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Diocesan Coordinators Contest Packet
What is the Creating on the Margins contest?
What is the Catholic Campaign for Human Development?
What is the goal of the contest?
How does the contest work?
Are only certain forms of art eligible?
What are the contest rules?
What is this year's contest theme?
What grade levels can participate?
When does the contest take place?
Is there a contest deadline?
What is the prize?
What criteria are used to judge entries?
Can I see what types of entries have won the contest in the past?
Will my entry be returned?
How does a school or parish participate?
How can an individual participate?
How can I find out if my diocese is participating?
If my diocese is not participating, can I still enter the contest?
I know a school, parish, or individual that might want to participate. Are promotional materials available to give to others?
When do the winners of the contest receive their winnings from the National Office?
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) Creating on the Margins contest is a tool to engage young students in grades 7-12 by encouraging them to learn about poverty in the U.S., its root causes, and faith-inspired efforts to address poverty, especially through CCHD.
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development, or CCHD, is the domestic anti-poverty program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Since 1970, CCHD has worked to:
Through the contest, students learn about poverty in the U.S., its causes, and our faith response. Students become educators themselves as they use their creativity to communicate what they have learned to others in their community.
Do not bury your talents"
Schools, parishes, and individuals use the contest materials to help students learn about poverty in the U.S., its causes, and our faith response. The students create multimedia work based on what they have learned. The work is not submitted to the national office directly, but is sent to the diocesan CCHD office or other sponsoring diocesan office for local judging. The diocesan office then sends one winner in each age category (grades 7-9 & grades 10-12) to the national competition.
Any form of multimedia work is welcome. For example, short stories, PowerPoint presentations, videos, songs, painting, drawing, sculpture, poetry, photography, and drama are all eligible for the contest. (If using materials from another work, proper permissions must be obtained and accompany submission.)
An official Contest Entry Form must be attached securely to the work.
Visual arts entries (such as paintings or drawings, etc.) should be no larger than 24 x 36 inches. This includes the matte or board.
Audio-visual entries (such as music or video) must not exceed seven (7) minutes in length. A list of the names of all people who appear in a video must be included. Entries must be submitted via CD or DVD. Audio entries must include a print-out of the lyrics. (If interviewing someone, a signed permission form from the interviewee giving consent of participation must accompany the entry form.)
Literature entries (poetry, prose, short story, drama, essay, etc.) can be fiction or non-fiction. Non-fiction entries that cite facts must include standard citations. Entries, not to exceed 2,000 words, must be typed in English and submitted on one side only of 8.5 x 11 inch paper. Pages should be numbered and typed, with the student's name written on the back of each page.
The 2019-2020 contest theme is "More than a Roof"
Students can participate who are in grades 7-9 or 10-12 and who live in one of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico.
Contest materials come out each year by the end of the summer. Schools, parishes, and individuals are welcome to begin using the materials at that time. Many schools and parishes choose to introduce the contest at the beginning of the school year in September or at the start of the new year in January.
The annual national deadline is March 31. All entries must be postmarked no later than March 31.This is the deadline by which a diocese must submit a single winner from each age level (grades 7-9 and 10-12) to the national office. Therefore, dioceses usually set a local deadline in advance of the March 31 national deadline. Participating schools, parishes, and individuals should contact their diocesan CCHD representative or sponsoring diocesan office to find out if there is an earlier local deadline.
Diocesan offices may or may not choose to award prizes for local winners before sending artwork of local winners to compete at the national level. The national CCHD office will select contest winner(s) at the national level. The National Grand Prize winner will receive a $500 cash award and a $500 gift to be designated in the winners' name to a CCHD-funded group of the winner's choice. The grand prize winner will be awarded this prize at the annual conference sponsored by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, with all expenses paid for the winner and an accompanying adult to attend the awards ceremony. Second ($375) and third ($250) prizes and honorable mentions, including a monetary prize and matching grant for a CCHD-funded group, may also be awarded for each age category.
The ideal entry will exemplify the following qualities in the artwork itself and the accompanying contest entry form:
Yes. You can view a gallery of recent winners. Please note that the forms of art deemed acceptable for entry in the contest has expanded in recent years.
No. Entry to this contest results in the transfer of copyright of all entries to USCCB/CCHD, and entries will not be returned. However, artists may be interested to know that CCHD uses many of the entries as educational tools about poverty at conference exhibits, trainings, and other events around the country. Your entry will not be returned to you, but it may be used to inspire a national audience!
Find the contact information for your diocesan CCHD representative. Contact that person to inquire about diocesan participation in the contest.
Yes. You can still participate in the contest even if your CCHD diocesan office is not organizing diocesan-wide involvement in the contest. Persons in this situation should contact the national CCHD office.
The winning entries receive a monetary prize. The prize money, in its entirety (for the contestant and the CCHD funded group), will be sent as a single check to the diocesan office that submitted the entry. This will allow the diocese the opportunity to celebrate and recognize the contest winners as they choose.
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