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Frequently Asked Questions

If you cannot find the answer to your question on this website or below, please call (954) 262-7956 or email holocaustessay@nova.edu.

What is the contest prompt or essay question?
There is no specific question for you to answer in your entry. To participate, you must select a Holocaust survivor testimonial that inspires you and create an original essay/poem, visual art piece, or short film that reflects this inspiration and the lessons you learned from this survivor testimonial, how you can apply this insight in making your own daily life choices, and how the survivor testimonial has affected you personally.

When is my submission due?
Contest entries were accepted December 1, 2017–January 21, 2018. The application period has closed.

What are the prizes?
If you’ve participated in this contest before, please note that the prizes have changed.The winning students and their families, teachers, and principals will be invited to a weekend of activities including a private tour of the Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial, as well as an awards ceremony, lunch reception, and presentation on the Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus of Nova Southeastern University in March 2018. All students who enter the contest will receive a digital Certificate of Participation.

1st Place in Each of the 3 Categories (6 winners will be selected: 3 in middle school, 3 in high school)

  • $1,000 to be awarded to each winning student
  • $500 to be awarded to each winning student’s teacher
  • $500 to be awarded to each winning student’s school

 2nd Place in Each of the 3 Categories (6 winners will be selected: 3 in middle school, 3 in high school)

  • $250 to be awarded to each winning student

* Based on the discretion of the contest planning and steering committee, the number of prizes may be altered due to the quantity and quality of the entries.

How do I enter the contest?

To be considered for the prize, you must have completed and submitted the online application, including a successful upload of your entry in one of the accepted file formats by the January 21 deadline. And, your parent/guardian must submit the release form by the January 23 deadline.

Please note: Open and submit your project on a computer, not on a smart phone or tablet. The application is not compatible with mobile devices. Do not use symbols or blank spaces in your file names. The online form also does not accept hotmail email addresses for you, your parent/guardian's, or teacher's email contact.

What should I do if I'm experiencing technical issues with the online application or parent release form?
Email holocaustessay@nova.edu. Please include your full name and a description of the problem, and we will get back to you. If you need immediate assistance during business hours (M-F 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.), you may call (954) 262-7956.

Can I submit more than one piece to the contest?
Yes. Each student may enter a maximum of 1 piece in each of the 3 categories:

  • essay/poem
  • visual art piece
  • short film

You may not submit more than one piece in a single category.

Can I work with one or more of my classmates/friends on my submission?
Your friends, family, and classmates may contribute to your piece, but you are the sole author or artist. Your entry should be your own original idea inspired by the Holocaust survivor testimonial you selected. If your piece is selected as a winning entry, only you will be recognized as the winner. There is a place on the application form for you to acknowledge those who contributed to your piece (e.g., as actors in your film).

How do I identify the Holocaust testimonial that inspired my piece?
On the application form, you will be required to include the name of the Holocaust survivor. If you found this testimonial online, you will be required to include the URL of the website. If your inspiration came from another source (not online), such as a family member's story of surviving the Holocaust, you must include this information on the application.

Do I need to include the Holocaust testimonial in my piece?
No. The testimonial serves as the inspiration for your piece, but does not need to actually be part of your original essay/poem, art piece, or film.

Do I need a teacher to "sponsor" me?
Yes. Each student applicant is required to include the name of his/her teacher (as well as the teacher's email address) on the application form.

Do I need the permission of my parent or guardian?
Yes. The application must include your parent/guardian name and email address. Your parent/guardian is also required to complete and submit the release form provided on this website. Your application and your parent/guardian release form may be submitted at different times, but both the application and the release form must be submitted correctly by the deadline.

Is there a fee for entering the contest?
No.

If I am selected as a winner, am I required to attend the awards ceremony at Nova Southeastern University (in Fort Lauderdale) in March 2018?
No.

When and how will the contest winners be notified?

The winners (and their respective parents and teachers) will be notified via email in late February.

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