Local History Writing Contest


Crandon High School Class of 1913

The Crandon Public Library is excited to announce its second annual Local History Writing Contest in collaboration with the Forest County Department on Aging.  The contest is designed to encourage current residents, or those with a Forest County family history connection, to share their family stories in a narrative format. Submissions may be either a family history or a personal history about life in Forest County.  The contest is open to all ages and to residents and visitors alike.

The rules are simple: Write 1 to 5 pages about one of your Forest County ancestors and/or families. How did they come to Forest County? Where did they live? What did they do? Where did their children and grandchildren end up? How did larger events in Wisconsin’s history affect their lives? Make the story as engaging and interesting as possible but please stick to the facts so that we all can learn a little bit of our County’s history from this project.  Entries will be judged on style, their originality, appeal, and writing style. Writers are encouraged, but not required to, utilize the local history resources available in the local history room of the Crandon Public Library.

Entries will be accepted July 1, 2017 through August 15, 2017. A panel of readers will judge the submissions and award cash prizes for First ($125), Second ($75), and Third place ($50). Winners will be announced by September 1, 2017.

All entries will be added to the Local History collection of the Crandon Public Library so  our community members may read and enjoy them. All entries become property of the Crandon Public Library.  Winners will be notified by telephone, and a list of winners will also be posted in the Library after September 15, 2017.

Each contestant should submit an entry form and her/his story to the Crandon Public Library (110 W. Polk Street, Crandon, WI  54520); and all entries, whether delivered in person or by mail, must be received by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.  Entry forms may be requested via phone, mail or may be downloaded below.

Official Entry Form
Official Contest Rules