Annual Conflict Resolution Day Bookmark
Art Contest

bookmark contest winner drawing
Pictured above is our 1st place winning design for the 2020 Conflict Resolution Day Contest for grades K-2, submitted by Isabella L. Taborda, a second grader in Montgomery County.

Did you know that each fall, the Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO) observes Conflict Resolution Day, the third Thursday in October, by hosting a bookmark design contest for Maryland students in grades K-8. The contest provides teachers, parents and students the opportunity to learn about and share important conflict resolution skills, such as: listening; working together to solve problems; talking to each other instead of fighting; being inclusive; and appreciating and respecting our differences. In addition, students have an opportunity to use their artistic skills to illustrate their own creative ideas.

The contest includes three age groups: K-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, and 6th-8th grade. Entries are judged on both artistic merit and their peaceful conflict resolution or prevention message. The contest has grown since it began in 2005 with fewer than 40 entries. MACRO typically receives more than 1,000 entries per year from all across Maryland.

Watch a Video
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

Interested in participating?
MACRO is always interested in encouraging new schools, families and community organizations to participate. If you would like to learn more about this contest, or be on our list to receive our annual notices, feel free to send your contact information to

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

To see some of our past winners, please CLICK HERE.