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Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission

Student Contests

"Using Words to Bear Witness"

The THGC is excited to announce its 2020 Student Contests! If you are a 6th-12th grade Texas student, we want to hear from you!

The year's theme is Using Words to Bear Witness. Survivors, witnesses, and others who care about preserving testimonies of the Holocaust and modern genocides have attempted to convey their experiences to others, especially the younger generations that represent the future. By connecting with their words, Texas students can assume the role of witness and use their knowledge to improve the world in which we live. Please see below for the complete prompt, details, and guidelines.

Submissions will be accepted beginning Friday, February 7, 2020, and will be due by Friday, February 28, 2020 at 4:00 P.M. C.S.T. Each submission must be accompanied by the electronic application, parent/guardian permission form, and honesty clause form.

The contest results will be announced in April 2020 to commemorate Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month. Each middle school winner will receive a monetary award of $250, and each high school winner will receive a monetary award of $500, generously funded by the Friends of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission.

Contact Cheyanne Perkins with any questions at 512.463.5674 or

Download our flyer for a quick reference to all of the details and to share with teachers and students who might be interested in participating.

General Guidelines

  • All submissions are due by 4:00 P.M. C.S.T. on Friday, February 28, 2020
  • Students may submit an entry in each category (poetry and visual arts), but may submit only one entry per category.
  • All entries must be completely original -- plagiarized works will be immediately disqualified.
  • Each entry must be uploaded and submitted through the application form on this page. A parent/guardian permission form and an honesty clause form must also be signed, uploaded and submitted with each entry.

2020 Student Contest Application Form

Please complete this form and upload your poem/visual art piece, parent/guardian permission form, and honesty clause form.

If a Visual Art piece, what medium/media did you use to create your work? (check all that apply)
How does your entry reflect the survivor's experience? (maximum length 50 words)