Holocaust Remembrance Service of Northwest Louisiana

High School Competition 2020

To remember the lives that were lost during one of humanity’s worst periods, our community remembers the Holocaust with an annual memorial service. Through our remembering and active cooperation, we strive to obliterate injustice. Because our future is only as strong as our youth, we are continuing our annual writing competition to encourage students to voice their understandings of the tragedy of the past and their hopes for the future.

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January 27th, 2020 was the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp Auschwitz. Choose one or more of the following to address: How did the camp survivors move from liberation to recovery? What challenges did the survivors face during their recovery? Who was involved in helping the survivors after liberation? How did survivors deal with losing their family?

There are 4 separate categories for this year's competition. The guidelines that apply to all four categories are:

  • All entries must be submitted by a teacher. (Homeschooled students must have a parent submit entry.) • Entries must be submitted with a completed cover sheet, which can be found on the website.
    • Each entry type (Art, Music, Poetry, Prose) has a corresponding cover sheet (below).
  • Include a header on each page with only title of entry and page number.
  • Entries must not include reference to student or school name.
  • Each entry type has additional criteria which must be met. See the links below for your entry type.
  • Entries that do not follow these criteria and the category specific criteria below will be disqualified.

Please print out the cover sheet for your specific entry type:

Be sure to submit the Art Cover Sheet with your entry.

  • Must be a two-dimensional image on medium no thicker than 0.75"
  • Entries must not exceed 12" x 18".
  • Artwork must be matted or mounted.
  • Fixative spray must be applied to charcoal, pencil, pastel, and chalk art.
  • May include photography, computer-generated images.
  • May use charcoal, pencil, pastel, chalk, watercolors, acrylics, or oils.
  • All images, regardless of medium, are considered property of the original artist.
  • Renderings of another’s work will be disqualified.
  • Artwork does not require header.

Be sure to submit the Music Cover Sheet with your entry.

  • May be instrumental or lyrical
  • All instruments, sounds, styles and combinations are accepted.
  • Software may be used to produce an audio recording provided it does not include commercially pre-programmed imported MIDI or other source files.
  • Entries containing algorithmic composition techniques are not accepted.
  • Entries must be new and original songs inspired by the theme.
  • Each entry must be the work of one student only.
  • Audio must not exceed 3 minutes in length and 1GB (one gigabyte) in file size.
  • Notation & Score Required.
    • Notation software may be used.
    • Appropriate instrumentation and voicing are required.
    • Each page must be numbered.
    • Notation/Score must be printed on 8.5"x11" (single-sided) or saved/scanned as a single PDF.
  • Audio file may be MP3, WMA, WAV, ACC (M4A) or FLAC.
  • Videos are not accepted.
Submitting a Musical Composition:
  • Audio file & notation/score (if applicable) as well as CD/USB Drive must be labeled with your Arts Category, Grade Division, Last Name and First Name.
  • Pack the CD/USB in a large envelope and use masking tape to secure your Student Entry Form to the outside of the envelope.
  • Include a second copy of your Student Entry Form inside the envelope.
  • Mastery of the medium may be a formal composition technique or a simple approach.

Be sure to submit the Poetry Cover Sheet with your entry.

  • Entries must be titled and typed.
  • Entries must not include graphics, drawings, or other images.
  • Entries may be no more than 450 words, double-spaced, and in 12-point Arial font.
  • Submissions must represent the independent work of the student, but teachers may provide grammatical or spelling recommendations. Students must include a bibliography at the end. (This is not part of the word count).

Be sure to submit the Prose Cover Sheet with your entry.

  • Entries must be titled and typed.
  • Acknowledgement of sources must be within the essay and location of sources at must be at the end of the paper.
  • Entries may be no more than 500 words, double-spaced, and in 12- point Arial font. Submissions must represent the independent work of the student, but teachers may provide grammatical or spelling recommendations.

The decision of the judges is final. Judging will be based on:

  • Originality and creativity
  • Historical accuracy
  • Addresses the contest theme
  • Follows the specific criteria for each category

Contest judges review submissions with no knowledge of the student's identity, school, teacher, or residence. In order to provide anonymous papers for judging, the body of the paper should not contain any information identifying the writer. The entry must be the original work of the student. Judges request that teachers review students' work and submit only entries worthy of being considered for judging. By submitting an entry, you are agreeing to all the judging criteria.

Entries must be submitted to either of the following no later than Noon on March 1st*:

Special extensions for a March 2nd submission will be approved this year if requested in advance.

Prizes are awarded at the discretion of the Holocaust Remembrance Committee. Some rewards may not be given, depending on the number of entries received and evaluation of merit by a panel of judges.

  • 1st Place Student (in each entry type): $400 Amazon Gift Card
  • 2nd Place Student (in each entry type): $200 Amazon Gift Card
  • 3rd Place Student (in each entry type): $100 Amazon Gift Card

Literary winners will be expected to attend the Holocaust Memorial Service.

  • Teachers with students who submit qualifying entries in the writing competition will each receive a $25 Amazon gift certificate.
  • Teachers who attend the Holocaust Remembrance Service with at least three of their students will receive an additional $25 Amazon gift certificate. (Teachers who attend the service with students need not have students submit entries to receive an award.)
  • In addition to the winning students, contributing students, institutions, and award-winning teachers will be recognized during the Holocaust Remembrance Service.
  • Schools whose students submit eligible entries will receive $200.

Check out our resource page for links that can help with resources for your entry.