Win a Family History Publishing Package
Enter the Family Tree Magazine-Abbott Press Publishing Contest by September 30, 2011, for a chance to win.


  • One Grand Prize winner will receive a complete publishing package from Abbott Press.
  • One First Place winner will receive the Family Tree University independent study course Writing Your Family Memoir on CD.
  • One Second Place winner will receive a copy of My Life & Times: A Guided Journal for Collecting Your Stories from Family Tree Books.

Official Terms and Conditions

You may enter the 2011 Family Tree Magazine-Abbott Press Contest (the “Contest”) by emailing a description of your desired family history publishing project to anytime during the submission period, or until the first 200 submissions are recieved. Only one manuscript submission is permitted per entrant. Any entrant who submits multiple entries will be disqualified.
Submissions period begins on September 8, 2011. The deadline to submit an entry for the contest is 11:59 PM ET on September 30, 2011.
There are no entry fees, no subsidy payments and no purchases of any kind required to enter and/or win the contest.
By submitting your entry, you hereby specifically represent and warrant that your contest entry: Is original material written by the contestant and is the sole responsibility of the contestant; Has not been copied, in whole or in part, from any other work (as written in any language or in any medium, whether now known or hereafter devised) has not been previously published, produced, or distributed in any audio or visual form, or otherwise exploited in any medium (whether now known or hereafter devised, in whole or in part); Does not defame, and does not infringe or violate the right of privacy, right of publicity, copyright, trademark, service mark, trade secret, or any intellectual property, proprietary or other right(s) of, any third party; Does not include the name or likeness of any actual person(s), without having obtained the express prior written consent of such person(s) (or of such person’s parent or legal guardian if such person is a minor) in each instance; Entrants are entirely responsible for all content submitted; Abbott Press and Family Tree Magazine reserve the right to declare any entry ineligible if it is determined that the entry is not in accordance with the terms stated in Abbott Press’s Editorial Standards or in these Official Contest Rules; and Meets each of the content requirements found in these Official Contest Rules.
All members of Family Tree Magazine or visitors to the Family Tree Magazine website. Must be 18 years of age or older or with parental consent. Employees of Family Tree Magazine, F+W Media and Abbott Press are not eligible to enter the contest. Only the first 200 submissions will be eligible to win contest prizes.
In 500 words or less describe why your family history should be published. The entrant must also provide an email address and phone number where he or she can be reached. Entrants that do not meet these content requirements will not be considered. Entrant must retain a copy of the submitted entry either in either digital form or hard copy form.
All non-winning entries will be destroyed except for entries submitted by entrants who decide to purchase a book publishing package from Abbott Press.
All of the submitted entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges. Judges reserve the right to disqualify entrants that do not comply with these Official Contest Rules.
Entries are judged based on the compelling nature of their family history description, including historical context and relevance, as well asthe uniqness of the story. The judges will select one Grand Prize winner, one First Place winner, and one Second Place winner. All decisions of the judges are final.
By October 14, 2011, the winners will be announced. All prize winners will be notified and posted on and
One Grand Prize winner will receive:
Free Premium Package from Abbott Press in which to publish your family history
First Place winner will receive:
Family Tree University independent study course called Write Your Family Memoir (on CD).
Second Place winner will receive:
My Life & Times: A Guided Journal for Collecting Your Stories
All entrants will receive: 25 percent discount off any Abbott Press publishing package.
No transfer or substitution of prizes permitted, and no more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded. Winners are solely responsible for all costs or expenses not specifically exempted herein, and any and all applicable federal, state or local taxes on the value of their prizes.
Winners must execute, notarize and return within 5 days of receipt by winner a liability release, a publicity release (where legal), and any other documentation that Sponsors require. By the act of accepting a prize, winners (or their legal guardian, if applicable) agree to the release of winner’s name, pen name, likeness and city and state of residence for potential publicity purposes and use on the Family Tree Magazine or Abbott Press web site, except where prohibited by law, without further compensation.
Entrants and winners are under no obligation whatsoever to purchase a publishing package but may be offered the opportunity by an Abbott Press Publishing Consultant.
Void where prohibited by law. Federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Family Tree Magazine and Abbott Pressare not responsible for any individual's inability to enter this contest, including but not limited to: failed software or hardware transmissions; unavailable network, server, telephone or other connections; errors of any kind, whether human, electronic, or mechanical regarding lost, misdirected, late, incomplete or damaged entries; or for any damage to any computer, network, hardware or software related to or resulting from participation. Family Tree Magazine and Abbott Press reserve the right to end or modify the contest if fraud or technical failures compromise the integrity of the contest as determined by our sole discretion. Entrants agree to the following: The Sponsors, their respective promotional partners, affiliated companies, agencies and their employees are not liable for injury, losses, damages or costs of any kind resulting from participation in this contest, or in results of accepting or using the prize awarded. By entering the Contest, participants agree to be bound by these rules. Family Tree Magazine and Abbott Press respect the privacy of our members. By entering this contest, entrants opt into the use of their registration information in accordance with the Abbott Press Privacy Policy and consent to receiving correspondence via telephone and/or email by Family Tree Magazine and Abbott Press. The Contest may be terminated without prior notice at any time after it begins.
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