Annual Writing Contest

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The Dr. Peter Gary Award For Holocaust Remembrance: Annual Writing Contest

Each winter, the Victoria Holocaust Remembrance and Education Society sponsors a writing contest in honour of Dr. Peter Gary, who founded the organization. A Holocaust survivor, Dr. Gary spent countless years promoting Holocaust education and made a difference in the lives of thousands of students on Vancouver Island and beyond, through his candid discussions of the Holocaust and its relevance to our society today.

Please check the website in January 2014 for details of the next contest.

Information from the 2013 contest was as follows.

Post-Secondary Award for Undergraduate Students ($300)

Topic: The Holocaust: How can we apply the lessons of history to our lives today? Why is it still relevant, and indeed important, to continue teaching and learning about the Holocaust?

Format: Create a poem, an essay, a story, or a film: We encourage a well-developed critical reflection. Content should be meaningful but brief (maximum 1500 written words or, if multimedia, 10 minutes)

Students on Vancouver Island are eligible to send in their original work. Only one submission is allowed per applicant for this juried competition.

Please supply your full name, address, phone number, email address, and the name of your school on a separate sheet of paper attached to your submission. Teachers may collect and send their students’ work in a package.

Contest Deadline:  March 22, 2013

Please send your submission to:

Victoria Holocaust Remembrance and Education Society
745 Viaduct Ave. E.,
Victoria BC V8Z 6N3

Winners will be recognized at the April Holocaust Symposium.

The Victoria Holocaust Remembrance and Education Society reserves the right to publish winning contributions on its website and in the form of a newsletter.