"The Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge”

March 11 through March 25, 2016 (depending on where you live)
Maximum Award: 
All high school students
For student in grades 9-12

"The Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge” competition requires you to write and illustrate a children's book that deals with the topics of tolerance and diversity. Students in both public and private high schools are eligible.  The Challenge wants you to create ways to teach tolerance to younger children. See the table below for the list of eligible location and deadlines:


New York City

March 25, 2016

Washington, D.C. Metro Area

March 18, 2016

Southern New Jersey

March 11, 2016

Delaware and the Delmarva Peninsula (and including some areas of Maryland)

March 11, 2016



  • The contest is open to high school students currently enrolled in grades 9-12 in the listed contest cities/regions who have not previously published an original manuscript for profit. If you have a question about if your high school is in the contest region, please email diverseminds@bnaibrith.org.
  • Entries must be the original work of the student(s) and only one entry is accepted per student/team.
  • Submissions may be fiction or nonfiction and must be written for an audience of children in grades K-5. Please note that long blocks of text are not age-appropriate.
  • Entries should consist of a complete story with full-color illustrations and be submitted on 8.5" x 11" sheets of paper with text and art on each page; any type of artistic medium may be used.
  • Entries shall be no longer than 24 pages, with a minimum of 16 pages.
  • Students may work individually or as a team, up to groups of four, to complete the project. Teams will split the scholarship prize money.
  • Submissions must include a cover letter.
  • Once submitted, all entries are property of B'nai B'rith International. B'nai B'rith retains all rights to the content of the books.



Winners will be selected based on the following criteria: creativity, artistic and writing skill, clarity of message, uniqueness of story topic, understanding for the intended audience and appropriateness to the contest theme.