Sac History Day – Poster

Guidelines, Rules, and Submission Instructions

The finished form of your virtual poster, which you will submit for judging, must be a JPG file that conforms to the following rules and guidelines. You will also submit your written materials as a separate PDF file.

You may start with a traditional (2-D) poster created with images and text glued to a display board OR create a digital poster from the start using design software. Whichever method you use, your final poster must be submitted as a JPG file. Please be sure to follow all of the rules for the poster category.


Preparing a Traditional Poster for NHD-CA

If you created a traditional poster, you must do the following:

  • Ask your teacher or a parent to help you take a high resolution photo of your poster.

    • We recommend doing this outside to reduce/eliminate glare.

    • Be sure to get close enough to include the entire poster in the photo.

  • Open the JPG photo and check to make sure that the text and images on your poster are readable when enlarged on a computer.

Preparing a Digital Poster for NHD-CA

You may create your digital exhibit using ANY program you prefer. Examples: Google Draw, Google Slides, Word, Canva, Indesign.


Digital Poster Rules

The poster entry must conform to these rules and guidelines:  

  1. Your poster must be one page.

  2. The layout dimensions must be no larger than 30” x 40”.

  3. The font size for headings, subheadings, text, and quotes must be 14 point font or larger.

  4. The font size for credits must be 10 point font or larger.

  5. Your poster must conform to all NHD Poster rules


Submitting your Poster & Written Materials


Create a JPG of your final poster. This JPG file must only include your poster image. Use the following naming convention:


     [separate last names by an underscore]



Create one separate PDF of your written materials which includes the following items in the order below:

  • Title Page

  • Process Paper

  • Annotated Bibliography

Note: You can use the free software or to merge your PDFs into one. 


Use the following naming convention for your written materials:


     [separate last names by an underscore]



Share your files with your  contest  coordinator.

  • Click on the ​final version of your poster JPG file​ and share it with ​(

  • Click on your ​written materials PDF (title page, process paper, annotated bibliography) and share it with ​(

What if my school Google or One Drive account does not allow me to share with someone outside of my school district?
Use a parent or teacher account to share your documentary. If you are still having problems or need assistance please contact your local history day coordinator.

What are the steps to share my documentary via Google Drive?

  • Right-click on the file you are submitting from your Google Drive.

  • Select the “Share” option from the menu.

  • Under People: enter the following gmail address: ​(insert google account)

  • Using the dropdown select "Can Edit"

  • Click the blue "Send" button.

What are the steps to share my documentary via One Drive? 

  • Right-click on the file you are submitting from your One Drive.

  • Select the “Manage Access” option from the menu.

  • Click the + next to Direct Access.

  • Enter the following gmail address:

  • Using the dropdown select "Can Edit"

  • Click the blue "Grant Access" button.