Welcome to the 2021 National History Day Contest! The contest will be held in June 2021. Stay tuned for more information about virtual events during the contest week.

On the page below and on the tabs to the right, you will find valuable information that will help you register for this virtual contest.

Before you begin, DOWNLOAD THE NATIONAL CONTEST REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS. Carefully read through the instructions and make sure you have all required information ready.


Who MUST Complete Contest Registration:

  • Competing students, accompanied by their parents
  • Teachers of competing students.

Please note: ALL students in a group entry must register and pay registration fees for an entry to be evaluated.

All registrants will need the following items:

  • Home Telephone Number
  • Home Contact Information
  • Your Email Address (Valid email addresses are required.)

Students will need these additional items:

  • Teacher Name and School
  • Entry Category, Division, Title
  • If part of a group entry, the entry’s “Team/Project key” (Only needed if students did NOT use the online registration system for their affiliate contest. Details below.)
  • Credit Card Number (if applicable)

REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE PROMPTLY AT 11:59 PM EDT ON FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2020. A $50 Late Fee will be assessed for all registrants who do not complete contest registration and submit payment before the deadline. The late fee will increase to $60 if this is not completed by 11:59 PM EDT Saturday, May 23, and will increase to $75 if this is not completed by 12:00 PM EDT on Wednesday, May 27.

Credit card payments preferred. If you are paying by CHECK, please make it payable to National History Day and mail to: National History Day, 4511 Knox Road, Suite 205, College Park, MD 20740. Please print your invoice to mail with your check.
Refund Policy


Contest Registration Deadline:
Website Lock-Out Date:
Documentary, Exhibit, Performance, Paper Upload Date:
Due to NHD Office:

Student Information
Student Information


After Your Affiliate/State Contest
You will be able to register for the National Contest only after your affiliate/state contest. You will receive an email notifying you when registration is open for your affiliate. It may take several business days after your affiliate contest before you receive this email, as your affiliate coordinator must verify information with the National Office first. If you have not received any notification several business days after your contest, please contact your affiliate coordinator. You can find your coordinator’s contact information on the NHD website:

Other Registration Items
Parent/Guardian Information - Parents are expected to assist their child in completing the account creation and registration process. This includes agreeing to several waivers and authorizations within the system. Each student will need at least one parent/guardian listed in his/her registration. Parents should not create a separate account.

Nominating your Entry for a Special Prize
At the National Contest, a number of organizations sponsor prizes awarded to the entry that best exemplifies the specific prize criteria. Special prizes are topic specific. To see if your entry is eligible for a special prize, browse the list on the NHD website: To nominate your entry, you must first complete your student registration and payment. On the confirmation page, you will see a blue “Special Award Nomination” button that will take you to the nomination screen. Or you can log back into your account and click on your name in the top right corner, and choose My Profile. Then click the “Special Awards Nominations” tab. You can scroll to find the special awards that interest you and click the “Nominate” button below the award. You may nominate your entry for up to two awards.

Contest Fees
Each competing student must pay the $75 registration fee for the contest. Teachers can process all contest registration payments for their students at once. Please check with your teacher to find out how you should proceed with payment. Otherwise, you must use a credit card to pay online or indicate that you intend to mail a check for the full amount.


PLEASE NOTE: Due to a statewide stay-at-home executive order issued by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, we are processing all questions via email. Please review this contact information in order to direct questions to the appropriate NHD staff members.

For technical support, please email

For payment and billing questions, please email

For judge questions, please email

For registration system and contest questions, please email

For press requests and media inquiries, please email


Frequently Asked Questions

Special Prizes



NHD Teacher Overview
Frequently Asked Questions

View this page for answers to common questions about registration and the contest.

Student Accomplishment Press Release

This is a press release template that can be filled out for students who received awards at the 2020 National History Day Contest.