2018 Flying Hands Competition Criteria

Please look over the details of the competition category you are interested in.

​If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Kesterke at stephanie.kesterke@cdhl.wa.gov.


Competition Rules

To accommodate varying audience accessibility needs, rules will be subject to revision.

  1. Registration and fees for this event can be found at this link: (link coming soon). Registrations + payments are due February 8th, 2018. This is a firm deadline, please honor this time frame. We want to make sure everyone gets a medal! Please send registration and payment to Kelly Souhrada at kelly.souhrada@cdhl.wa.gov.
  2. Please inform the event planners poem / storytelling themes AND hand shape selections no later than February 8th, 2018. This is a firm deadline, please honor this time frame.
  3. To keep this event in one day, and to maximize the amount of participants the judges can see within this one day, we are limiting this competition to individuals only. Partnered or grouped entries cannot be processed at this time.
  4. ASL Poetry and Storytelling applicants must prepare material that does not exceed 2 minutes. Material that exceeds 2 minutes will not qualify for medal placement.
  5. ASL Poetry and Storytelling competitors will receive a ​15 second notice to complete their material before the 2 minute mark.
  6. Participants can participate in one or two categories. If they choose to participate in two categories, they must choose either ASL Poetry or ASL Storytelling and De’VIA. This maximizes everyone’s ability to compete within a six-hour time frame.
  7. There will be a maximum of two first placements per person (one person could win both ASL Storytelling and/or De’VIA, etc.). This will maximize everyone’s opportunity to get a first-place medal.
  8. De’VIA applicants must submit their work electronically to stephanie.kesterke@cdhl.wa.gov by February 8th, 2018. Winners will be announced at the start of the competition day. Late entries will not be accepted.
  9. De’VIA applicants must submit a photograph of their work in PDF or JPEG format, and 1 MB or greater in size.
  10. De’VIA applicants – do not submit original artwork. We cannot assume responsibility for the artwork, or return the artwork to you.
  11. All participants CANNOT re-use work that was used for previous Flying Hands events. This will result in immediate disqualification during the event. If the error is caught before the event, the student must change their work, and notify the judges/committee in advance.

Pre-School

ASL Poetry

Entries must be less than 2 minutes.

Topic is open to student choice. Examples include:
– a sign story based on the student’s name letters or the letters of an animal/object.
– Personifications of an object

ASL Storytelling

Entries must be less than 2 minutes.

Topic should include an aspect of Deaf History, Deaf Culture, Deaf Community or the artistic beauty/richness of ASL.

Deaf View/Image Art (De’VIA)

Two-dimensional entries only.

Create a visual image of an object out of painted hands/fingers onto a canvas/paper. Be creative about using the different part of the hands.

​Must include a written or short videotaped statement explaining the artwork.

Medium: Any. All works must be photographed and submitted into a JPEG or PDF file more than 1MB for best quality images. Digital art will not be accepted.

Submissions due no later than February 8th, 2018.

DO NOT SUBMIT ORIGINAL ARTWORK.

K-2nd Grade

ASL Poetry

Entries must be less than 2 minutes.

The student must use the “C” handshape and may choose up to two more handshapes.

Note: If the student plans to use additional handshapes, planners must be notified by February 8th, 2018.

The poem may include an aspect of Deaf History, Deaf Culture, Deaf Community or the artistic beauty/richness of ASL but MUST focus on diversity in the Deaf Community.

ASL Storytelling

Entries must be less than 2 minutes.

The story must contain at least two characters. The story must end with some sort of moral or lesson. The story can deal with some aspect of Deaf History, Deaf Culture, the Deaf Community, or the artistic beauty and richness of ASL, but MUST focus on diversity in the Deaf Community.

​The story must be about some aspect of Deaf History, Deaf Culture, the Deaf Community or the artistic beauty and richness of ASL.

Deaf View/Image Art (De’VIA)

Two-dimensional entries only.

Artwork can relate to the use of hands. Deaf History, Deaf Culture, the Deaf Community, or the the artistic beauty and richness of ASL. It must focus on diversity in the Deaf Community.

Must include a written or videotaped statement (no longer than 2 minutes) explaining the artwork.

​Medium: Any. All works must be photographed and submitted into a JPEG or PDF file more than 1MB for best quality images. Digital art will not be accepted.

Submissions due no later than February 8th, 2018.

​DO NOT SUBMIT ORIGINAL ARTWORK.

3rd-5th Grade

ASL Poetry

Entries must be less than 2 minutes.

The poem must use the “C” and “B” handshapes. The student may choose one more optional handshape.

Note: If the student plans to use a third handshape, planners must be notified by February 8th, 2018.

The poem may include an aspect of Deaf History, Deaf Culture, Deaf Community or the artistic beauty/richness of ASL but MUST focus on diversity in the Deaf Community.

ASL Storytelling

Entries must be less than 2 minutes.

The story must be historical fiction.  It must include the student as one of the important characters. Ideally, it would include a well-known Deaf person as a main character.  The story can deal with some aspect of Deaf History, Deaf Deaf Culture, the Deaf Community, or the artistic beauty/richness of ASL, but MUST focus on diversity in the Deaf Community.

Deaf View/Image Art (De’VIA)

Two-dimensional entries only.

Artwork can focus on an important event in Deaf History, on the use of hands, Deaf Culture, the Deaf Community, or the the artistic beauty/richness of ASL.  It must focus on diversity in the Deaf Community.

Must include a written or videotaped statement (no longer than 2 minutes) explaining the artwork.

​Medium: Any. All works must be photographed and submitted into a JPEG or PDF file more than 1MB for best quality images. Digital art will not be accepted.

Submissions due no later than February 8th, 2018.

​DO NOT SUBMIT ORIGINAL ARTWORK.​

6th-8th Grade

ASL Poetry

Entries must be less than 2 minutes.

The poem must use the “C” and “B” handshapes. The student may choose one more optional handshape.

Note: If the student plans to use a third handshape, planners must be notified by February 8th, 2018.

The poem must include an aspect of Deaf History, Deaf Culture, Deaf Community or the artistic beauty/richness of ASL but MUST focus on diversity in the Deaf Community.

ASL Storytelling

Entries must be less than 2 minutes.

The story must be historical fiction.  It must include the student as one of the important characters. Ideally, it would include a well-known Deaf person as a main character.  The story can deal with some aspect of Deaf History, Deaf Deaf Culture, the Deaf Community, or the artistic beauty/richness of ASL, but MUST focus on diversity in the Deaf Community.

Deaf View/Image Art (De’VIA)

Two-dimensional entries only.

Artwork can focus on an important event in Deaf History, on the use of hands, Deaf Culture, the Deaf Community, or the the artistic beauty and richness of ASL.  It must focus on diversity in the Deaf Community. ​

Must include a written or videotaped statement (no longer than 2 minutes) explaining the artwork.

​Medium: Any. All works must be photographed and submitted into a JPEG or PDF file more than 1MB for best quality images. Digital art will not be accepted.

Submissions due no later than February 8th, 2018.

​DO NOT SUBMIT ORIGINAL ARTWORK.

9th-12th Grade

ASL Poetry

Entries must be less than 2 minutes.

The poem must use the “C” and “Bent V” handshapes. The student may choose one more optional handshape.

Note: If the student plans to use a second handshape, planners must be notified by February 8th, 2018.

The poem must include an aspect of Deaf History, Deaf Culture, Deaf Community or the artistic beauty/richness of ASL but MUST focus on diversity in the Deaf Community.

ASL Storytelling

Entries must be less than 2 minutes.

The story must include the student as one of the characters.  The story must have at least one nationally-known Deaf person as one of its characters.  The story can deal with some aspect of Deaf History, Deaf Culture, the Deaf Community, or the artistic beauty and richness of ASL, but MUST focus on diversity in the Deaf Community.

Deaf View/Image Art (De’VIA)

Two-dimensional entries only.

The theme must feature an invented device to benefit Deaf people, or explore the theme of Communication, Deaf History, Deaf Culture, the Deaf Community, ot the artistic beauty and richness of ASL.  It must also focus on diversity in Deaf Community.

Must include a written or videotaped statement (no longer than 2 minutes) explaining the artwork.

Medium: Any. All works must be photographed and submitted into a JPEG or PDF file more than 1MB for best quality images. Digital art will not be accepted.

Submissions due no later than February 8th, 2018.

DO NOT SUBMIT ORIGINAL ARTWORK.​