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E.M. Fletcher Writing Award

Every family has a story – write yours 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 Fletcher   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 bookshop voucher will also be awarded.

The 2019 writing competition is NOW OPEN. Competition closes on 15 July 2019 Start writing now!

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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Entry form

To download the entry form 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.

Payment for entry

When making a payment using EFT please use the reference code of “WritingSurname1234”, where Surname is your surname and 1234 is the last four digits of your phone number

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Judges for the 2019 competition

The judges for the competition are as follows.

Cora Num

Cora Num

Cora is a - HAGSOC Fellow, researcher, author and lecturer. Cora is well known throughout the family history community and her website Coraweb is internationally recognised.

Mary Lynn Mather

Mary Lynn Mather

Mary Lynn graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2015 with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Creative Writing and wrote a novel as research for her PhD. She has worked as a writer, journalist and editor and is presently a lecturer in Creative Writing at CIT Solutions.

David Coombe

David Coombe

David is a HAGSOC member and won the Society’s award for best journal article of 2012. He has self-published two e-books with family history themes and is currently writing a biography of an Australian artist.