Writing and Art Contests

Each winter the Dayton Holocaust Resource Center sponsors two contests for students in grades 5 through 12. Click on the links below for complete details about the contests, including this year’s themes and deadlines. Contact rene @ daytonholocaust.org with any further questions.

The theme for this year’s Lydia May Memorial Holocaust Writing Contest and Max May Memorial Holocaust Art Contest is:

“Heroes of the Holocaust”

Millions of Jews, Roma, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, political prisoners and others died in concentration camps or were murdered in their villages all across central and eastern Europe – perhaps as many as eleven million all told.  But the Holocaust is the story of each individual – the victims of course, but also the rescuers, the survivors, the resisters.   Your writing or art project should focus on one person or group of people who behaved in a heroic manner under conditions that we can scarcely imagine.  We are not publishing a list of heroes or heroines here, so as not to ‘push’ students in one direction or another; but we are happy to help with ideas – just e-mail us or send a private Facebook message.  

Writing entries must be submitted by Friday, March 9, 2018; art entries by Friday, March 16.

Lydia May Memorial Holocaust Writing Contest

Click here to see a booklet of some past winning entries.

Max May Memorial Holocaust Art Contest

In 2002 we published a booklet containing some of the best contest entries from the past decade. Contact us if you would like copies, or view the entire booklet here. (large PDF file)

In 2003 and 2004, a selection of Art Contest entries were exhibited at the Webster Street Market, the Dayton Art Institute, and Sinclair Community College. Click here for the complete exhibit catalogue – thanks to Jill Wysong of the DAI.

Since 2004, selected Art Contest entries have been exhibited at the Dayton Art Institute. Some of these are pictured on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/DaytonHRC