Researching the Empire State Writing Competition

The Empire State Library Network (which comprises WNYLRC and the 8 other library councils in the state) is pleased to initiate its second annual Researching the Empire State Writing Competition.

The purpose of the Researching the Empire State Writing Competition is to encourage original research and publication around cultural, social, and political topics of New York history utilizing the digital collections developed by the Empire State Library Network: NYS Historic Newspapers and New York Heritage, as well as by use of New York’s many other scholarly resources.

Consider entering the contest yourself, or encouraging your patrons or students. The winner receives a certificate, publication on the Empire State Library Network web site, a $1,000 cash prize, and  registration to the New York State Archives Conference in Utica to present their research.

Read all the details at the contest page on