NYC Scholastic Art & Writing Awards


We hope you had a wonderful summer and are ready to be creative! As of September 12, 2019, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are open for submissions! All students who submit to the Awards, regardless of whether or not they receive an award, achieve a remarkable accomplishment by completing their piece and choosing to share it with the world. We can’t wait to see your creations for 2020!

Alisa Matveeva, Rippled Under, Painting. Grade 8, Jhs 104 Simon Baruch, New York, NY. Kimberly Kim, Educator

Let’s get ready for 2020!

Important information to know!

  • The deadline for NYC submissions is Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET. Submit your works early to avoid the stress and complications of waiting until the last minute! Log onto your dashboard today to get started.
  • New Submission Fees. An individual submission is $7 and portfolios are $25. Students for whom the submission fee poses a barrier to participation are invited and encouraged to complete a fee waiver form in place of the submission fee payment. All fee waiver forms must be submitted digitally by students through their account. Educators may not submit fee waivers on behalf of students.
  • Submit All Payments Online. Fees for submissions must be submitted digitally via PayPal. The only exception to this policy is for schools/educators covering the submission fees of multiple students. These educators may mail in a single check covering the cost of all submissions. Submission forms for these students must still be submitted via digital upload. Click here for more information on mailing a bulk payment check. Only checks from schools submitted with the required information will be processed. Checks must be received by Tuesday, December 3, 2019.
  • Digitally Upload All Submission Forms. All submission forms must be submitted digitally via the student or educator dashboard. Mailed-in submission forms will not be accepted.
  • Updated Guidelines: There are changes to the submission guidelines for 2020. Students and educators are strongly recommended to read through the category descriptions and submission guidelines before uploading any work. Students are responsible for submitting their work to the proper category and ensuring it adheres to the guidelines. Visit for more information.
  • National Awards & Scholarship Opportunities: The Scholastic Awards offer additional opportunities for recognition and scholarship through special, sponsored achievement awards. Learn more about the special achievement awards at
Amelia Dinallo, Time, Photography. Grade 11, Trinity School, New York, NY. Thomas Holton, Educator

Highlights from a fantastically creative 2019!

  • 4,500 NYC students across the five boroughs submitted nearly 13,000 creative works!
  • NYC teens received nearly 4,000 regional awards at the Honorable Mention, Silver Key, and  Gold Key level!
  • New York City students earned nearly 160 National Medals for their art and writing submissions!
  • Alondra Uribe, a Theater Arts Production Company senior from the Bronx, was named a National Student Poet, the nation’s highest honor for youth poets!
  • Divya Mehrish, a senior at the Spence School in Manhattan, won Amtrak’s Train of Thought Essay Contest with her essay, Ready to Soar, that was published in Amtrak’s onboard magazine.
  • Grace Goldstein, a senior at Stuyvesant in Manhattan, was named a semi-finalist in Amtrak’s Train of Thought Essay Contest with her essay, Legacy.
Iqra Jan, Colorful City Block, Drawing and Illustration. Grade 12, Edward R Murrow High School, Brooklyn, NY. Sarah Grace Holcomb, Educator

How To Get Started!

  1. Visit to log in or create your student or educator account.
  2. All NYC submissions are due by 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.
  3. Follow the instructions in your account to complete your submission.

Questions??? Visit our FAQ page!

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