The 2018 NYC Scholastic Awards Are Open for Submissions!

The 2017-2018 Awards season is here! The deadline for NYC submissions is Thursday December 14th! DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO SUBMIT!

The 2017-2018 NYC Scholastic Awards will be administered by the Alliance’s national office in New York City in partnership with Parsons School For Design and Eugene Lang College for Liberal Arts.

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers was founded in 1994, as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, to present the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and to expand upon the Awards’ enormous legacy of bringing the exceptional artistic and literary talent of teens to a national audience.

For info about the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, please click here.

Submission fees are $5.00 per individual submission and $20 per portfolio submission.  Payment can be made online through the Online Registration System (utilising PayPal) once artwork is uploaded and ready for submission.

Payment by check is also accepted.  Amounts for multiple submissions may be combined into a single check.   Please make checks payable to the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

All entries for the 2018 NYC Scholastic Awards must be uploaded by 11:59 pm EST, Thursday, December 14th, 2017.  All submission forms and payments must be postmarked by 12/14/17.

ALL STUDENTS SUBMITTING WORK MUST MAIL IN A SUBMISSION FORM AND PAYMENT except when payment is provided online via PayPal or a Fee Waiver Form. Your submission form and payment must be postmarked by 12/14/17.

PLAN AHEAD by carving out time to create a profile if you do not already have one. Avoid submission errors by carefully completing all required fields and uploading your work well before the deadline. DOUBLE CHECK THE SPELLING OF YOUR NAME to ensure that it has been input correctly. If your name is Helen Barringer and you accidentally type helen barringer or Hellen Baringer because you are in a mad rush to beat the 11:59 pm deadline, any awards you receive will be issued with the incorrect spelling of your name. It is your responsibility to enter the correct spelling of your name. If you discover that your name was in fact input incorrectly, you will need to log into the portal and edit/update your profile.


  • Entering name in all lower case letters (helen barringer instead of Helen Barringer)
  • Entering name in all capital letters (HAE JUN LEE instead of Hae Jun Lee)
  • Entering a nickname instead of legal name (Don Rappaport instead of Donald Rappaport)
  • Entering a partial last name (Alma Benavides instead of Alma Roque-Benavides)
  • Mispelling first/last name (Anjali Bharatti instead of Anjali Bharati)
  • Entering email address incorrectly ( instead of
  • Entering street names in all lower case letters (511 felix ave instead of 511 Felix Ave)

It is essential that uploaded artwork such as paintings, sculptures, drawings etc. be photographed in a well lit space with a camera that yields high resolution images. Be sure to crop the image so that the image and only the image is uploaded. No countertops, bedsheets, walls etc.should appear in the uploaded image unless they are part of the artwork! Take the time to provide the dimensions of your artwork and the materials used.

CONSIDER PROVIDING PARENT/GUARDIAN CONTACT INFORMATION. Scholastic Awards staff often receives complaints from parents/guardians who are upset about never having been informed of special events such as artwork dropoff instructions, the opening reception at The Met, the Awards ceremonies at Parsons, opportunities to apply for scholarships, artwork pickup, free workshops etc. We can only send parents/guardians communications about these matters if their contact information is provided within a student’s profile. Additionally, because many students often fail to check their email regularly, it is recommended that they provide parent/guardian contact information to avoid missing out on special opportunities.

DO NOT include your name in the title of your submission. For example, if your name is Helen Barringer, DO NOT title your portfolio, Helen Barringer’s PortfolioYour submission may be disqualified for violating our blind adjudications policy.  

Filmmakers/Animators – DO NOT include your name or any collaborator’s name in the credits. Your submission may be disqualified for violating our blind adjudications policy.   

DO read the submission category descriptions to confirm that you are submitting your artwork to the appropriate category.

DO take the time to craft a meaningful statement if you are opting your artwork to be considered for a Special Award.

BE ORIGINAL! Originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice/vision are the three criteria used to adjudicate all submissions. Click HERE for a video that provides guidance on submitting original work.

Scholastic Awards primarily communicates to students via email. It is therefore essential that students provide an email address that is frequently accessed. DOUBLE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN YOUR PROFILE to ensure you do not miss out on important notices. We also strongly encourage students to include parent/guardian contact information in their profile to facilitate communication about study/scholarship opportunities, local happenings, deadlines etc.

The 2018 NYC Award recipients will be posted at 12 noon February 2.

Gold Key
The very best works submitted to local programs. Gold Key works are automatically considered for national–level recognition.

Silver Key
Stand-out works submitted to local programs that demonstrate exceptional ability.

Honorable Mention
Accomplished works submitted to local programs showing great skill and potential.

American Visions Nominees
Five works, from across all categories and grades, are selected from those earning Gold Keys as the “Best-of-Show” for each local program as nominees for the American Visions & Voices Medals.

NYC Award Ceremonies
The 2018 NYC Gold/Silver Key Award ceremonies will be Sunday March 11. Stay tuned for more details.

NYC Gold Key Exhibition at The Met
The 2018 NYC Gold Key Exhibition at The Met will be Friday March 23. Stay tuned for more details.

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