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NGS Newsletter Competition

To recognize the hard work, long hours, and creativity that volunteer editors devote to their newsletters.

Deadline for Submissions—15 December Annually


There are now two categories for member newsletters edited by volunteers and published by genealogical/historical societies, family associations, and member organizations.

  • Large (500 or more members)
  • Small (Less than 500 members)


  • The winning society or organization in each of the two categories will receive a complimentary one-year organization membership
  • Feature in the NGS Magazine


  • Each applicant must be an NGS society or organization member.
  • Each editor must be a volunteer.
  • Newsletter must be submitted by the society or organization—not by an individual.
  • Four copies of two consecutive issues from the current year must be submitted along with the completed entry form.
  • Electronic newsletters may be entered in the competition. One copy of two consecutive electronic newsletters from the current year must be submitted along with the completed entry form.

Guidelines for Newsletter Competition


A panel of three judges will review both issues of the newsletter using the following criteria:

  • material interest, variety and originality;
  • writing and editing quality;
  • readability and attractiveness; and
  • overall publication makeup.

Your newsletter will not be evaluated on the correctness of its genealogical content.


  • The panel’s comments will be evaluated and tallied.
  • The president of each entry organization will be notified of the competition results.
  • A representative of the winning organization will be invited to the next NGS Family History Conference to receive their award.

Application for Newsletter Competition

Application Form (PDF 138KB) >

Mail the materials to:
NGS Newsletter Competitions
National Genealogical Society
6400 Arlington Blvd, Suite 810
Falls Church, VA 22042-2318

Deadline for submissions is 15 December, annually.