• Holocaust survivors writing inscription on title page of The Holocaust Chronicle
  • Holocaust survivor looks at artwork student created based on her video testimony
    Eva Brettler with student artist Taylor Ota
  • Natan and Fela Gipsman pose with middle school filmmaker Kimberley Sanchez
    Natan and Fela Gipsman with student filmmaker Kimberely Sanchez
  • Engelina Billauer signs Nicholas Franklyn's book
    Engelina Billauer with student filmmaker Nicholas Franklyn
Holocaust Art & Writing Contest

» Annual Holocaust Art & Writing Contest

The 22nd Annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest Virtual Awards Ceremony is now available!

Toggle Section

Toggle Section

22nd Annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest

Sharing Strength: Sustaining Humanity

Sharing Strength contest posterParticipating schools may submit a total of three entries (one entry per student) in any combination of the following categories: art, film, poetry, or prose.

Students will be eligible to win a first prize award of $400 in each category. Educators and schools will also be eligible to win a first prize of $200 each.

First-place student winners in the United States, their parent/guardian, and teacher will be invited to participate in an expense-paid study trip June 20–24, 2021, to visit the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, the Museum of Tolerance, the Japanese American National Museum, and other sites in Los Angeles, well as to meet with members of The 1939 Society, a community of Holocaust survivors, descendants, and friends. Funding permitting, this invitation will also be extended to first-place students living outside of the United States. In addition, first-place student entries will be posted on Chapman University’s contest website.

Students awarded second prize in each category will receive $200 and their sponsoring educator and school will receive $100 each. Second-place student entries will also be posted on Chapman University’s contest website.

Please note that the study trip will not occur if Covid-19 restrictions on travel and social distancing are still in place.

Submission Form

Please use the new submission form for all digital entries.

The following categories may be submitted digitally:

  • Film
  • Poetry
  • Prose

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will accept artworks digitally this year. Please contact Jessica (cioffi@chapman.edu) to discuss these arrangements prior sending your artwork digitally.

Important Dates

Entry Postmark Date:
February 1, 2021

Digital Submission due date:
February 3, 2021

Awards Ceremony
March 12, 2021

Music for Films!

We are grateful to the Orange County Klezmers for making available at no cost to registered participants musical selections from their album Echoes of Vilna. These tracks may only be used for projects created for the Holocaust Art and Writing Contest.

Request link to preview or download songs

20-21 Contest


Download the 20-21 contest brochure with inspiration, prompt and submission information.

Download the 20-21 Educator's Guide with judging rubrics, common core connections and frequently asked questions about the contest.