2017 Facing History Together Student Essay Contest

This year, the essay contest is open to students in the US, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), and the UK.


March 1 Contest website opens for submissions

March 15 Submissions close (9 p.m. EST)

Mar 22–April 5 Judging

April 12 Finalists announced and public voting opens (timing TBD)

April 21 Voting closes (9 p.m. EST)

May 1 Winners announced



Inspired by a powerful quote by the late Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate, this year’s essay contest prompt asks students to reflect on a story, book, or person that has influenced their thinking about ethical decision-making.



With the generous support of Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation’s Holocaust Remembrance Project, Facing History is excited to offer $25,000 in scholarships and awards to students and their educators. We will have three overall winners and seven finalists.


Educator Resources

To help educators bring the contest into their classroom, we are offering suggestions for lessons and activities teachers can use to help their students explore the themes and ideas suggested by the prompt.