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Art and Essay Contest Submission Deadline: May 31, 2022

May 31

Art & Essay Contest

PII’s mission is to facilitate a forum of mutual respect and collaboration, both welcoming and accepting varied viewpoints and voices with the intent to develop original and alternative perspectives on vital issues that New Jersey is facing, generate solutions to these issues, and support successful practices. PII promotes education, friendship, and harmony, and acts as an island of peace for all New Jerseyans of different ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds.

Contest Theme

We are seeking submissions exploring the importance of mental health and wellness, including taking care of ourselves and our minds.

Mental Health has never been more crucial to our lives. Stress, anxiety, depression, sadness, anger, loneliness, isolation, and fear are all emotions we have felt and continue to feel during the pandemic. On the other hand, we are also experiencing an increase in awareness about the importance of taking care of ourselves. From gymnasts to actors, from singers to other celebrities, people are speaking up about the need to take care of themselves. Through solidarity and support, we are trying to heal as individuals, communities, and as a nation.

We welcome students to approach this subject through their own experience (to the extent of their comfort), or what they encounter about mental health around them.

Here are some topics that may give ideas (not necessarily a comprehensive list):

SUPPORT
Therapy and other mental health supports.
PRACTICES
Mindfulness, self-care, and other wellness practices.
EXPLORING
Exploring our emotions, both positive and negative.
BELIEFS
Attitudes, beliefs, and stigma about mental health.
RELATION
Relationship between physical and mental illness and wellness.
IMPACT
Impact of the pandemic on our mental health.

Essay Contest

  • Participants must submit their essays online at www.artandessay.org.
  • Essays must be original, unpublished, and written by one student.
  • Each student may submit only one (1) essay.
  • We ask teachers to sponsor students and guide them. Submissions by students or parents without a teacher’s approval are not accepted.
  • Each essay should be no more than 1000 words.
  • Each essay should be written in Microsoft Word, double-spaced, Times New Roman font, size 12, and should not have any images in the document.
  • Essays may be one of the following types: (1) Informative Essays, (2) Narrative Story, or (3) True Story.
  • The top three places and five mentions for each category of participants will have their names published on our website and will receive their prizes at the award ceremony.
  • Each submission will be judged on the basis of the following criteria: (1) grammar, (2) uniqueness, (3) writing style and flow, and (4) understanding of the theme and its implementation in the piece.
  • Each submission must include the student’s name, email, grade level, school name, sponsoring teacher’s name, and email.
  • Participants automatically consent to their work being used and copied by Peace Islands Institute for promotional and/or informational purposes.
May 31