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Project Ometz is committed to raising awareness about mental health and ensuring those who are struggling that they are not alone. We believe strongly in the conversation about mental illness. Writing is a form of conversation and we want you to join in. High School students are encouraged to submit fiction or nonfiction essays, poems, or first person accounts of their perspectives on mental illness. We are looking for sensitive and thoughtful submissions. Please email submissions to Please see the guidelines below.


First Prize: $250

Second Prize: $100


May 30, 2017

  • All High School students who live in or go to school in New Jersey are eligible to participate.

  • All entries must include name, school, and grade. Identities will remain private.*

  • Project Ometz has the right to post the winning submission on our website and to publish it in the Jewish Link. The author has the right to remain anonymous.

  • Submissions may be fiction or nonfiction but must be only original writings

  • Submissions should not exceed 1,000 words

  • Entries should be submitted to

  • Deadline is May 30, 2017

  • Winner will be notified by June 15, 2017 via email.

  • First place winner is entitled to a prize of $250, Second prize $100


*Project Ometz reserves the right to share submissions and entrants identity with school mental health professionals in the event that Project Ometz deems it necessary. 

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