Phoenix Holocaust Association is celebrating its double chai year, which is 36 years of remembering, educating, and commemorating our local Holocaust survivors. In Hebrew, Chai means life, and is represented by the number 18; that is why monetary gifts are often given in multiples of 18, symbolizing life. PHA prides itself on bringing survivors and students together all over the state of Arizona. 

To commemorate this special anniversary, we have created a contest for students to submit works of art or writing to help showcase the impact of Holocaust education. 


Submissions must be received between May 15, 2020 - October 20, 2020.


Prompt Choices

Create a work of written, performance, or visual art based on one of these prompts:

  • After attending the Holocaust by Bullets exhibition in Phoenix, your reaction to a story you learned about or to the overall history of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe.


Cash prizes will be awarded in each category as follows:

  • 7th-8th grade: 1st place $300; 2nd place $150 
  • 9th-10th grade: 1st place $400; 2nd place $200 
  • 11th-12th grade: 1st place $500; 2nd place $250

contest categories

Choose one of the following categories to create a written or art work based on the prompts detailed

  • Writing: Essays, short stories, poems, and playwriting. All submissions must be typed, double-spaced, and mailed as a hard copy to Phoenix Holocaust Association, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., 12701 North Scottsdale Road, #122, Scottsdale, AZ 85254. Essays may be 3-7 pages in length, short stories may be 3-10 pages in length, poems may be a minimum of 12 lines, and plays must be at least one full act.

  • Visual Art: Drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, crafts, architecture, photography, or film/video. Work must be submitted by mail (Phoenix Holocaust Association, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., 12701 North Scottsdale Road, #122, Scottsdale, AZ 85254) or in person (please contact us at for drop-off locations). Work will not be returned by mail, and must be picked up at the designated location by January 10, 2021.

  • Performance Art: Works meant to be performed in front of an audience, such as music, drama, or dance. Submissions must be videos of the performance, not necessarily performed before an audience. Videos must be clear both in audio and visual quality, and should be between 2-20 minutes in length. Please submit to

Submissions can be received between May 15, 2020, and October 20, 2020.  

For more information about where and how to submit all entries, contact us at

Awards Ceremony

Winners will be announced November 15, 2020. 

An awards ceremony will be held at Arizona Jewish Historical Society, 

122 E Culver St, Phoenix, 85004, on December 6, 2020. 

Efforts will be made to display all entries, as space and technologies permit, from November 30-December 31 at AZJHS.