An annual $500 scholarship toward tuition and expenses at either the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (Samford) or the National Institute on Genealogical Research (Washington, D.C.) is awarded by the American Society of Genealogists. Applicants must submit a resume, a 5,000+ word manuscript or published work demonstrating quality genealogical research, and a brief statement.
Deadline: September 30
This long-running annual genealogy writing contest for New England–based genealogical works, awards a $1,000 grand prize for the best Genealogy, and two first prizes of $500 each for the best Family History and the best Genealogical Resource Publication. There is also a "fledgling essay contest" for new writers—winning entries may be selected for publication in The Connecticut Nutmegger.
Deadline: February 15
The Donald Lines Jacobus Award was established in 1972 by the American Society of Genealogists to encourage sound scholarship in genealogical writing. The award is presented annually to the author of a model genealogy published within the previous five years. Nominations for the Jacobus Award are made by Fellows of the American Society of American Genealogists who edit journals that run book reviews.
This annual $500 award honors scholarship in research on Colonial Virginia topics. Entries may either be an unpublished family genealogy, a study of Virginia immigrant origins, or a publication plan for a project that will make available Virginia records from the 17th or 18th centuries.
Deadline: December 31
Named for the late P. William Filby, the Filby Prize is awarded annually to a librarian with at least five years experience whose primary focus is genealogy and local history. Entries for this prestigious award are by nomination, and the annual winner is awarded a $1000.
Deadline: January 31
There's a different theme each year in this writing contest sponsored by the Genealogical Forum of Oregon. The article/story must be between 750–5000 words and be fully source cited with endnotes or footnotes. Entry is free for members and $10 for non-members.
Deadline: February 1
An annual competition sponsored by the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors was begun in 1989 to encourage high standards in genealogy journalism. Entries are accepted in five categories, from content written/published the previous year:
- Newspaper Columns
- Published Articles
- Original Research Story
- Want-to-Be Writer/Columnist
- Unpublished, by Published Authors
Awards, including a cash prize and a certificate, are presented at the annual FGS conference in August/September. Members of ISFHWE receive a discount on the registration fee.
Deadline: June 15
Deadline: December 1
The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) sponsors an annual creative poster competition for Jewish Genealogy Month (previously sponsored by Avotaynu). Only member organizations of the IAJGS may submit entries, which may be created by either members or non-members of that organization. The winning poster/flyer will be unveiled at the annual IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy and the artist creating the winning entry will receive free registration for the conference.
Deadline: June 20
This annual genealogy writing competition sponsored by the Minnesota Genealogical Society judges entries based on the basis of originality, writing quality, documentation of evidence, and suitability for publication.
Deadline: July 15