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:

 Liberation: Life After the Holocaust

In 2020 we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the liberation of the concentration camps in Europe.  Millions died, but many thousands also survived the camps and went on to live productive and sometimes inspiring lives.  Choose a survivor or camp liberator who has made outstanding contributions to the arts, the sciences, education, or any other significant gift to humanity.

Many inspiring stories can be found at the Jewish Virtual Library, The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, the website of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Remember.org, Israel’s Yad vaShem, and other sites.  And we are happy to make suggestions.

Entries must be submitted by Friday, April 3, 2020.  Click on the links below for full information. 

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