• 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

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23rd Annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest

Turning Memory to Strength
Living with Courage, Resilience and Hope


Decorative: 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 parents/guardians, and teachers will be invited to participate in an expense-paid study trip June 20-24, 2022, to visit the Holocaust Museum LA, the Museum of Tolerance, the Japanese American National Museum, and other sites in Los Angeles, as well as to meet with members of The 1939 Society, a community of Holocaust survivors, descendants, and friends.

Funding permitting, this year’s winning participants will be joined by those from the 2020 and 2021 contests, including first-place students living outside of the United States. In addition, first-place student entries will 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.

Students awarded second prize in each category will receive $200 and their sponsoring educator and school will receive $100 each.

Virtual Recognition Event (2021)

Winning Entries (2021)

Middle School


Silenced Emotion by Mary Jane Pfaff

We Live for Each Other by Olivia Brandeis

Freedom and Hope by Kaylin Stapinski

The Power of Promise by Dorathy Laster


One by Emily Nelmida

To Live by Rhiannon Jewell

Wings that Embraced by Coral Hsu

Staying to Survive by Violet Chen

High School


Perseverance by Arantza Guerena

It is Worthwhile Surviving by Miruna-Maria Dumitriu

An Inspiring Spirit by Shiri Kaplan

Alone but Together by Kristi Ikemoto


The Face of a Clock by Bryson Naylor

Together by Noelle Zepeda

Dared to be Different by Angelina Ahrendt

Dragons by Micaela Martz

Online Submission Form

The online submission form is replacing the official cover sheet.

Regardless of method of delivery (online or hard copy), please use this form for each of your students' entries.

Important Dates

Entry Postmark Date:
February 1, 2022

Digital Submission due date:
February 3, 2022

Awards Ceremony
March 11, 2022

21-22 Contest

Download the 21-22 contest brochure with inspiration, prompt and submission information.

Download the 21-22 Educator's Guide with judging rubrics, common core connections and frequently asked questions about the contest.

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