The massive crowd at Times Square in 2015

Knights and Daughters of Vartan Sponsor Genocide Commemoration Essay Contest


NEW YORK — The Knights and Daughters of Vartan invite high school and college students to participate in an essay contest as part of the 104th Anniversary Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide that will be held in Times Square on Sunday, April 28, 2-4 p.m. The Knights & Daughters of Vartan ( ), are an international Armenian fraternal organization headquartered in the U.S.

Deadline to submit the essays is Sunday, April 7.

The essay must be 1,000 words or less. Only one essay per student may be submitted.

The topic is: how has creative expression — literature, music, cinema, visual arts, witness testimony —enhanced your personal understanding of the Armenian Genocide and how has it contributed to your preservation of the memories and lessons of the first holocaust of the 20th century?

Writers should identify a specific example (a novel, a poem, a film, a painting, a memorial, etc.) and convey their understanding of the Armenian Genocide and how it relates to the creative expression you chose. Elaborate on why this piece touched you, why if it has personal meaning, and how it has helped or will help share the history and memory of the Armenian Genocide with others.

The essay will be judged on its originality, clarity, historical accuracy and understanding of the essay contest theme.

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All essays should be double spaced, have 1-inch margins, include page numbers, include essay title, be typed in 12-point font, be in Microsoft Word format only. No zip files or Google documents are permitted and be submitted by 11:59 P.M. (EST) on Sunday, April 7.

Submissions can be emailed to

The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners chosen by the judges will be awarded $300, $200 and $100 respectively. The best essays will be published in print and online.

The winners will be contacted directly and announced to the mainstream and Armenian media the week of Monday, April 8.


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