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The 24th Annual Siegelbaum
Literary & Visual Arts Competition

The Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education is proud to announce the 24th Annual Siegelbaum Literary and Visual Arts Competition for 2021.

The theme for this school year's competition is: Telling it Forward.

Over the past ten months, we have been forced to shutter our doors and stay home with our families and loved ones. During this time, have there been stories that you heard that gave you strength to continue? Did you tell over stories of resilience that gave you courage during difficult moments?

We’d like to hear your story too! At this time we are inviting you to share a piece of your family history that inspires you to make a difference in this world. As a bonus, we’ve shared one story with you on our website that will help you and your class learn to tell their own.

We are grateful for the generosity of Judy Siegelbaum, who established this competition in memory of her husband, Dr. Harold Siegelbaum, whose vision helped found the Museum.

The competition has three separate categories—literary arts, multimedia, 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.

Each category and division will award First, Second, and Third places with gift cards. The submitting teacher of each first prize winning student will also receive a $100 gift card to spend for their classroom (one per teacher). Work will be judged by a prominent group of educators.

The deadline for submission of entries is March 15, 2021. Winners will be announced on May 15, 2021 and will be recognized at a Virtual Awards Ceremony.

We look forward to working with you and hope you will encourage your students to enter the Siegelbaum Literary and Visual Arts Competition of 2021! The guidelines, entry forms and all instructions for the competition are available below.

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

Siegelbaum competition flyer PDF
click image for downloadable PDF of event flyer and artifacts

Objective

Share a piece of your family history that inspires you to make a difference in this world. Watch the following story and share your own!.

Julie Golding HMCTE Curator shares her story.
Please use as an example of a video story for the competition.

First, Second and Third place winners will be awarded in two separate divisions: middle school and high school, and in three separate categories: Literary Arts, Multimedia and Visual Arts. The submitting teacher of each first place prize winning student will receive $100 to spend for their classroom (one per teacher). Work will be judged by a prominent group of educators

The Siegelbaum Literary and Visual Arts Competition
Contest Guidelines 2021

  1. All entries must relate to the contest theme: Telling It Forward.
  2. All entries must complete the 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, but only one needs to include the entry file attachment. Entrant's name and school must NOT appear on the entry itself.
  3. Entries must fall into one of the following categories: literary arts (prose, poetry or essay), multimedia 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. All essays can be up to 1000 words.
  9. All videos must be no longer than 4 minutes
  10. Visual arts must be submitted in PDF or JPG format
  11. Submissions will be accepted electronically via the entry form.
  12. Filenames for the uploaded entry file should be the title of your entry. Do not include your name or school name anywhere in the uploaded video, image or word document.
  13. All entries must be submitted to the Museum no later than March 15, 2021 at 5:00 pm. There are no exceptions.
  14. Entries will be judged by middle school and high school divisions in three categories: literary arts, multimedia and visual arts. Awards will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category.
  15. Winners will be notified on May 15, 2021.
  16. Winners will be recognized at a virtual award ceremony. The date will be determined soon. All winners are expected to attend.
  17. Any submission which falls outside the guidelines or theme of this competition cannot be accepted as an entry into the Siegelbaum Competition.

Questions may be directed to Andrea at:
holocaustrcc@gmail.com