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Congratulations to all of those who submitted to the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!

We have begun our intensive adjudication process with dedicated artists and writers who are actively engaging communities with their art form. Stay tuned, you should hear from us by Friday, January 31, 2020. Occasionally log in to your student dashboard to see if you are missing any items to complete your submission.

A submission may be considered incomplete because of the following reasons:

  • Your PayPal payment is incomplete
  • Your digitally uploaded submission form is missing signatures. The submission form must be signed by the student, a parent/guardian, and an educator. A scanned copy or photo of the signed form must be uploaded to your dashboard.
  • Your digitally uploaded fee waiver form is missing signatures. The fee waiver form must be signed by a parent/guardian. A copy or scanned photo of the signed fee waiver form must be uploaded to your student dashboard

You can address the aforementioned issues by logging in to your student dashboard and following the instructions. Questions should be directed to

In the meantime, HAPPY HOLIDAYS from the NYC & RAL team!

Upcoming Youth Opportunity

Want to inspire action on climate change?

Register today for Climate Speaks 2020! Registration Deadline: January 17 at 11:59 P.M. Free program, spots limited, registration required. Students, sign up here to participate!

The Climate Museum announces Climate Speaks 2020, a creative writing and performance program about the climate crisis. From late January to May, climate specialists and teaching artists will help students hone their voice to confront the climate crisis.Open to all high school students in the NYC metropolitan area. No experience needed! Click here for information on program structure, dates, and locations.

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An Alumni Opportunity

A Suite of One’s Own: A Writer’s Residency FOR ALUMS

Two promising writers of poetry, prose, or nonfiction will have the opportunity to delve deep into their words with a five-night stay in a suite at the historic Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. Whether they are completing a current project or embarking on a new endeavor, the selected writers will have the opportunity to meet with literary professionals and completely unplug from society in their private suite. The residency includes a $1,000 stipend and up to $1,000 additional for travel to and from the residency, meals, etc., The residency takes place June 21-26, 2020. The application for 2020 is now open! Please submit your application by January 5, 2020 at 11:59 PM.

Educator Opportunities

GOLDEN Educators Residency

Do you need an escape to paint? Do you dream of an unfiltered haven where the possibilities are endless? How does working in a revitalized 19th-century barn with enormous studio spaces and apartments sound to you?

Luz Bonilla, Light (Luz), Photography Individual & Portfolio. 12th grade, St. Jean Baptiste School, New York, NY. Sarah Rowe, Educator. Silver Key, 2019.

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and Golden Artist Colors partner to offer an unprecedented opportunity for educators with a student who received recognition in the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Will you be one of the three lucky educators invited to participate in a two-week artists’ residency?

If you….

  • Work with paint, AND
  • Have at least one student who has received regional (Honorable Mention, Silver Key, Gold Key) or national (Silver Medal, Silver Medal with Distinction, Gold Medal) recognition in the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

…you can apply!

Kirin Moy, Applications, Mixed Media. 12th Grade, LaGuardia High School, New York, NY. Yang Zhao, Educator. Gold Key & Gold Medal, 2019.

New Orleans Writing Marathon

We are thrilled to announce a new opportunity for educators with a student who received recognition in the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards—the New Orleans Writing Marathon.

Thanks to the Dr. Ernest B. Fleishman Educators’ Fund, two educators will be invited to participate in the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project’s annual New Orleans Writing Marathon. This is an opportunity to participate in a five-day writing retreat free of criticism with nearly 50 other like-minded individuals. The application will be available as of February 2020.


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