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DGS Writing Competition 2012

The Dallas Genealogical Society is sponsoring the 2012 Writing Competition for original material submitted by members and non-members, hobbyists and professionals. Length of articles may be from 750 to 5000 words.


While DGS has a goal of preserving Dallas history, articles for this competition may range beyond that geographic area as specified below (and in this PDF file):


Articles may include:

  • basic and advanced methodologies and case studies (not limited by geography)
  • family histories and genealogies, particularly those linked to North Texas, including those who came from or left to settle elsewhere
  • transcriptions, abstracts or indexes of record groups (including family records) not yet filmed or digitized that relate to Dallas or North Texas
  • ethnic, house, or military histories related to Dallas and surrounding counties
  • Articles must be sourced following the guidelines in Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace by Elizabeth Shown Mills.

Judging criteria:

  • Accuracy: 1–15 points (no genealogical or historical errors, sources cited correctly)
  • Clarity and writing: 1–20 points (clarity and flow of writing, organization, spelling and grammar)
  • Overall impact and interest: 1–15 points (the article’s depth, insight, and creativity)

Total possible points awarded per judge: 50. Articles must score at least 25 points to be eligible for a prize.


All prizes may not be awarded. Prize winners will be published in a future DGS publication. By submitting articles, authors are giving DGS permission to publish. Entries may not have been previously published. Multiple entries per person are allowed, but only one award per person will be given. Judges’ comments will be provided upon request.



First Prize: $500

Second Prize: $300

Third Prize: $150


Period for submissions:

Entries will be accepted between June 1 and September 30, 2012. Winners will be announced at the Annual DGS Luncheon in December.


Articles should be in either Word or Rich Text Format. Use endnotes, not footnotes. Photos should be provided in digital form, saved as .jpg files at a resolution of 300 dpi, and be sent as attachments. Minimum size of photos should be 3x5. Identification of images and suggested captions should be included on a page at the end of the article.


Send entries via email only, with “DGS Writing Competition” in the subject line to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Include the following information both in the email and on the first page of the entry: Author’s full name, address, telephone number, email address, and a brief biographical sketch.

Dallas Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 12446, Dallas, Texas 75225-0446
1-866-YOU2DGS (866-968-2347)