2018 THEME

50 Years: Continue the Dream of Fair Housing

Our Purpose is to create awareness among young adults about the importance of fair housing, and of providing equal housing opportunities to all people regardless of their race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, disability, familial status, sexual orientation, marital status and gender identity or expression. The contest also aims to educate youth about the problems relating to housing discrimination and elicit their thoughts, comments, and suggestions on ways to solve the problem through artistic expression.


  • The contest is open to all public, private, and home schooled students within Palm Beach County.

  • Entries for the poster contest will be accepted from grades 3 through 8; entries for the essay contest will be accepted from grades 6 through 12; entries for the video contest will accepted from grades 9 through 12.

  • Students may participate by submitting an entry on this year's Fair Housing Month theme, “50 Years: Making Dreams Come True”. Only one entry per student for each category may be submitted. Thus, a middle school student may submit an essay and poster and a high school student may submit an essay and a video.

  • Entries must be received no later than Friday, March 30, 2018 at 5:00p.m. Entries should be sent to: Realtors® of the Palm Beaches & Greater Fort Lauderdale, 1 Harvard Circle Suite 102, West Palm Beach, FL 33409

  • Five (5) Community Service Hours will be awarded to participants for each entry submitted.

  • Winners will be notified April 9, 2018 and prizes awarded at a reception held on April 18, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Realtors® of the Palm Beaches & Greater Fort Lauderdale, 1 Harvard Circle, Suite 102, West Palm Beach, FL 33409

  • All entries become the property of the Realtors® of the Palm Beaches & Greater Fort Lauderdale & will be used to promote fair housing. Posters will be displayed on-line at the sponsors’ web sites during the judging period. 


  • Grades 3 through 8: First Place - $100, Second Place - $50 & Third Place - $25 

  • Grades 9 through 12: First Place for the Essay or Video - Tablet, Second Place for Essay or Video - $50 & Third Place for Essay or Video - $25 

 Poster Contest Rules:

  • Poster must measure 8 ½ x 11 inches or larger. Artwork can be done horizontally or vertically.
  • Use of poster paper, poster board or heavy hard stock paper only. NO FOAM CORE BOARDS PLEASE CORE BOARDS PLEASE
  • Collages are not acceptable. Do not paste or glue objects to poster – All art work must be hand drawn.
  • Poster should be colorful using paint, magic markers, or crayons. Plain pencil is considered unfinished.
  • Posters must depict this year's Fair Housing Month theme: 50 Years:  Continue the Dream of Fair Housing
  • No names are to be written on front of poster. Each poster entry MUST be submitted with a registration form taped to the BACK of the poster's upper right hand corner – neatly typed or printed.
  • Any poster not following rules will be disqualified.
  • The winners will be determined by a panel of judges. Judges will consist of RAPB Realtors®, and elected officials.  The panel of judges will take the public’s vote into consideration while voting. Criteria for judging: adherence to the theme, creativity, appeal, neatness and reproducibility.
  • Essay Contest Rules:

  • Essays should not exceed 250 words, and should not deviate from the theme: 50 Years:  Continue the Dream of Fair Housing.
  • All essay entries must be typed or neatly written, double-spaced, and must include a registration form which should appear on the back of the first page, upper right hand corner.
  • Essays will be judged on the following criteria: content, originality, grammar, organization and style.
  • Essay contest winners will be given the opportunity to read their essays at the awards reception.
  • Video Contest Rules:

  • Videos submitted should be exactly 24 seconds in length, and should not deviate from the theme: 50 Years:  Continue the Dream of Fair Housing.  
  • Videos should be provided to RAPB in a DVD/mini-DVD (formats .wmv, .mov, .flv or .dvi) with a registration form affixed to the front of the case. The video should address the intended audience (students) in a clear, creative and compelling style.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in lighting, sound, and camerawork.
  • Demonstrate creative proficiency in delivering the intended message.
  • The video selected must be suitable and appropriate for a classroom setting, a broadcast for television, website and other media (no inappropriate language, violence, glamorizing smoking or depiction of trademarks).
  • Submissions should be accompanied by appropriate paperwork including talent and media release (available on our website), cast and crew list.
  • If more than one person produces the video, prize money is split between those parties.
  • The winning video may be broadcast on educational networks and PBC TV Channel 20 and played at the awards reception. It may also be used on the sponsors’ websites as an educational tool.

The registration form size is 4x6 Inches