18 May 2016

[CA-SCGS] GENEii Writers Contest Winners Announced

by Pam Wiedenbeck

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 GENEii Family History Writers Contest, sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society! The Family History Writing Contest honors writers who show mastery in the genres of Memoir and Literary Non-fiction.

This year’s contest had 107 entries from 94 authors. While this is smaller than last year’s participation, the response was again global. There were 33 stories of fewer than 1,000 words and 74 stories containing between 1,000 and 2,000 words.

26 of the 50 states were represented. In addition, we have entries from Australia, Canada, India, Indonesia, The Philippines, Russia, Great Britain, Israel as well as one from a US Military APO address.

Many thanks to all the authors who collectively contributed these 107 entries. The winning submissions will be published in The Searcher during 2016 and on the SCGS website. Winning entries from past years can be found on the SCGS website.

The contest will be reworked for 2017. So there will be no contest in 2016. Thanks again for your participation.

Category 1: submissions from 1,000 to 2,000 words

First Place – Edna Briggs –  Registering to Vote and the Poll Tax – Los Angeles, CA
Second Place – Victoria Franzese – War Wounds – New York, NY
Third Place –Susan Nickerson – Gabe & Eddie – San Antonio, FL
Finalist –Marcia Moston – Of Forbearance and Fortitude – Taylors, SC
Honorable Mention –Nancy Kopp – Grandma, Raspberries and Cream – Manhattan, KS
Honorable Mention – Michael Coolen – Eat and Pray Before You Die – Corvallis, OR

Category 2: submissions under 1,000 words

First Place – Ferida Wolff – The Sixth Language, Cherry Hill, NJ
Second Place – Elizabeth Eve King – The Night My Father Danced Like Fred Astaire, Cottonwood Heights, UT
Third Place – Daryl Johanson – The Visitor, the Polio Diary and Helen York, San Antonio, TX
Finalist – Angela Thomas – Memories of a Ghost Town, Brunswick, OH
Finalist – Hilary Smith – My Grandmother, Naughty Betty, Santa Rosa, CA
Honorable Mention – Nayha Ghazali – An Image Without a Face, Franklin, TN

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