Maryland Courts

2016 Conflict Resolution Day
Bookmark Art Contest

In observance of National Conflict Resolution Day on October 20, 2016, the Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO) is seeking entries for the 11th Annual Conflict Resolution Day Student Art Contest.  The contest is open to all Maryland students in grades
K through 8.

Ava DiNola, 1st place winner , 3-5 grade, bookmark

Ava DiNola, 1st Place Winner 3rd-5th Grade Category, 2015 Conflict Resolution Day Bookmark Context


The best 1,000 entries will be displayed at the Judicial Education and Conference Center (JECC) in Annapolis, Maryland.  Winning students, with their families, will be invited to an awards ceremony and reception on November 17, 2015 at the JECC, where The Honorable Mary Ellen Barbera, Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals, will present the awards. 

Categories: Art will be judged in three categories: Kindergarten through Second grades, Third through Fifth grades, and Sixth through Eighth Grades. 

Prizes: Art submissions will be judged on creativity and message conveyed. The following prizes will be awarded for each category: 

1st Place:  Winner will receive $75.00
2nd Place: Winner will receive $50.00
3rd Place:  Winner will receive $25.00 

We will also be selecting 6 entries to print as bookmarks for use in promoting conflict resolution across Maryland.

To Enter: Submit original artwork using the template provided below, or submit your own artwork with the finished image size being no larger than 3 inches high by 9 inches wide.  Please be sure to label the students artwork, either on label provided on the template, or on the back of their entry. The label should include: the student’s name, age and grade, school or program name if appropriate, teacher’s/parent’s name, email address, and an address where we should send the entry after the contest is complete.  Students who are homeschooled are welcome to participate. Please DO NOT FOLD ENTRIES.

Download the Contest Template: MS Word or Acrobat PDF

Theme: Subject matter must reflect a conflict resolution or prevention theme, such as peer mediation, talking things out, apologizing, respecting differences, solving problems together, listening, tolerance, peace building, or alternatives to violence.  To see images of past winners, visit:

Deadline: All submissions must be received by Thursday, October 20, 2016.                

Artwork may be mailed or dropped off to:

MACRO logo Alecia Parker, MACRO, 2001 Commerce Park Drive, Suite C, Annapolis, MD 21401
Please call or email with any questions.  We may be reached at 410-260-3540, or at

MACRO will attempt to return all art submissions, if an address is provided.
By submitting a bookmark entry in this contest, you give MACRO permission to use the artwork in any future public awareness materials promoting conflict resolution.

Past Art Contest Winners