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Imagining the Holocaust

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This is a Writing Competition for Middle School & Senior-High School Students Sponsored by the English Department of Jacksonville State University.

"Why teach Holocaust history?" is a question that several professors at Jacksonville State University have struggled to answer. "Imagining the Holocaust" is one way we are attempting to teach Holocaust history and its importance to our daily lives because by teaching about Holocaust history we can learn about ourselves.

To this end, interested English faculty at JSU developed the idea of "Imagining the Holocaust," a writing contest designed to teach Holocaust history and its continuing influence in today's world to middle school and high school students in the state of Alabama. The competition is open to many kinds of writing, from essays to more creative approaches in poetry and fiction. Entries are due each spring, and prizes to the top three winners in each category, will be awarded.

Please use the following links to find out more information and download guidelines and entry forms:

Letter to teachers
(describing the contest)

High School
Entry Form

High School

Middle School
Entry Form

Middle School

For further information please contact:

  • April Mattox--Contest Coordinator for grades 7 & 8, at 256.782-8525 or by
  • Susan Dean--Contest Coordinator for grades 9-12, at 256.782-8483 or by
  • Contact either of us by mail: Department of English,
    Jacksonville State University, 700 Pelham Road North, Jacksonville, Alabama 36265

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