Annual Conflict Resolution Day Bookmark Art Contest

bookmark contest winner drawing
Shown above is the bookmark art submitted by Chloe Skye Lizmi of Queen Anne’s County. Chloe is our 2019 Conflict Resolution Day 1st place winner for grades 3rd-5th

In response to COVID-19 and in an effort to allow for more student participation, the Maryland Judiciary is giving students the opportunity to submit entries both through the mail and online. The contest is hosted each year by the Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO) and is open to Maryland students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The contest allows for teachers, parents, and students to discuss ways to resolve conflicts peacefully by using listening skills, being inclusive, working together, talking things out, and respecting differences.

Interested in Participating?
Watch this short video showcasing a Scotchtown Hills Elementary class’s experience with the contest as described by Renee Cort-Sutton, a school counselor.
Watch a short video on the bookmark contest

The contest includes three participation groups: K-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, and 6th-8th grade. Entries are judged on both artistic merit and their conflict resolution or prevention message. Student originality is welcomed. Over the past 15 years, the contest has continued to grow with more than 2,500 pieces of student art summitted last year..

MACRO welcomes new schools or families to participate regardless if your child is learning in-person or virtually during COVID-19. If you would like to learn more about this year's contest and how to enter, click here.

A limited number of printed bookmarks are available to schools and libraries throughout the state. If you would like copies, please contact us at or call 410-260-3540.

Click here to see images of past winners.