2014 AHSGR Convention
An exciting component of every convention is to learn who the winners of the
Society Storytelling Contest are and to hear their stories. This year is no
exception and we anticipate another group of excellent stories to be submitted.
If you are
interested in entering AHSGR's Storytelling Contest, here is what we're
looking for...A good, interesting, unpublished story that pertains to the
history, culture, folklore, language, or life experiences of the Germans
from Russia. Examples:
- Memories of village life in the Old Country (festivals,
food ways, visits
about immigration to the New World (the Great voyage, Ellis Island,
- “Believe it or not” stories, ghosts stories, humorous stories, inspiring
AHSGR STORYTELLING CONTEST
- Each entry must
follow the following format or it will be disqualified:
Typewritten , double-spaced,
and in clear, dark print on 8 Vi x 11” white paper with one (1”)
margins, in standard 12 point font/type.
If using computer, submit in
Word Perfect, MS-Word, or RTF not PDF documents.
No story can be longer then
(5) typewritten pages.
Contestants may submit as
many stories as they wish, but each entry must be separate and accompanied
by a separate and completed entry form.
Send five (5) printed copies
of each story.
·Send CD of Flash Drive (if
possible) which includes: 1) your story, 2)any pictures that enhance the
story (in jpg format), 3) a short biography of yourself as author, and 4)
a picture of yourself.
Photos should be 300 dpi
and unedited. If unable to send original photos in jpg, send physical
copy of photo to be scanned.
You will be notified via
e-mail upon receipt of your packet.
- The name of the
author/submitter should NOT appear on the story itself. Complete the
ENTRY FORM (SPANISH FORM)
(GERMAN FORM) and attach to your entry with a paper clip.
Upon receipt, each story will be assigned a reference number (to assure
fair and impartial judging).
- Entrants who are
14 years old or younger must indicate their current age and their full
birth date (month/day/year). These individuals will be entered in the
"Youth Division." All entrants 15 years old or older will be
judged in the "Adult Division."
- The title of the
story should appear that enhance the story on the first page of each
- Each story must
deal with some aspect of the Germans from Russia. To help put your
story in context, you might want to begin with something like - "This
story is based on an actual incident that tool place about 1890, in the
Volga village of Straub. The story was often told by my
grandfather who was born in Straub in 1875 and who immigrated to the
United States in 1970."
- If submitting a
story in dialect German or Standard German, a full translation (in
English) must be included. Both versions must still be within the
- Each entry must
represent the story of/by the entrant.
- Submitted copies
of the story will not be returned.
- All stories will
be evaluated by a sub-committee of 3-4 AHSGR members. Entries will
be evaluated using a score sheet and the final results will be announced
at the upcoming AHSGR Convention. Three prizewinners and one
or more "Honorable Mention" winners are possible in both the Adult and
the Youth Divisions.
All Entries must
be received by MARCH 1, 2014.
Entries received after that date cannot be considered.
Award - $100.00
Award - $75.00
Award - $50.00
(Awards for ties will be prorated)
Honorable Mentions are also possible
Youth Division (14 years or younger)
place Award - $50.00
Award - $30.00
Award - $20.00
AHSGR Youth membership will be included with each of the above awards)
are also possible
Contest Registration Forms and Instructions
ENGLISH ENTRY FORM
Please send the entry form, along with 5 printed copies of your story,
a copy on a CD or Flash Drive (if possible), any pictures that enhance the
story, a short biography and a picture of yourself, to:
Charlotte Ochs Lindsay
2343 S. Nash Street
Arlington, VA 22202
DEADLINE: ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY MARCH
Winners of the 2013 Storytelling Contest
"Easter in Siberia"
Mary Ruth Neufeld
""Go To A Land I Will
"Vanya and the Eleven Horses"