The Rubincam Youth Writing Competition was established in 1986 to honor Milton Rubincam, CG, FASG, FNGS, for his many years of service to the National Genealogical Society and to the field of genealogy. These awards encourage and recognize our youth as the next generation of family historians.
The awards may be given annually to a student in either the junior category (grades 6-8) or senior category (grades 9-12) for an appropriately prepared genealogy. Up to two honorable mentions (runners-up) may also be named in each category. The awards are announced and presented at the annual NGS Banquet at the annual NGS Family History Conference. If the winners are not present, award presentations may be made at another agreed-upon time.
High school students in grades 9–12 at the time of submission. The award winner receives a $500 cash prize, a plaque, and a one-year NGS membership (non-print). Presentation details of the winning submission may appear in NGS Magazine. (This was the only category in the Rubincam Youth Writing Competition until 2007.)
Middle school students in grades 6–8 at the time of submission. The award winner receives a $250 cash prize, a plaque, and a one-year NGS membership (non-print). Presentation details of the winning submission may appear in NGS Magazine. (This category was established in 2007.)
The following downloadable PDF files detail submission requirements for both the Senior and the Junior categories of the Rubincam Youth Writing Competition.
Senior Rubincam Youth Writing Competition Submission Requirements (PDF 142KB) >
Junior Rubincam Youth Writing Competition Submission Requirements (PDF 129KB) >
Deadline for submissions is 15 December, annually.
Submission by Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Include “Rubincam Youth Writing Competition” in the subject line.
Submission by Postal Mail
NGS Rubincam Youth Writing Competition
National Genealogical Society
6400 Arlington Blvd, Suite 810
Falls Church, VA 22042-2318