The Genealogical Committee, an auxiliary of the Western Reserve Historical Society, has announced a writing competition.
The entry should be about a Western Reserve ancestor or ancestral family who lived in the Western Reserve. The present-day counties that were formed within the territory known as the Western Reserve are Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, and Trumbull, and most of Mahoning and Summit, as well as Danbury Township in Ottawa County and Ruggles Township in Ashland County.
The author must establish that the ancestor or family lived in one of these counties.
The article should be at least 750 words long and up to 2500 words. It should be submitted as an original work, not published elsewhere. The author is free to submit it elsewhere after the results are announced.
Prizes will be offered in two categories: Adult and Junior (18 years of age and under). The winning entries will be published in the WRHS Genealogy Bulletin.
There is one more requirement: Some of the research done to create the article should be performed in the Library of the Western Reserve Historical Society. For information on the Library, go to www.wrhs.org and click on Library.
Also, sources should be documented with footnotes or endnotes.
You have until 01 Sep 2009 to file your entry. Submit it by e-mail with your name, address, and telephone number to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to place My Western Reserve Ancestors Writing Contest in the subject line.
Or submit your entry by postal mail with your name, address, and telephone number to:
The Genealogical Committee, Western Reserve Historical Society
“My Western Reserve Ancestors Writing Contest”
10825 East Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44106-1777
The entries will be judged by the editorial subcommittee of the Genealogical Committee. The subcommittee may choose not to award all available prizes.
Winning entries will be recognized at the Genealogical Committee’s Annual Open House in October 2009. They then will be published in the WRHS Genealogy Bulletin at the discretion of the editors.
1st place in each category: $50 and a free subscription to the WRHS Genealogy Bulletin
2nd place in each category: $25 and a free subscription to the WRHS Genealogy Bulletin
3rd place in each category: $15 and a free subscription to the WRHS Genealogy Bulletin