General Guidelines

About the contest

This contest is an opportunity for students to creatively address the history of the Holocaust. Entrants are invited to review The People Next Door or other related resources, then create an original work of art, video, poetry, or prose in response. Prizes will be awarded in each category.



The contest is open to students in grades 9 through 12.


Submission Deadline

5:00 p.m., Friday, March 17, 2023. All entries must be submitted online by the deadline.

All entries must be reviewed by a teacher prior to submission. Your teacher may set their own deadline for review. Entries from students under age 18 must also indicate consent from a parent or guardian.

Virtual and In-person Exhibition

Good news! The 2023 contest will return to an in-person exhibition.

Entries will also be exhibited online in our virtual gallery beginning Sunday, April 16, 2023.

We will exhibit a maximum of fifty entries per category. If a greater number of entries is received in a category, the fifty highest scoring entries will be exhibited.

Exhibition Opening and Awards

An Exhibition Opening and Awards Ceremony will be held Sunday, April 16, 2023 at Temple Beth-El in South Bend, IN. All entrants and their friends and families are invited to attend.

Category Guidelines

Each submission must conform to the guidelines for its respective category. See the category guidelines for more.

Guideline Updates

Updates to the category guidelines for the 2023 contest are underway, and should be finalized by November 2022. Updates will be announced on our Updates page, on Facebook, and via email. Be sure to follow us on Facebook or join our email list to receive these updates.