Directing Change

Hope & Justice: Format Tips


Entry Format Tips

Click here for the Entry Form 

Tips for submitting your entry in the correct format

  • Visual Art (Painting, digital art, sketching, comic, or any other art form)
    • When uploading any artwork like drawings, paintings or others that can’t be automatically uploaded (such as a painting or drawing) use these tips and keep in mind that we’ll be sharing winning submissions on social media:
      • Please submit as a png or jpeg file.
      • Use a high-resolution camera or setting on your phone (5 megapixels or higher is best, however 2 megapixels at the highest resolution will also work).
      • Use indirect light to minimize glare.
      • Take the photo as straight on as possible to prevent distortion and hold as still as possible.
      • Check your image for blurriness and make sure it is clear.
  • Original music (3 minutes or less)
    • If you’re submitting an audio file it will need to be uploaded as an mp3 file and max size of 30MB.
    • Can also be submitted with a visual such as a music video, lyrics on screen, or recording of live performance. For video files, please submit as an mp4 or mov file.
  • Short video, animation, or TikTok (15-seconds or less)
    • Videos can be submitted as an mp4 file.
    • When creating these short videos, please consider that they will be posted on social media.
    • TikTok videos:
      • Download your TikTok video and submit the video file with your entry form.
      • Also, tag us @DirectingChange on your TikTok post and use #DirectingChangeChallenge.
  • Radio PSA (30-seconds)
    • A recorded audio file will need to be uploaded as an mp3 file and max size of 30MB.
    • A good 30-second PSA contains all the key messages and information laid out in a pleasing, yet succinct manner. Need some tips? Check this out, and remember to make sure your submission meets all content criteria for the topic you’re addressing.
  • Video PSA (60-seconds)
    • Upload your film as an mp4 file.
    • For these films, be sure to review the judging criteria and ensure your film includes a title slide (which can be downloaded here or can be created using this template).
    • Your video must also include this end slate within the 60-second time limit: Hope & Justice end slate / Hope & Justice end slate (vertical)
    • All 60-second film entries received prior to March 1 will also compete against all 60-second films entered in the Hope and Justice category for a chance at a statewide prize.
  • Other submission formats
    • For blogs, poems, spoken word, essays, or other narratives, please save your document as an image file (jpg or png) as we cannot accept Word or PDF files.

If you are submitting an entry in another format not mentioned here and not sure how to submit, please contact us and we can help.

Resources for Teachers & Parents


Racism, Justice, Tolerance and Social Change:

Diversity Story TimeTeaching diversity at home and in the classroom is an essential component of the social and emotional learning principle of social awareness. Teachers and parents are recommended to try to pick books about people of different cultures, race/ethnicities, religions and other backgrounds.

  • It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr
  • Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
  • The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler & David Lee Csicsko
  • Families, Families, Families! by Suzanne Lang

Additional Suggestions for Younger Children : 

  • The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
  • Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester
  • The Skin I’m In: A First Look at Racism by Pat Thomas
  • Sesame Street’s “We’re Different, We’re the Same” by Bobbi Jane Kates
  • Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard
  • I Am Enough by Grace Byers
  • Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin and Lauren Tobia
  • Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford and Ekua Holmes
  • Daddy Why Am I Brown?: A healthy conversation about skin color and family by Bedford F. Palmer
  • A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret Holmes
  • Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Teach Your Dragon About Diversity: Train Your Dragon To Respect Diversity by Steve Herman

Additional Suggestions for Teens: 

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
  • This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work by Tiffany Jewell and Aurelia Durand
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Dear White People by Justin Simien
  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynolds and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Additional Suggestions for Adults and Parents: 

  • Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Uluo
  • Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum PH.D
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz
  • An Indigenous People’s History of the United State by Rozanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Additional Resources:

Resources on 6 feet physical distancing and how to protect yourself from COVID-19:

Lesson Plans on Physical Distancing

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