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Contest Information


Virginia History Day is conducted in conjunction with the National History Day Contest. The first round of competition is held in the eight districts of Virginia. At the district competition, the top two entries in each category in the Junior and Senior Divisions and the top three entries in each category in the Elementary Division qualify for the state contest.

Virginia History Day 2020 will move to a virtual format. Please click here for more information about the move and here for updated submission guidelines. 



Students in grades four and five (4-5) are assigned to the Elementary Division, students in grades six through eight (6-8) are assigned to the Junior Division, and students in grades nine through twelve (9-12) are assigned to the Senior Division. In the Junior and Senior Divisions, students may compete in any one of nine categories either as an individual or in a group:

  • Individual Documentary 

  • Group Documentary

  • ​Individual Exhibit

  • Group Exhibit

  • Individual Historical Paper

  • Individual Performance

  • Group Performance

  • Group Websites

  • Individual Website

The Elementary Division can only compete in the Exhibits category either as an individual or as a group. The top two entries in each category at the state competition (Junior and Senior Divisions only) qualify for the national contest, which will be held this summer. Elementary students are not eligible to participate at the national contest. However, they will be invited to attend the opening and closing ceremonies at the national contest and view other students’ projects from around the country. View the guide for choosing a category.

District Contest Registration Instructions

  • Please register for your appropriate district contest on the district contest page.

  • Make sure to register by the deadline and submit all signature forms and payment to the appropriate District Coordinator.  Details will be on the registration form for each district.

State Contest Registration Instructions

virginia history day 2020 will move to a virtual format. please click here for the most recently updated information about the move to a virtual contest and here for the most recently updated submission guidelines.

  • The deadline to register for the state contest is Friday, April 17th at 11:59 PM. To register, follow the instructions on this pageYou will use the same username and password that you used to register for the district contest. 

  • All students competing in the website, documentary, and paper categories must submit their projects by Friday, April 17th at 11:59 PM. Documentaries must be uploaded to YouTube (private settings are acceptable) and the URL emailed to Papers must be emailed to Websites will be locked beginning on Friday night and will not be accessible for edits until after the contest. 

  • Note: You must have won 1st or 2nd place in the Junior and Senior Divisions, or 1st-3rd place in the Elementary Division, in your respective district to be eligible to compete at the state-level Virginia History Day contest.

  • Each participating student​ is required to submit a completed Virginia History Day Signature form and payment in order to participate in the Virginia History Day competition.  Once you've completed the form you will receive a link to submit payment. The registration fee is $25 per student. One registration form per project entry.

Website Project Instructions

  • Students must create their website through the NEW NHDWebCentral platform. 

  • Helpful hints and instructional guides on how to use NHDWebCentral can be found here.



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