- You must be a BIFHSGO member on 31 May 2024.
- You may only enter one family story, which hasn’t been published elsewhere.
- If you are writing about your family after they left the British Isles, you must clearly show your family’s origins in the British Isles.
- You may write a story about the origins of your British Isles family, the process of discovering a person/family, or an interesting fact/event in your family history; the story must be true and the facts not fictionalized in your account.
- You must submit your entry digitally as a PDF file.
- Your story must be written in English.
- The maximum length of the entry is 4,000 words, including bibliographies and endnotes.
- Illustrations (photos, drawings, charts, maps) are encouraged.
- A family tree chart for the family/individual in the story must accompany your entry as an aid to the judges but will not be included as part of the entry evaluation. Hand-drawn tree charts are acceptable but must be digitized/scanned and submitted electronically.
- Entries, winning or not, may be published in BIFHSGO’s journal Anglo-Celtic Roots (following the usual editing process with the ACR editorial team).
- Competition organizers and the judges are excluded from entering.