2017 Requirements and Guidelines

Before creating your entry, carefully review the requirements and guidelines listed below.

Failure to adhere to all requirements and guidelines will result in your entry being disqualified. 

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The requirements apply to all entries. Once you have read the requirements below, please review the guidelines for your entry category: Visual Art, Writing, , MusicDigital ArtPerformance Art


Requirements for All Entries

Entries that do not meet ALL of these requirements will be automatically disqualified.

1. Your entry must have a Contest Submission Form.

All entries except non-digital Visual Art entries must be submitted online using the online Submission Form.

If you have a non-digital Visual Art entries, you must submit the online Submission Form. Once the submission form has been submitted online, you will receive an automated e-mail with a PDF of your Submission Form to print and mail or drop off with your entry to:
Georgia Commission on the Holocaust
Attn. Student Contest
5920 Roswell Rd. Suite A-209
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
(Click here to view open hours.)

2. Your entry must reflect the contest theme "Choosing to Act: Resistance During the Holocaust."

If you submit an entry that does not depict this theme, your entry will be disqualified. 

3. Your entry must be original and reflect your independent effort.

If you submit an entry that has been submitted to the Student Contest a previous year, your entry will be disqualified. Do not send an entry that includes music, artwork, or writing created by someone other than yourself.

4. You must send your entry no later than March 14, 2017.

Any entry received after or postmarked on the deadline, will be automatically disqualified. 

5. Your research may ONLY include the sources listed on the Approved Sources page.

When conducting research for your entry, you may ONLY use the Approved Sources. All entries are scored on historical accuracy, so please do not conduct research outside of the approved sources. You must use at least three total sources.

6. Your entry must include a Works Cited.

When you send your entry, you must attach a Works Cited to your Submission Form. Your Works Cited must have at least three total sources. Entries with less than three sources will be disqualified.

Works Cited that include resources not listed on this page will be disqualified. All entries must be accompanied by a Works Cited page with a minimum of three total sources.

Your Works Cited must be formatted according to the following:

a. Page header:  center alignment (Ctrl + E)

student's initials, entry title, and the year 2016. (Example: JS "Mothers and Fathers" 2016)

b. Page footer:

right alignment (Ctrl + R): corresponding page number of total pages. (Example: page 2 of 4) 

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Your Works Cited must be structured according to these instructions: Name of website. "Title." Website Title. URL. Accessed on [date].

b. To cite an article from the Museum’s Holocaust Encyclopedia, use: 
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. “Introduction to the Holocaust.” Holocaust Encyclopedia. http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005143. Accessed on January 1, 2016.

d. To cite an article from a Museum collections highlight, use:
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. “A Forgotten Suitcase: The Mantello Rescue Mission.” Collections Highlights.http://www.ushmm.org/information/exhibitions/online-features/collections... on January 1, 2016.

7. Your entry must be approved by a teacher or parent.

Once you have read the requirements above, please select your entry category for additional guidelines: 

Visual Art - Writing Music Digital Art - Performance Art


 

Guidelines for Visual Art Submissions

In addition to the guidelines below, all visual art submissions must adhere to the requirements listed on the top of this page. 

1. Students may choose to create a sculpture, drawing, painting, or collage.
2. Students entering a non-digital visual art piece must submit their entry with a printed copy of the online Submission Form and a printed copy of their Works Cited via post or drop off to:
Georgia Commission on the Holocaust
Attn. Student Contest

5920 Roswell Rd. Suite A209
Sandy Springs, Georgia, 30328
(Click here to view open hours.)
 
3. Do NOT put the student's name on the artwork.

All entries are judged blindly. Do not put the student's full name directly on the entry. The student's name should only be on the Submission Form.

4. Each piece must be permanently labeled on the bottom, back, or out of view with the student’s initials and the year 2017.
All entries are judged blindly. Do not put the students' full name directly on the entry. The student's name should only be on the Submission Form.
 
5. For purpose of safety, do not submit entries with sharp edges or points. Entries with barbed wire are strictly prohibited. 
Entries that fail to adhere to this guideline will be altered prior to judging or disqualified at the discretion of Georgia Commission on the Holocaust staff.
 
6. Refrain from using media that will smudge or be altered by handling. If necessary, apply proper fixatives.
If an entry has loose pieces or is made from media that rubs off at the touch, Commission staff will not reassemble the entry. 
 
7. The use of graphic images, swastikas, and images of Hitler must be approved by a parent or teacher.

Study of the Holocaust requires a high level of sensitivity and keen awareness of the subject matter. A good rule of thumb is to ask if the message of the artwork can be conveyed without graphic images, swastikas, or images of Hitler. If it is not absolutely necessary to the piece, then it probably is not appropriate. 

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Guidelines for Writing Submissions

In addition to the guidelines below, all writing submissions must adhere to the requirements listed on the top of this page. ​

1. Students may choose to create a poem, play, essay, research paper, or short story. 
2. The entire entry must be typed in Time New Roman font, size 12. Pages must be 1.5 spaced. 
3. The entry must be attached to the online Submission Form

a. The entry file type must be .doc or .docx file.
b. The filename of the entry must be the student’s initials, entry title, and the year 2017. (Example: JS “Choosing to Act”  2017)

4. Each page of the entire entry (including the Works Cited) must have a header and a footer formatted according to the following:
a. Page header: center alignment (Ctrl + E)
students initials, entry title, and the year 2017 (Example: JS "Choosing to Act" 2017)
b. Page footer: right alignment (Ctrl + R)
corresponding page number of total pages. (Example: page 2 of 4)
 
 
5. Do not put the student's name anywhere on the entry.
All entries are judged blindly. Do not put the student's full name directly on the entry. The student's name should only be on the Submission Form.
 
6. Do not submit a title page.
7. Please do not submit entries with a word count totaling more than 2,000. 

Guidelines for Music Submissions

In addition to the guidelines below, all music submissions must adhere to the requirements listed on the top of this page. ​

1. Students may choose to create a vocal or instrumental piece as a solo or group. 

If students are submitting a group entry, each student in the group must submit an online Submission form. This means the same entry will be attached to each Submission Form.

2. The entry must be attached to the online via the online Submission Form in two parts:

a. Audio Track: The file type must be .mp3 or .wav.

b. Sheet Music: The sheet music must be written on music manuscript paper. The header of each page must have the student's initials, title, year 2017. (Example: JS "Choosing to Act" 2017). The footer of each page must have the corresponding page number of the total pages. (Example: page 2 of 4)

3. Vocal compositions must include lyrics on the sheet music. 
4. Do not put the student's name anywhere on the entry.

All entries are judged blindly. Do not put the student's full name directly on the entry. The student's name should only be on the Submission Form.

5. Do not submit a title page.

 


 

Guidelines for Digital Art Submissions

In addition to the guidelines below, all digital art submissions must adhere to the requirements listed on the top of this page. ​

1. Students may choose to create a video, short documentary, Powerpoint, photo slideshow, or virtual exhibit.
Students creating a virtual exhibit may do so only using approved artifacts.
 
2. The entry must be attached to the online via the online Submission Form.
a. The file type must be a .mov, .wav, .avi, .ppt, .pptx, .jpg, or .pdf. (If you are submitting more than one file, place in a .zip folder to upload.)
b. The filename of the entry must be the student’s initials, entry title, and the year 2017. (Example: JS “Choosing to Act" 2017)
3. The source(s) for all video clips and images included in the piece must be credited on the Works Cited page.

Students may only use sources listed on the Approved Sources page.

4. Do not put the student's name anywhere on the entry.

All entries are judged blindly. Do not put the student's full name directly on the entry. The student's name should only be on the Submission Form.

5. The use of graphic images, swastikas, and images of Hitler must be approved by a parent or teacher.

Study of the Holocaust requires a high level of sensitivity and keen awareness of the subject matter. A good rule of thumb is to ask if the message of the artwork can be conveyed without graphic images, swastikas, or images of Hitler. If it is not absolutely necessary to the piece, then it probably is not appropriate. 

 

 

Guidelines for Performance Art Submissions

In addition to the guidelines below, all performance art submissions must adhere to the requirements listed on the top of this page. 

1. Students may choose to create a dance, short film, or play as a solo or group.

If students are submitting a group entry, each student in the group must submit an online Submission form. This means the same entry will be attached to each Submission Form.

2. The entry must be attached to the online Submission Form.
a. The file type  must be a .mov, .wav .avi, .doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx or .pdf. To upload more than one file, place in a .zip folder.
b. The filename of the entry must be the student’s initials, entry title, and the year 2017. (Example: JS “Choosing to Act" 2017)
 
3. Students creating a dance may only use music listed on the Approved Sources page or an original composition.

The music source must be credited on the Works Cited page.

4. Do not put the student's name anywhere on the entry.

All entries are judged blindly. Do not put the student's full name directly on the entry. The student's name should only be on the Submission Form.

5. The use of graphic images, swastikas, and images of Hitler must be approved by a parent or teacher.

Study of the Holocaust requires a high level of sensitivity and keen awareness of the subject matter. A good rule of thumb is to ask if the message of the artwork can be conveyed without graphic images, swastikas, or images of Hitler. If it is not absolutely necessary to the piece, then it probably is not appropriate.