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Contest Details

Florida History Day 20​21 Virtual State Contest Guidelines

Florida History Day (FHD) has made the decision to hold a virtual state contest for 2021. 

Students should be aware that due to the requirements necessary to present the contest online certain elements of the in-person contest will not be a part of this year’s competition. Each entry will stand on its own merit with the judges. Students may also be asked to provide additional materials as outlined below to aid with judging.

Florida History Day will still follow the National History Day Contest Rule Book except where considerations have been made to adapt to an online contest. This includes, but is not limited to, no student interviews and no physical presentation or display of entries.

April 6 is the deadline for all materials. Students will need to submit all materials for each category via the methods specified below. NOTE: FL.NHD.ORG will only allow you to upload a single PDF file so all required PDF documents must be merged into one file. The maximum file size for this PDF is 20 mb.

Judging will take place from April 13 to May 3.  FHD will not post run offs in any category.  Awards will be announced on May 4 and registration for National History Day will open by May 5.


Category Guidelines


Students should upload to their account at the final draft of their paper along with title page, annotated bibliography, and process paper. This file should be uploaded as a single PDF and use the following order for the documents: title page, process paper, paper, annotated bibliography. Students should use the following naming convention for the file name:          

       Junior Division:                  JHP_FirstIntialLastName_FirstSixWordsofTitle.pdf

       Senior Division:                 SHP_FirstIntialLastName_FirstSixWordsofTitle.pdf

       Example:                          JHP_JDoe_ThisIsMyHistoryProjectTitle.pdf



Students should enter their NHD WebCentral Site Key (also referred to as “Site Key”) where required in their account at  No further action is required of the student.  Please be aware websites will be locked on April 6 at 11:59 p.m.



Students must upload their title page, process paper, and annotated bibliography to their registration account at as a single PDF.  The student will need to upload a copy of their documentary to either a Google Drive account or a One Drive account. They will then enter the shareable link for access to that file in the Documentary Link box in their registration account. The documentary must be in MP4 format. After April 6, registration information cannot be changed, the documentary will be considered locked, and students should not attempt to modify the file or update the link in the registration system.  Students are encouraged to test the shareable link on multiple computers to ensure it works, especially if you are using a school Google Drive or One Drive account. Students are responsible for testing and correcting any issues with their documentary prior to April 6. Documentaries should NOT be uploaded to YouTube.

Use the following naming convention for both the PDF AND video file: (Group entries: select one student’s name from group)

        Junior Individual:              JID_FirstIntialLastName_FirstSixWordsofTitle.pdf or .mp4

        Junior Group:                    JGD_FirstIntialLastName_FirstSixWordsofTitle.pdf or .mp4

        Senior Individual:             SID_FirstIntialLastName_FirstSixWordsofTitle.pdf or .mp4

        Senior Group:                   SGD_FirstIntialLastName_FirstSixWordsofTitle.pdf or .mp4

        Example:                          JID_JDoe_ThisIsMyHistoryProjectTitle.pdf



Exhibit students will use either the Google Slide/PowerPoint template or the Virtual Design template provided by Florida History Day to showcase their exhibit.  Click here to download the 2021 Guidelines for Creating an Exhibit document which will include links to these templates. The students will need to fill in the templates with the requested images of the exhibit as well as the text from the exhibit.  NOTE: This year’s templates are setup for a traditional three panel exhibit board and additional slides cannot be added. The table top area is not part of the template and should not be included in your submission. Students will then convert the PowerPoint or Virtual Design to a PDF.  This file will then need to be merged with the title page, process paper, and annotated bibliography into a PDF file. Students must upload to their account at the single PDF containing their title page, process paper, annotated bibliography, and virtual exhibit submission in that order. The maximum file size for this PDF is 20 mb.

Use the following naming convention for PDF: (Group entries: select one student from group)

       Junior Individual:               JIE_FirstIntialLastName_FirstSixWordsofTitle.pdf

       Junior Group:                    JGE_FirstIntialLastName_FirstSixWordsofTitle.pdf

       Senior Individual:              SIE_FirstIntialLastName_FirstSixWordsofTitle.pdf

       Senior Group:                    SGE_FirstIntialLastName_FirstSixWordsofTitle.pdf

       Example:                           JID_JDoe_ThisIsMyHistoryProjectTitle.pdf



Students will submit video recordings of their performances for judging. The 2021 performance video guidelines can be downloaded here. Performances will be recorded as a single take. Groups may record a continuous session using Zoom or similar conferencing software for their entry when social distancing is a concern.  Files should be in MP4 format. The video should be uploaded to either a Google Drive or OneDrive account and the shareable link entered into the Performance Link box of the student account. Students are also required to complete the Performance Companion Worksheet available here. Students should then create a single PDF file that includes the title page, process paper, annotated bibliography, and Performance Companion Worksheet in that order and upload the PDF to the student account at

Use the following naming convention for both the PDF AND video file: (Group entries: select one student’s name from group)

       Junior Individual:              JIP_FirstIntialLastName_FirstSixWordsofTitle.pdf

       Junior Group:                   JGP_FirstIntialLastName_FirstSixWordsofTitle.pdf

       Senior Individual:             SIP_FirstIntialLastName_FirstSixWordsofTitle.pdf

       Senior Group:                   SGP_FirstIntialLastName_FirstSixWordsofTitle.pdf

       Example:                          JIP_JDoe_ThisIsMyHistoryProjectTitle.pdf