Knights & Daughters of Vartan Hosting Armenian Genocide Essay Contest

How has creative expression—literature, music, cinema, visual arts—enhanced your personal understanding of the Armenian Genocide? How has it contributed to your preservation of the memories and lessons of the first holocaust of the 20th century? Please identify a specific example (a novel, a poem, a film, a painting, a memorial, etc.) and convey your understanding of the Armenian Genocide and how it relates to the creative expression you chose. Elaborate on why this piece touched you, why it has personal meaning, and how it has helped or will help you share the history and memory of the Armenian Genocide with others.

Keep in mind this is not a research paper but your own original words and thoughts. Your essay will be judged on its originality, clarity, historical accuracy and understanding of the essay contest theme.

High school and college students are invited to participate in an essay contest as part of the 104th Anniversary Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide which will be held in New York City’s Times Square (43rd St & Broadway) on Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 2-4 pm. The essay contest is sponsored by Knights & Daughters of Vartan, an international Armenian fraternal organization headquartered in the U.S.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

-Open to all high school and college students around the globe.
-Must be 1,000 words or less. Only one essay per student may be submitted.
-Double spaced
-One inch margins
-Include page numbers
-Include essay title
-12 point font
-Microsoft Word format only. No zip files or Google documents are permitted.
-Submitted by 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, April 7, 2019.

Please email submissions to

The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners 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, 2019.

About the Armenian Genocide Commemoration in Times Square:
Founded in 1985 by the late Sam Azadian, a former Brooklyn, New York resident, who lost four siblings during the Armenian Genocide, the Armenian Genocide Commemoration at Times Square has honored the 1.5+ million Armenian lives lost during the horrific events of the 1915 Genocide of the Armenians by the Young Turk Government of the Ottoman Empire. This internationally-recognized annual event draws thousands of Armenians and non-Armenian participants to commemorate the solemn occasion. The event features speeches and tributes delivered by prominent political figures and civic leaders, officials of the Knights and Daughters of Vartan, representatives of major Armenian-American organizations, and distinguished scholars and educators as well as high-ranking Armenian and non-Armenian clergy.

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1 Comment

  1. I cannot enter, being way over the age limit, but will encourage everyone who has not been to Tsitsernakaberd in Yerevan to do so. I have been twice, & cannot get some of those images out of my head. Most of what I know comes from there, but it has stimulated further research, guided by my Armenian friends. The world sits in judgement of Turkey, until acknowledgement is complete!

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