Writing, Art, & Film Contest 2015
The Holocaust Writing, Art, and Film Contest supports common core standards, encourages students to use primary sources, and challenges students to connect history to current local and global events.
Contest is open to students in grades 5-12 in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska).
Submit entries November 1, 2014 - April 3, 2015.
Teachers! Have your entire class participate and receive your choice of a tote bag or travel mug! You will also be entered to win one teacher-prize of $300!
Film by Marina LaBossier, 1st Place, 2014.
Contest Question and Guildelines (pdf)
LIBERATION: 70 YEARS LATER
How can the lessons of the Holocaust inspire you to help make the world a better place?
Writing can be prose, essay, poetry, or play, 2000 words or less.
Original art pieces only must be submitted. (We are no longer accepting emailed images of art.) Art piece MUST
include an artist’s statement, not more than 100 words, describing your piece and inspiration. Please use fixatives on charcoal and pastel.
FILM (HIGH SCHOOL ONLY):
A short film, 3 minutes or less. Film may be dramatic, documentary, or story. (We are no longer accepting
Powerpoint, Prezi, or performance art.) Do not use copyright images or music without permission.
- $300 Grand Prizes
- Submit entries November 1, 2014 - April 3, 2015. Early entries encuraged.
- All entries MUST include a submission form.
- Read and follow the guidelines. (Entries that do not follow the guidelines will not be considered.)
- Eligibility: Open to students in grades 5-12 in WA, OR, ID, and AK. A student may enter one piece in each category, but each student can only win in one category.
- Categories: Writing, Art, and Film. Each of these categories is subdivided by grade – 5th/6th grade; 7th/8th grade; 9th-12th grade. FILM IS OPEN TO HIGH SCHOOL ONLY.
- Prizes: $300 Grand Prize in each category! Non-cash prizes will also be awarded to runners up.
Teachers who have their entire class enter will receive their choice of a travel mug or tote bag. Winning entries will be displayed at the Holocaust Center, at events, and in publications throughout the year. Winners will be awarded at a community program in Seattle in June 2015.
- Submission Forms (REQUIRED): Each entry MUST have a submission form.
- Referencing: Cite all references and include a bibliography of the books, websites, and films used. Be sure to reference any photographs used. Film—do not use copyright images or footage without permission and reference. Need help finding images and footage? Contact
- Judging: Entries are reviewed by a panel of judges – educators, artists, and authors. See what the judges are looking for - Frequently Asked Questions
- More: Group and class projects are welcome. | If you want your entry returned, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. | Entries that do not follow the guidelines or that do not include a submission form or artist’s statement will be disqualified. | Art entries that depict large swastikas will not be selected. | Entries will become the property of the Holocaust Center. The Holocaust Center reserves the right to publish and/or display all work.
- Frequently Asked Questions
With My Own Eyes: Holocaust. Genocide. Today. (DVD) – Request a free copy or watch online.
Survivor Voices: Online video testimonies – Short clips of local Holocaust survivors sharing their stories. Includes maps, timelines and photos.
Speakers Bureau - Survivors and their children who volunteer their time to speak to students.
Literature – Check out the materials in our Holocaust teaching trunks, arranged by grade level.
Want more? Contact Ilana Cone Kennedy, Director of Education, at