Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Art & Writing Awards

AT–A–GLANCE
What is it?

Founded in 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation's longest-running, most prestigious educational initiative supporting student achievement in the visual and literary arts. The program has an impressive legacy of being the first to acknowledge creative talent and is today's largest source of scholarships for creative teens.

Who's it for?

Creative teenagers in grades 7–12, age 13 years or older, and residing in the United States, U.S. territories, or Canada, or enrolled in an accredited American School in the rest of the world.

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Contact

Allyson Barkan
abarkan@scholastic.com
(212) 389-3469

Art & Writing In The News

THE WICHITA EAGLE Kansas student Markel Randle is one of 16 students nationwide to earn top honors in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

RICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH Hallie Wilson received the Gold Medal Portfolio for her collection of tiny sculptures depicting the inner workings of technology

LAS VEGAS SUN Seventeen-year-old Ariana Smith follows in the footsteps of legendary writers including Truman Capote and Sylvia Plath

THE NEW YORKER An inside look at the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards national adjudication process with 12th grade photography judges Andres Serrano, Casey Kelbaugh and Julie Saul.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Gold Medalist Steven Paul, 17, of Brooklyn, NY discusses his photograph "Lost Time," which was painted by Colossal Media on onto the side of a building in Williamsburg.

NBC NEWS Gold Medalist Steven Paul from Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, NY featured on “Nightly News” to talk about his Award-winning photograph.


"It was my Scholastic Art & Writing Award that inspired me to begin combining my two passions; infusing my art into my career in the sciences, and vice versa. The Awards changed the trajectory of my life’s work, and I’m so excited to see how this national recognition impacts these unbelievably talented students for years to come."

— Lucianne Walkowicz, noted Astronomer at the Adler Planetarium and Awards alumna


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Background

What are the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards?

  • The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognize student achievement in the visual and literary arts in 29 categories, including editorial cartoon, poetry, graphic design, fashion, science fiction, video game design and more.
  • Since the program’s founding in 1923, the Awards have fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students, including renowned alumni who have gone on to become leaders in their fields, including Tschabalala Self, Stephen King, Kay WalkingStick, Charles White, Joyce Carol Oates, and Andy Warhol.
  • An Award signifies to parents, teachers, the community and colleges that a student is an accomplished artist or writer.
  • The Awards offer opportunities for creative teens to earn recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships.
  • In the 2020 program year, 16 high school seniors received the Gold Medal Portfolio, which includes a $10,000 scholarship.
  • Each work of art and writing is blindly adjudicated, first locally through the more than 100 affiliates of the Alliance, and then nationally by panels of judges comprised of renowned artists, authors, educators and industry experts.
  • Works are judged on originality, technical skill, and emergence of personal vision or voice.
  • To learn more about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and to read the full rules, visit: http://www.artandwriting.org/the-awards/how-to-enter

What is The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers?

  • The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is the national nonprofit organization that presents the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and provides additional opportunities for creative teens to be recognized for their talents and to earn scholarships for their education.
  • The Alliance’s mission is to identify teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and bring their remarkable work to a national audience.
  • The Alliance also serves as a source of information for organizations and individuals who wish to support the creative development of our nation’s teenagers.
  • The Alliance of Young Artists & Writers is grateful to our generous sponsors and partners, who provide funds and resources to produce all our programs, including the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the Art.Write.Now. Exhibition Program, Scholastic Awards Summer Scholarships, Workshops, and more: Scholastic Inc., The Maurice R. Robinson Fund, Command Web Offset Co., The New York Times, New York Life Foundation, The Herb Block Foundation, Blick Art Materials & Utrecht Art Supplies, Golden Artist Colors, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Entertainment Software Association Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Circle, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Amazon Literary Partnerships, and numerous other individual, foundation, and corporate funders; and, for the National Student Poets Program, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Library of Congress, the Poetry Foundation, and the Academy of American Poets.

Art.Write.Now.Tour 2019–20

Art.Write.Now.Tour, a traveling exhibition showcasing a selection of national works from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, highlights some of the most stunning examples of teen-produced art and writing in the nation.

Art.Write.Now.DC 2019–20:

  • Washington, D.C., U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, September 16,2019–August 14, 2020

Art.Write.Now.Tour 2019–20:

  • Columbus, OH, Columbus College of Art & Design, September 16–October 26, 2019
  • Montgomery, AL, 21 Dreams Arts & Culture, November 15–December, 13, 2019
  • Philadelphia, PA, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, January 2–February 1, 2020
  • Omaha, NE, Joslyn Art Museum, March 7–May 17, 2020

National Student Poets Program

What is the National Student Poets Program?

  • The National Student Poets Program is the nation’s highest honor for youth poets presenting original work. It is a collaboration of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The Program builds upon the Alliance's longstanding work with educators and creative teens through the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
  • Representing five geographical regions of the nation, the 2019 National Student Poets are:
    • Christian Butterfield (Southeast), Bowling Green, Kentucky
    • Julie Dawkins (Southwest), Edmond, Oklahoma
    • Taylor Fang (West), Logan, Utah
    • Salma Mohammad (Midwest), Fishers, Indiana
    • Alondra Uribe (Northeast), The Bronx, New York
  • Video: What is the National Student Poets Program?
  • Information on the Program, students and upcoming events can be found at www.artandwriting.org/NSPP.

 

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The Best Teen Writing of 2019 (click the image below to open a hi-res version in a new window)

The 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards at Carnegie Hall
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Tracy K. Smith, 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States is pictured with the 2018 National Student Poets at the National Ceremony for the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards held at Carnegie Hall in New York, Thursday June 6, 2019. (Stuart Ramson/AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)
 

Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress, writer and producer Tina Fey is pictured with Gold Medal Portfolio recipients backstage at the National Ceremony for the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards held at Carnegie Hall in New York, Thursday June 6, 2019. (Stuart Ramson/AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)
 

From 2nd left to right, 2nd row, Tracy K. Smith, 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress, writer and producer Tina Fey, Chairman and CEO of Scholastic Richard Robinson, fashion designer Zac Posen, astronomer Lucianne Walkowicz and Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress Rose Byrne, are pictured with Gold Medal Portfolio recipients backstage at the National Ceremony for the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards held at Carnegie Hall in New York, Thursday June 6, 2019. (Stuart Ramson/AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)
 

Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress, writer and producer Tina Fey addresses students, their families and educators at the National Ceremony for the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards held at Carnegie Hall in New York, Thursday June 6, 2019. (Stuart Ramson/AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)
 

Zac Posen, fashion designer and Founder of House of Z presents the 2019 Alumni Achievement Award to Lucianne Walkowicz, astronomer at the Adler Planetarium and co-founder of The JustSpace Alliance, at the National Ceremony for the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards held at Carnegie Hall in New York, Thursday June 6, 2019. (Stuart Ramson/AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)
 

Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress Rose Byrne addresses students, their families and educators at the National Ceremony for the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards held at Carnegie Hall in New York, Thursday June 6, 2019. (Stuart Ramson/AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)

 

 
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Writer, actress and producer Tina Fey (SNL, 30 Rock); Chairman and CEO of Scholastic Richard Robinson; 22nd poet laureate of the United States Tracy K. Smith; astronomer and 2019 Alumni Achievement Award recipient Lucianne Walkowicz; and actress Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids, Damages) address students, their families, and educators at the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Ceremony held at Carnegie Hall in New York, Thursday, June 6, 2019.

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