• Anyone may submit an entry. Nonmembers of MSOG pay a submission fee of $10.
  • Deadline is 1 August 2018. Submit to writingcontest@msoginc.org. Confirmation of receipt will be sent.
  • Only original (not previously published) material may be submitted.
  • Entries cover Massachusetts family history and genealogy, including those who came from Massachusetts or left Massachusetts to settle elsewhere.
  • Entries outline no more than 3 generations of a family and may not contain vital data on living people.
  • Entries may be a family study, tell an interesting story, or provide a solution to a genealogical problem.
  • Entries must include sources for every fact.
  • Responsibility for accuracy of content remains with the author.
  • Permissions must be obtained for all photographs, artwork, and “substantial portions” of secondary sources.
  • Formatting requirements:
    • Register style for genealogical compilation
    • 12-page maximum, including footnotes
    • 12-point Times New Roman font
    • Follow Register style or the citation format in MASSOG for citation style.
  • A judging committee, using blind judging, will select the winners based on accuracy of documentation and clarity of interpretation.
  • Winners agree to be published in MASSOG.
  • Winners to be announced at the 2018 MSOG Annual Meeting.
  • Online guidelines at http://www.msoginc.org/msogwp/publications/massog/massog-submission-guidelines.
  • Register style at; https://www.americanancestors.org/ Click on Browse > Browse Publications > The NEHG Register > then submission guidelines > Writing guidelines. Download a Register-style template.
  • Helpful references:
    • Guide to Genealogical Writing by Penelope L. Stratton and Henry B. Hoff
    • Chicago Manual of Style
  • Contact the editor at MASSOG@msoginc.org for questions.
  • See the Writing Contest Full Rules for 2018.