Citations
       
 
 
Entries will be accepted now through 1 August 2017.
 
 
Results & prizes:
         
Winners will be announced during our monthly meeting on 17 October 2017.
 
          Prizes will be awarded as follows:
 
 First: 1-year membership + "1st Place" mug + MVGS pin
           Second:  Genealogist bag + "2nd Place" mug +MVGS pin 
           Third: "3rd Place" mug + MVGS pin