Storytelling is an important oral and written tradition that ensures the continuation and enhancement of Germans from Russia history and heritage among future generations.

The annual AHSGR Storytelling Contest invites members and non-members to capture the Germans from Russia experience through storytelling. Writers can participate by submitting fiction or nonfiction stories, poetry that explore the history, heritage, folklore, food, and culture of the Germans from Russia. Winning stories will be presented on October 10, 2024, at the Virtual Storytelling Contest Winners presentation via Zoom.

See rules and details below for more information.

Topics for stories and poems include, but are not limited to:
• Memories passed down from Russia
• The Soviet experience: those who stayed
• Immigration experiences
• Generational stories (First, Second, Third…)
• Integrating into the new community
• Adaptations of German from Russia traditions


Stories or poems must not have been previously published or posted in any form.
AHSGR will be granted the usage and publishing rights for the story or poem.


Photos and illustrations to go along with the written works are encouraged.
Length restriction: Not more than 2,000 words.


Deadline for submission: Friday, September 6, 2024. You can submit your story by using the form below, emailing it to, or mailing it to AHSGR 631 D St., Lincoln, NE 68502.

Winners will be notified on October 1 by the Culture & Folklore Committee Chair and announced via e-blast, social media, AHSGR website, and the Newsletter.


• $250 for First Place
• $150 for Second Place
• $100 for Third Place
• Honorable Mention (May be awarded more than once.)

All prize winners will receive a ribbon.

Prize money will be disbursed via mailed check. Winning submissions will be published in the Newsletter or Journal, on the AHSGR website, and links will be included in the e-blast after the Zoom event.


2024 Storytelling Contest


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