Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Deadlines vary by region but are typically in December and January
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For students in 7th through 12th grade.

Past winners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards include: Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates.

They provide a chance for students to be recognized for their creative talents. Students in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.

Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.



Portfolio Gold Medals
Scholarships of $10,000 each presented to top students with Portfolio Gold winning work.

Portfolio Silver Medals with Distinction
Scholarships of $1,000 each presented to top students with Portfolio Silver winning work.


Selections from The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are published in the National Catalog, Best Teen Writing, and Spark (anthology of work by middle school students), which are distributed free of charge to schools and libraries nationwide. Works have also appeared in Scholastic publications including The Best Young Writers & Artists in America (Push), Scope magazine, Junior Scholastic magazine, Scholastic Art magazine, New York Times Upfront magazine.

The Alliance presents over $250,000 annually in awards and scholarships to top winners of the Awards and their teachers. National Medalist seniors are eligible to receive scholarships through partnerships with esteemed colleges and universities.

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Students must be enrolled in:

  •     Grades 7 – 12.
  •     A public, private, parochial, home-school or out of school program.
  •     The U.S., Canada, or in an American school abroad.