Contest Rules

The deadline for submissions is Friday April 1, 2016 at 4:00 PM


Written entries may be submitted in four categories:

1. Poetry: suggested length 10 to 40 lines

2. Creative Writing (other than poetry): suggested length 350 to 750 words

3. Essay (may be informative or persuasive): suggested length 350 to 750 words

4. Research Paper (high school only): The suggested minimum length is 4 pages, but entries will not be disqualified on this basis.

Please note: Footnotes and bibliography are required for the research paper.

Categories for Art Entries:

(Please note the size limitations below)

1. Elementary school students are invited to create posters pertaining to this year’s theme.

2. Middle and high school students are invited to submit two or three-dimensional art in any medium.

Digital Media:

There will also be a category for film and/or digital media. Entries should not exceed five minutes in length and should be submitted on Flash drive, CD-R disk, or DVD-R disk.

There will be separate judging for elementary, middle and high school entries.

Size Limit: Due to limited display space at the Holocaust Center, students are requested to make their entries no larger than 22” X 14”. This is one-half the size of a standard sheet of poster board. Three dimensional art should occupy a “footprint” no larger than 22” X 14”.


Contest Rules:

1. The entry must be the original work of the student

2. A Cover Sheet is required for each entry

3. All entries become the property of the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida upon submission.

Submission of an entry in this contest constitutes permission for the Holocaust Center to publish the entry, in whole or in part, in a printed or online collection of student work

4. The decision of the Judges is final

Judging Criteria:

1. Originality and creativity

2. Historical accuracy

3. Relation of the entry to the contest theme

4. Proper grammar and writing mechanics (for written entries)


All entrants will receive a certificate and letter of thanks from the Holocaust Center. Prizes are awarded at the discretion of the Yom HaShoah Creative Arts Contest administrator. Awards may not be given in each category, depending on the number of entries received and evaluation of merit by the panel of judges.

Yom HaShoah Commemoration Ceremony:

All prizes will be awarded on Sunday May 1 at 4:00 PM at the annual Yom HaShoah commemoration ceremony. This interfaith, community observance will be held at the Jewish Community Center Gymnasium located at 851 N. Maitland Avenue, Maitland, FL. All contestants and their families are invited to attend.

Selected entries from the art categories may be displayed at the Holocaust Center through the end of May. Students and/or teachers who wish to retrieve contest entries from the Holocaust Center may do so until July 15.

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida · 851 N Maitland Ave · Maitland, FL 32751 · Phone: 407-628-0555 ·