Have you started writing your story for the E.M. Fletcher writing award? Remember we only need 1,500 – 2,000 words on a family history or genealogy theme. The competition is open until 15 July.
Don’t know where to begin? We often hear the catch cry I have too much information. Don’t be tempted to put all your research into one story. Decide which ancestor, family line, moment or place you are writing about and stay focused on the story at hand, especially important for a short story competition.
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Nothing exciting to write about in your family? In her thesis Reading the Silence of My Great- Grandmother: The Role of Life-Writing in Locating the Hidden Life of a Jewish Woman, Dr Erica Cervini, one of the competition judges, says that family history matters because it opens an avenue for individuals to investigate ordinary people, who have been left out of the history books. Erica talks about life writing and how the genre employs a fossicking method which involves three actions. First, rummaging for wisps of information, second, selecting and curating an archive and third, threading together the fragments from the archive to produce narratives.
So start rummaging and see what you can come up with. Whether you are telling a story about one of your ancestors or sharing a personal memoir, the broad theme of the competition allows plenty of scope to be creative. Every family has a story – write yours now! All information about the competition including an entry form and terms and conditions is on the website.