PII Art & Essay Awards Ceremony

Participant Eligibility Requirements & Important Dates

Students at grades 6-12 from the State of New Jersey can enter the contest. Each student may submit only one work in each category.

1. The participants have to send their art work by April 29th 2016.
2. The names of winners will be announced on May 13th 2016.
3. The awards ceremony time and venue will be announced soon.

Contest Awards for Each Category

High School (Grades 9 through 12)
1. First Place – $500
2. Second Place – $400
3. Third Place – $300
4. 5 mentions: $100 each.

Middle School (Grades 6 through 8)
1. First Place – $400
2. Second Place – $300
3. Third Place – $200
4. 5 mentions: $100 each.

Award Ceremony Venue
Exact place will be announced at a later time.

Contest Categories
1. Essay Contest
a. The participants have to send their essays via mail by April 29th 2016.
b. Essays must be original, unpublished, and written by the participant only.
c. Each student may submit only one (1) essay.
d. We ask teachers to sponsor students and guide them. We also ask them to mail essays on students’ behalf. Each sponsoring teacher may not submit more than five (5) essays per grade in total.
e. Each essay should be no more than 1000 words.
f. Each essay should be written in Times New Roman font, size 12, and should not have any images in the document.
g. Essays may be one of the following types:
Informative Essay, Narrative Story, or True Story
h. The top three places and five mentions for each category of participants will have their names published on the PII –www.artandessay.org- website on May 13th 2016 and will receive their prizes at the award ceremony.

Each submission will be judged on the basis of the following criteria: Grammar, the uniqueness of the piece, in depth understanding of the topic and its presentation, the style of writing and the flow of the concepts, and how the essay in general approaches to solving this problem in the world and small communities.

i. Each submission must include
• Name
• Grade
• School
• Sponsoring Teacher’s Name
• Sponsoring Teacher’s E-mail
j. Participants consent to their work being used and copied by Peace Islands Institute for promotional and/or informational purposes.
k. Please note that submission by person is not acceptable. We ask sponsoring teacher to either mail or Email all essays he/she sponsored in one envelope.

2. Visual Art Contest
a. The participants have to mail their arts by April 29th, 2016.
b. The names of prizewinners will be announced on the PII website and www.artandessay.org website on May 13th 2016.
c. Works of art that are ranked in the top 15 will be displayed during the award ceremony.
d. Participants may submit entries utilizing any medium in a 2-D format. Drawing, watercolor, oil paint, acrylic paint, collages, mixed media accepted. (No sculpture or photograph)
e. Submissions may be one of the following sizes: 16” X 16”, 16” X 12”, or 17” X 11”
f. A jury of art professionals will judge the submitted works on the basis of the following:
• Uniqueness of composition
• Creative/expressive use of materials
• Artistry of execution
• Integration of medium and message (overall impact of the visual idea)
g. Each submission must have the following written on the back. The student’s:
• Name
• Grade
• School
• Sponsoring Teacher’s Name
• Sponsoring Teacher’s E-mail
h. Participant’s consent to their artwork being used and copied by Peace Islands Institute for promotional and/or informational purposes should be enclosed.
i. No artwork will be returned to students.