Guidance for Parents and Carers

We really hope your child or children aged 10 to 15 years will enter our Awards. Please do encourage them to write an entry and to read Anne Frank’s diary to get inspired. There is also a useful Anne Frank Video Diary series on YouTube produced by The Anne Frank House that your child may find useful and interesting to watch.

When your child has completed their work, it needs to be emailed to us by a teacher, social worker or other professional who knows them, using their professional email address. We cannot accept entries directly from entries from young people, from parents or carers, or from personal email addresses.

Once we have received your child’s entry, we will aim to respond within 14 days with individual written feedback and a participation certificate. These will be sent to the teacher or other professional, who can them forward them on to your child.

The sooner the work reaches us, the greater chance it has of being showcased through our social media channels and the virtual gallery on our website.
The final deadline is 30 June 2020, after which all entries will be judged for the awards.

When encouraging young people to enter, please support them to consider the following points:

  • Entries work must engage directly or indirectly with the life or work of Anne Frank. The more creative the approach the better! We are not seeking a descriptive piece of writing that simply conveys the historical facts.
  • Please encourage young people to read the Diary or selections from it.
  • Anne was in many ways a normal teenager, and young people will find many different ways of relating to her. Please just help them to think carefully when making parallels with Anne’s experiences of isolation and discrimination: persecution of Jewish people in Nazi-occupied Holland was very different from our experiences today.
  • All work should carry a message which challenges prejudice and discrimination. This may be directly stated, or conveyed through a story or imagery. The prejudice or discrimination could be general or a particular kind, e.g. ageism, anti-semitism, disablism, homophobia, Islamophobia, racism or sexism.
  • Though it is not a requirement, we especially encourage entrants to look at how prejudice has been worsened by the COVID-19 crisis, e.g. in the rise or hate crimes against people perceived as Chinese.
  • Please encourage young people to review and re-draft their work. They may ask for help such as proofreading, and you are of course welcome to make suggestions, but the content must be their original work.

If you have any questions or need any further help, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at
Thank you so much for your support. All of us here at the Trust are really looking forward to seeing the entries.

Sarah Nuzum
Director of Education

Olivia Bruce
Education Team Assistant

May 2020