The Maryland Judiciary’s Bookmark Art Contest Goes Digital!

The Maryland Judiciary’s 15th Annual Conflict Resolution Day Bookmark Contest is Open for Entries.

In an effort to include more students in this year’s contest, the Maryland Judiciary is giving students the opportunity to submit their entries both through the mail and online! Each year, the Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO) hosts this special event for Maryland students in grades kindergarten to eighth. The contest allows for teachers, parents, and students to discuss ways to resolve conflicts peacefully using listening skills, being inclusive, working together, talking things out, and respecting differences.

Winning students and their families will be invited to the Judiciary’s first virtual awards ceremony in January 2021. 

Grade Levels and Judging Criteria: Art will be judged in three categories: kindergarten through second grade; third through fifth grade; and sixth through eighth grade. Students who are homeschooled or are doing online learning are welcome to participate. Submissions will be judged on creativity, graphic presentation, and message.

Prizes: The following prizes will be awarded for each category: 

1st Place: Winner will receive $100.00. 

2nd Place: Winner will receive $75.00.

3rd Place: Winner will receive $50.00. 

A select number of winning entries will be printed as bookmarks and used to promote conflict resolution across Maryland. Winners whose bookmarks are selected for printing will receive complimentary copies of their own printed entry.

To Enter: Please go to our website for complete details and an entry form at:

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

Deadline: All submissions must be entered online or postmarked by Friday, November 13

Submissions can be uploaded online at: or mailed to:

Attn: Cheryl Jackson
187 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401

By submitting a bookmark entry in this contest, you give the Maryland Judiciary permission to use the artwork in any future public awareness materials promoting conflict resolution.