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In Memory of Jacob Friedman

Open to students in grades 5-12 from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska | Deadline: May 1, 2019  | Flyer | Submit Entry Online Now


Over the last 70+ years, the Pacific Northwest has provided a new home for survivors of the Holocaust. Look through the new Survivor Encyclopedia: Washington State and explore the video clips, photos, and artifacts. Choose one local survivor to focus on for your entry.

Through your creativity in writing, art, or short film, show how a local survivor's story (or part of their story) impacts, affects, or inspires you.



Winners in each category will receive the following prizes:
1st Place - $200 | 2nd Place - $100 | 3rd Place - $50

Prizes will be awarded by category. Winning entries will be displayed at the Holocaust Center, at events, and in publications throughout the year. Winners will be announced on May 20th and an awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 2 for the winners and their families. Teachers of 1st place winners will receive $50. Teachers whose entire class enters will receive a gift. 



ENTRY FORM: Every entry must be submitted with an ENTRY FORM. The online form will ask you to upload your entry or provide a link to your entry.  If you are mailing your entry, please print and attach the Entry Form (pdf).

WRITING: Writing can be prose, essay, poetry, play, fiction, non-fiction, etc. 1000 words or less.

ART: Art piece must include an artist’s statement, no more than 100 words, describing your piece. Art piece must be size 18”x24” or smaller and must be flat. We cannot accept sculpture or 3D art.  Please use fixatives on charcoal and pastel. 

FILM: Film must be 3 minutes or less. Film may be dramatic, documentary, story, animation, etc. We cannot accept Powerpoint or Prezi. Do not use copyright images or music without permission or giving credit. 

Categories: Writing - 5th-8th grade | Writing - 9th-12th grade |  Art - 5th-8th grade | Art - 9th-12th grade |  Film - 5th-8th grade |  Film - 9th-12th grade. A student may enter one piece in each category (writing, art, film), but each student can only win in one category.

Judging: Entries are reviewed by a panel of judges.

Citations: All books, websites, films, photographs, and artwork referenced or used in your submission must be cited in a bibliography.  Art—If you are making an artistic representation of an existing photo or piece of art, be sure to cite it. Film—do not use copyright images or footage without permission and reference. Need help finding images and footage? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) - Will my entry be returned? What are the judges looking for? What resources do you suggest? Click here for FAQ's. 

More: Group and class projects are welcome. | If you want your entry returned, you must enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.| Entries that do not follow the guidelines or that do not include an entry form or artist’s statement will be disqualified. | Entries will become the property of the Holocaust Center for Humanity. | The Holocaust Center reserves the right to publish and/or display all work.


The Writing, Art, and Film contest is generously sponsored by Steve and Betty Block.

The Survivor Encyclopedia: Washington State is supported, in part, by 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax and The State of Washington.


See the 2018 Winners

See the 2017 Winners