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Family History Writing Competition

Do you have a story to tell? Have you found a solution to a family mystery?
Enter the MGS Family History Writing Competition!

The winner of the Family History Writing Competition will be awarded a certificate at the Minnesota Genealogical Society North Star Genealogy Conference, and be invited to submit the entry for publication in the Minnesota Genealogist quarterly journal.


  • Topics must pertain to individuals or families who settled in or passed through the American Midwest, including Minnesota and surrounding states and provinces.
  • Authors need not be members of the Minnesota Genealogical Society.
  • Judges and judges’ immediate family members may not participate.
  • Fiction will not be accepted. If the entry is based on family lore, describe the source of the story and how it was passed forward, and indicate efforts made to authenticate the story.
  • An entry must not have been previously published.
  • An author may submit only one entry.
  • Winner will be expected to grant permission for publication in the Minnesota Genealogist.
  • Winning articles are subject to editing; the edited version is published only after review by the author.

Download complete contest information here.

Questions? Contact:


Consult the RULES and FAQ for an entry's required formats and other judging criteria.


  • Email the entry, no later than 1 July 2024, to:
  • Each entry has two components: 
    • a cover sheet, and 
    • narrative text.


Earliest date on which entries may be submitted: April 1, 2024

Deadline for entries to be submitted: July 1, 2024

Competition winners are notified on or before: September 1, 2024

Award certificates will be presented at the MGS North Star Genealogy Conference, October 25-26, 2024, or mailed to winners.

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