Writing Competition Information
The E.M. Fletcher Writing Award is a great way to share your family history stories.
2022 competition now closedEnter here
The E.M. Fletcher Writing Award is an annual short story writing competition on a family history / genealogy theme. The competition is judged to select the best short story between 1,500 - 2,000 words. The genre of writing is not limited and the broad theme allows plenty of scope for creativity.
The competition opens on 15th February and closes on 15th July each year. Entrants are in the running to win a $1,000 cash prize, with an additional prize for Family History ACT members.
Each year the Family History ACT (FHACT) Writing Competition Committee convenes a panel of three judges. Two judges are customarily drawn from within the FHACT membership, and one is an external judge. Judges for previous years include Cora Num, Mary Lynn Mather, David Coombes, Professor Peter Stanley, Barbara Moore, Kerrie Gray, Dr Erica Cervini, Kathryn Coughran and Dr Pennie Pemberton.
The winning and short listed entries are published in the December edition of Family History ACT’s journal The Ancestral Searcher. Entries from the 2020 competition are also published in a book Every Family has a Story. If you’ve thought about writing your family story, this book could be the place to start for inspiration and motivation. Look out for the 2021 volume of Every Family has a Story coming soon. Copies of the journal and book are available to purchase through our bookshop.
Read an extract from previous winning entries:
2021 Winner: Denise Newton - The Bitterness of their Woe
2020 Winner: David Wintrip – A Lamb’s Tale
2019 Winner: Kathryn Coughran – All at Sea
The E.M. Fletcher Writing Award was established in 2019 and named in honour of FHACT Fellow Eunice Fletcher, a long-time member who had significant input into the formation of the Society over many years.
Enquiries about the E.M. Fletcher Writing Award should be directed to here.