There is still time to enter your short story and be in with a chance to win the 2020 E.M. Fletcher Award. Prizes to be won include $1,000 for the best story and an additional HAGSOC member prize of a 12-month Society membership and a $75.00 voucher. Remember we only need 1,500 – 2,000 words on a family history or genealogy theme.
If you are wondering what makes an appealing story, Barbara Moore, one of our competition judges, says a ‘good beginning will hold the reader’s interest for the rest of the story. One tried and true way is to follow the 5Ws guide - the who, what, where, when, and why of the story.’ This is a great opportunity to transform your research gems into a short story.
Kerrie Gray, another of our judges, says that she will be looking for inspiration. “A good story will inspire the reader to search further, be it about their own family history, an event that is referenced in the story or a social issue of the time. The story will be part of the journey not the end”.
Whether you are telling a story about one of your ancestors or sharing a personal memoir, the broad theme allows plenty of scope to be creative.
Find inspiration and writing tips from these sites:
Family Search has compiled its Tips for Capturing Personal and Family Stories
The Family History Writing Studio has a guide on How to write a family history short story in 10 steps.
Kimberley Powell from Thought.co suggests five Steps to Writing your Family History
All the information you need to enter is on the E.M. Fletcher Writing Competition webpage.