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 the 2021 Lydia May Memorial Holocaust Writing Contest and Max May Memorial Holocaust Art Contest is:

Reflections on the Holocaust:

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

In these difficult times hatred, racism and bigotry are a great challenge to our peace and democracy.  At the same time we see powerful grassroots movements rising in opposition to this trend.  Bullying and prejudice in our schools are every bit as serious as hatred and violence on the streets.  Holocaust study provides insight into the roots of prejudice and gives us some understanding of what we can do, as individuals, to overcome it.

We know that the uncertainties of this school year may present obstacles to students, teachers and parents alike when it comes to creating art and writing for the contests.  We encourage entries from students being schooled at home as well as from the traditional classroom.

Entries must be submitted by Friday, March 19, 2021.  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