Family History ACT

The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra Inc.


E.M. Fletcher Writing Award

Every family has a story – write yours now!

type writer   Entries for the best short story of 1500 – 2000 words on a family history or genealogy theme will be in contention to win a $1,000 prize. A separate HAGSOC member prize of 12 months membership and a $75.00 society voucher will also be awarded.

The 2020 writing competition is NOW OPEN. Competition closes on 15 July 2020.
Start writing now!

The E.M. Fletcher Writing Award is named in honour of Society Fellow Eunice Fletcher, a long time member who had significant input into the formation of the Society over many years. Eunice

Entry fees

The entry fee is $20.00 HAGSOC members, $30.00 non-members

Terms and Conditions

Please read the competition Terms and conditions


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Judges for the 2020 competition

The judges for the competition are as follows.

Peter Stanley

Peter Stanley

Prof. Peter Stanley, FAHA, of UNSW Canberra is one of Australia’s most active military historians, who has written over 30 books, mainly in Australian military history.

Kerrie Gray

Kerrie Gray

Kerrie has been researching her family history for many years, is a long term member of HAGSOC and was, for a number of years, a member of HAGSOC Council. She was Vice President AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations) from 2011-2012 and President 2012-2015. Kerrie was the Convenor of the 14th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry held in Canberra in 2015. She has been a judge of the Nick Vine-Hall Award, an annual award for the best family history/journal in Australia/New Zealand.

Barbara Moore

Barbara Moore

Barbara Moore is a Fellow of the Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra and served on their Council for eighteen years as Treasurer and Secretary. She is convenor of their Irish Special Interest Group. Because of both her and her husband's Irish ancestry, Barbara’s main ancestral research has concentrated on Ireland. Barbara has organised four large family reunions for her husband’s and her families and published five books on these families.

Entry form and payment

To enter the competition click here.

Upload your entry

Go to this page to upload your entry. Please note only documents in word-processing formats e.g. Word (.docx .doc or .rft) or PDF can be accepted.