The 21st Annual Siegelbaum
Literary & Visual Arts Competition

The Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education is proud to announce the Siegelbaum Literary and Visual Arts Competition for the school year 2016-2017. The theme for this school year's competition is: The Power of The Immigrant Story. The objectives of the competition are to foster an awareness of the Holocaust, to provide students with an opportunity to consider the ways one person can make an impact on the world and to promote dialogue and respect among all people.

This competition has been established through the generosity of Judy Siegelbaum, in memory of her husband Dr. Harold Siegelbaum, whose vision helped found the Museum.

This year, the competition will be judged in three separate categories—prose, poetry and visual arts.

Entries will be judged in two separate divisions: one for students in grades six through eight, and the other for students in grades nine through twelve. First, Second and Third place will be awarded in each category, in each division. The submitting teacher of each first prize winning student will receive $100.00 to spend for their classroom (one per teacher). Work will be judged by a prominent group of teachers and professionals.

The deadline for submission of entries is March 21, 2017. Presentation of awards will take place during a ceremony on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the Museum, located on the campus of Rockland Community College. The winners, teachers, principals, family and friends will be invited to attend.

We look forward to working with you and hope you will encourage your students to enter the Siegelbaum Literary and Visual Arts Competition of 2016-2017! The guidelines, entry forms and all instructions for the competition are available below.

Please feel free to contact the Museum at siegelbaumcompetition@gmail.com with any questions you may have.

Testimonies

As you listen and reflect on the testimonies from the six Holocaust survivors below, keep these prompts in mind as you prepare your entry for the competition.

  • What do immigrants bring to society?
  • How do immigrant quotas reflect our country’s position on refugees?
  • What difficulties do families face while deciding to emigrate or flee one’s homeland?
  • How do the testimonies of these Holocaust survivors move us to consider the potential consequences of closing borders to refugees and immigrants today?

The Siegelbaum Literary and Visual Arts Competition
Contest Guidelines 2016 - 2017

  1. All entries must relate to the contest theme: The Power of The Immigrant Story.
  2. All entries must be accompanied by a completed Siegelbaum Literary & Visual Arts Competition Entry Form. If the entry was created by a group, there must be a completed entry form for each and every student who participated in it. Entrant's name and school must NOT appear on the entry itself.
  3. Entries must fall into one of the following categories: prose, poetry, or visual arts.
  4. All entries submitted must be original and unpublished. No revisions will be accepted once an entry is received.
  5. By entering the Siegelbaum Literary and Visual Arts Competition, permission is hereby granted by participants and their parents/guardians to allow the Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education to use their names and submissions in print or internet form.
  6. All prose entries must be in 12 point type, double spaced, and must be limited to 500 words.
  7. All poetry entries must be in 12 point type and double spaced.
  8. Electronic submissions only. No handwritten entries or forms will be accepted.
  9. Artwork must NOT be matted or framed.
  10. 3-D art must be able to be placed on a stand without support, or support must be provided.
  11. We are unable to accept video presentations.
  12. All entries must be submitted to the Museum no later than Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 5:00 pm. There are no exceptions.
  13. Entries will be judged by middle school and high school divisions in three categories: prose, poetry, and visual arts. Awards will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category.
  14. Winners will be notified via email during the first week of May 2017.
  15. Winners will be recognized at an award ceremony to be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. All winners are expected to attend.
  16. All entries may be picked up beginning June 1, 2017. Entries which have not been claimed by June 30, 2017 become the property of the Museum.
  17. Any submission which falls outside the guidelines or theme of this competition cannot be accepted as an entry into the Siegelbaum Competition.

Inquiries may be directed to Amy SaNogueira:
Siegelbaumcompetition@gmail.com

Entries may be submitted by email to:
Siegelbaumcompetition@gmail.com

If you have not already, download an entry form here.

Literature entries must be emailed along with the entry form as attachments to the email address above. Art entries and their accompanying entry forms may be mailed or brought directly to:

Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education
Rockland Community College
145 College Road, Suffern, NY 10901

Art Section

Inspired by the words of the Holocaust survivors seen on the video clips below, from the USC Shoah Foundation, create a two or three dimensional piece of art in response to this year’s theme: The Power of the Immigrant Story..

Your submission must be accompanied by two or three sentences on how your work is a response to the survivors' testimony and addresses the theme of The Power of the Immigrant Story.

Guidelines for Art Submissions:

  • A completed entry form (copy) must be attached to your work.
  • A completed entry form must also be submitted electronically to siegelbaumcompetition@gmail.com.
  • You must title your entry AND have that title appear on both the artwork and the entry form. Your name and school must not appear on the entry itself.
  • All submissions must be your original work.
  • You may use any medium or combination of media.
  • Fixative spray must be applied to charcoal, pencil, pastel, and chalk art.
  • Artwork must not be matted of framed.
  • Copying other artist’s works is not allowed.
  • Submissions will be judge anonymously. Your name, grade, school, teacher’s name) should appear only on the entry form to which your work is attached.

Assessment Criteria:

Originality
Informed, thoughtful, creative response to the topic.

Literary Section

Inspired by the words of the Holocaust survivors seen on the video clips below, from the USC Shoah Foundation, create a poem, piece of prose or composition in response to this year’s theme: The Power of the Immigrant Story.

Guidelines for Literature Submissions:

  • A completed entry form must be attached to your work.
  • All work must be submitted by email to siegelbaumcompetition@gmail.com.
  • You must title your entry AND have that title appear on both your poetry/prose and the entry form. Your name and school must not appear on the entry itself.
  • All submissions must be your original work.
  • Submissions will be judged anonymously. Your name, grade, school, teacher’s name should appear only on the entry form to which your work is attached.

Assessment Criteria:

  • Content
  • Quality
  • Interpretation
  • Relevance
  • Style