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 dhrcdirector @ with any questions.  The theme for the 2021 Lydia May Memorial Holocaust Writing Contest and Max May Memorial Holocaust Art Contest is:

How can Holocaust Study help us reduce Prejudice, Bullying and Hatred? 

In these difficult times we see hatred, bigotry and bullying as major threats to our peace and our democracy.  At the same time we see the rise of grassroots movements opposed to this frightening trend.  Our schools are not immune – young people as well as adults must deal with prejudice and racism.  The study of the Nazi Holocaust can give us insight into the roots of bigotry as well as hopeful ideas on how to deal with it, as we strive to fulfill the goal of “tikkun olam” – the Hebrew ideal of “healing the world.”

We understand that the unprecedented challenges of this school year may make it difficult for students, teachers and parents to participate in the contests.  We encourage entries from students being schooled at home as well in traditional classrooms. 

Entries must be submitted by Friday, March 19, 2021.  Click on the links below for full information.

Lydia May Holocaust Writing Contest

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. (link to catalog.pdf)

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