Family History ACT

The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra Inc.


E.M. Fletcher Writing Award

Every family has a story – write yours now!

compertition start   Entries for the best short story of 1500 – 2000 words on a family history or genealogy theme will be in contention to win a $1,000 prize. A separate HAGSOC member prize of 12 months membership and a $75.00 society voucher will also be awarded.

The 2021 writing competition is NOW OPEN. Competition closes on 15 July 2021.
Start writing now!

Entry fees

The entry fee is $20.00 HAGSOC members, $30.00 non-members

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The E.M. Fletcher Writing Award is named in honour of Society Fellow Eunice Fletcher, a long time member who had significant input into the formation of the Society over many years. Eunice

Judges for the 2021 competition

The judges for the competition are as follows.

Erica Cervini

Erica Cervini

Dr Erica Cervini is an award-winning journalist, who became fascinated with the concept of how to write about a family member who left few personal documents after completing a life-writing subject at The University of Melbourne. Erica then went on to complete her PhD by creative project and exegesis at Victoria University in 2019. She is still working as a journalist for the NSW Council of Deans of Education and is also lecturing and tutoring in communication at The Australian Catholic University.

In 2020, she was interviewed on ABC Radio Melbourne about her thesis and on Radio National’s Life Matters program on the topic of "how your family history can enrich us all". Erica has also delivered talks on family history for the Australian Jewish Historical Association, and for a seminar organised by the Society of Australian Genealogists and The Centre for Applied History at Macquarie University. Last year, she also had a story about her great-grandmother and great-uncle published in The Guardian (Australia). The non-fiction narrative section of Erica’s thesis is now an e-book. Erica has written extensively on higher education for The Age, The Australian Financial Review and The Australian.

Pennie Pemberton

Pennie Pemberton

Pennie spent many years working at what is now the ANU Archives where she first encountered the papers of the Australian Agricultural Company which have been a continuing obsession, besides providing thesis topic and the book Pure Merinos and others: The Shipping Lists of the Australian Agricultural Company.

She joined HAGSOC in 1980, serving on Council for ten years, also taking part in the Society’s Roadshows, speaking on the annual Family History course, contributing to early versions of Family History for Beginners & Beyond as well as editing (with Cora Num and June Penny) its companion Family History Research Manager.

Pennie has been researching her own family history since she was a teenager - and is now going back over that early 'research' to check "what she was told" against the wonderful resources now available on-line and in the HAGSOC Library.

Kathryn Coughran

Barbara Moore

Kathryn’s passion for family history and the written word have intertwined for five decades. She began exploring her family’s stories in the seventies, intensified her research in the nineties and continues this journey daily. She has written since childhood and studied at various colleges, most recently at Faber Writing Academy. She has taught a range of writing courses over the past twenty-six years, the most popular being Personal and Ancestral Stories. She has won writing awards and has judged various competitions.

Kathryn has written a comprehensive family history of a Western Sydney pioneering family and has assisted many to research and pull together their family stories. She currently writes full-time and is working on a mixed-genre manuscript – family history related, of course!

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