Contest Information

Contest Information

All VHD contests for the 2021 season, including district and state contests, will be held virtually. All students must follow the contest guidelines when creating and submitting a project. 

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Virginia History Day is a history competition for students grades 4th through 12th, 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.

At the state competition, the top two entries in each category (Junior and Senior Divisions only) qualify for the national contest. Elementary students are not eligible to participate in the national contest, but they are invited to attend the opening and closing ceremonies and view other students’ projects from around the country.


  • Elementary Division: grades 4th and 5th
  • Junior Division: grades 6th-8th
  • Senior Division: grades 9th-12th

The Elementary Division may only compete in the Exhibits category either as an individual or as a group.

In the Junior and Senior Divisions, students may compete in 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

View Category Selection Guide 


District Contest Registration

  • 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 

  • Registration Deadline  - Monday, April 12th 
  • Project Submission Deadline - Wednesday, April 14th 
  • Judging Window - Friday, April 16th - Wednesday, April 28th 
  • Student Interviews - Saturday, April 24th and Sunday, April 25th 
  • Results Released - Tuesday, May 4th

Students who are eligible for the State Contest must properly register through the VHD State Contest Website only AFTER results have been released from their District Contest. Students will sign-in to the system using the SAME usernmae/password they used for their District Contest registration. If you have forgotten your username/password, please email the VHD State Coordinator for assistance. Do not create a new username/password. Once signed-in, students will be required to fill out waivers and submit a registration fee of $25 per student. If competing in a group project, each group member is required to register and pay the registration fee. 

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.