HOW TO ENTER the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards:
- Students in grades 7–12 in the U.S. and its territories, as well as American schools abroad, are invited to submit creative and original work in any of the Awards’ 29 art and writing categories, includingarchitecture, painting, flash fiction, poetry, printmaking and video game design.
- All works are evaluated through blind adjudication first on a regional level by more than 100 local affiliates of the Alliance and then nationally by an impressive panel of creative-industry experts. This past year’s group of distinguished jurors included graphic novelist Art Spiegelman; authors Elissa Schappell, Daniel José Older, and Naomi Jackson; artist Mickalene Thomas; and film producer Michael Raisler.
- At each level of judging, all works are selected to move on to the next stage based on the same criteria that have represented the program since its founding in 1923: originality, technical skill, and emergence of personal vision or voice.
- Deadlines for submission vary by region throughout the winter months, with National Medalists announced in March 2016. More information is available at http://www.artandwriting.org/guidelines.
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- Winter 2016: Regional recipients are announced. Gold Key, Silver Key, Honorable Mention, and American Visions & Voices Nomination are honored locally through community ceremonies and exhibitions. All Gold Key recipients are considered for the next round of national awards and honors.
- March 2017: National Recipients & Sponsored Awards announced.
- June 2017: National Gold Medal Portfolio and Gold Medalists are honored at Carnegie Hall with their families and educators. Last year’s ceremony included special appearances by Alec Baldwin, Ken Burns,Billy Collins, Tim Gunn and Sonia Manzano.
- Summer 2017: Selected 2017 National Medalists’ works will be highlighted in the Art.Write.Now.Tour, a traveling exhibition publicly displaying award-winning, teen-produced art and writing. Writing recipients may have their work published in The Best Teen Writing 2017, an anthology showcasing stories, essays and poetry of teen authors. The 2016 edition is available at http://artandwriting.org/publications.
For more information about the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, visit the Scholastic News Room: http://mediaroom.scholastic.com/artandwriting.