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Sharing Stories

Sharing Stories 2021

We Invite You to Write a Story

Submit a true story about an interesting person, event, or location to SMCGS to be entered into a drawing for prizes, publication, and/or reading aloud at our November 20 general meeting (which will be a week earlier than usual because of the Thanksgiving holiday).

Each entry receives a small gift. See information below to submit a story.



            • Submission Deadline: November 1, 2021
            • Saturday, November 20: Story readings by participants via Zoom during our November general meeting                


            • All entries receive a small gift for participation.
            • All entries entered into the Sharing Stories virtual drawing for three $25 cash prizes
            • Special virtual drawing of stories about San Mateo County for three SMCGS tote bags.

                       EVENT GUIDELINES

            • Open to all - SMCGS members & non-members
            • Non-fiction family or San Mateo County stories
            • 1,000 words or less
            • Up to three entries per person
            • Story topics: A short anecdote about an interesting person, event, or place from your family history.  No family genealogies please.
            • Take a look at some of the entries from 2019
            • Photos, maps or other graphics encouraged
            • Writers must agree to have their stories printed in the SMCGS newsletter, blog, or Facebook page
            • Send your questions to


            • 1,000 words or less
            • Font/Size: Times New Roman, 11-point
            • Single spaced; space between paragraphs
            • Save document in MS Word (doc or docx) or Rich Text Format (rtf)
            • Photo credit: Include photo source (personal file, website URL, permission to use, etc.)
            • Download an application form here. (After downloading, look in your Downloads folder. Edit the form and submit it with your story)
            • Submit your story and application form to

San Mateo County Genealogical Society

     SMCGS is a 501(c)(3) organization

PO Box 5569
Redwood City, CA 94063-5569


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