Are you Ready?

This year is certainly one to write about. We hope you had a wonderful summer and are ready to show us your creativity!

As of September 1, 2020, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are open for entries! All students who enter to the Awards, regardless of whether or not they receive an award are remarkable for having the courage to share their piece of the world. We can’t wait to see what this year has inspired you to create!

Adelaida del Valle, Cockalorum, Photography. Grade 10, Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York, NY. Mary Boulton-Haling, Educator. Silver Medal, Gold Key, 2020.


What you need TO KNOW!

  • The deadline for NYC entries is Friday, December 4, 2020 at 11:59 pm ET. Complete your entry early to avoid the stress and complications of waiting until the last minute! Log onto your dashboard today to get started.
  • Entry Fees. An individual entry is $7 and portfolios are $25. Students for whom the entry fee poses a barrier to participation are invited and encouraged to complete a fee waiver form in place of the entry fee payment. All fee waiver forms must be uploaded digitally by students through their account. Educators may not upload fee waivers on behalf of students.
  • All Payments Online. Fees for entries must be entered digitally via PayPal. The only exception to this policy is for schools/educators covering the entry fees of multiple students. Click here for more information on mailing a bulk payment check. Only checks from schools submitted with the required information will be processed. 
  • Digitally Upload All Entry Forms. All entry forms must be uploaded digitally via the student or educator dashboard. Mailed-in forms will not be accepted.
  • For Seniors: Portfolio entries are now accepting 6 distinct works and require a personal statement for your cohesive collection. Learn more about the Art Portfolio and Writing Portfolio requirements.
  • Guidelines: 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 offers extensive opportunities for recognition and scholarship through special, sponsored achievement awards. Learn more about new awards like the Ray Bradbury Award for Science Fiction & Fantasy which offers $1,000 scholarships for up to six students whose writing uses supernatural, magical, futuristic, scientific, and technological themes as a key element of the narrative. For a list of our scholarship opportunities, please visit us at
Lucia Martell, Munch, Painting. Grade 12, Edward R. Murrow High School, Brooklyn, NY. Sarah Holcomb, Educator. Silver Medal, Gold Key 2020.

 After reevaluating my body and observing where my soul has been torn asunder, I have found that healing is necessary for me to survive in this world

Brianna Johnson, Breaking Tradition: How the Black Body Can Heal After Centuries of Destruction, Critical Essay. Grade 12, Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn, NY. Erika Drezner, Educator. Gold Medal, Gold Key, 2020.


  • Nearly 4,000 NYC students across the five boroughs submitted over 12,000 creative works for the 2020 Scholastic Awards!
  • NYC teens received nearly 1,500 regional awards at the Silver Key and  Gold Key level!
  • New York City students earned nearly 150 National Medals for their art and writing submissions!
  • American Visions Award goes to Lorena Vicente, from Marble Hill International High School. Featured photo below.


  1. Visit to log in or create your student or educator account.
  2. All NYC entries are due by 11:59 PM EST on Friday, December 4, 2020.
  3. Follow the instructions in your account to complete your entry.

Questions??? Visit our FAQ page! If your question is not answered in the FAQ, send it to Please note we will prioritize questions not answered in the FAQ.

Lorena Vicente, Bruised, Photography. Grade 12, Marble Hill High School Int’l Studies, Bronx, NY. Bianca Farrow, Educator. American Visions Award, Gold Medal, Gold Key, 2020.

 The sun dyed the cotton candy all shades of pink and purple, creating an orchid azalea mist. The little girl shut her eyes tight to shield from the blinding light and opened them to the sound of whirring and the smell of sanitizer. 

Violet DiBiasio, Flowers, Flash Fiction. Grade 9, Baccalaureate School for Global Education, Long Island City, NY. Madeline Taylor, Educator. Silver Key 2020.

Community Resources for Artists

Queens Council of the Arts is offering portfolio development for high school seniors! Apply to High School to Art School— due now!

Listen to The Cos Catch Up, a podcast for creativity, life and style between two friends.

Visit your Public Library to engage in free youth programming:

Check out the overall teen programming calendars at the Brooklyn Public Library. Register for virtual classes and workshops with teens from around the city: Virtual Write Stuff on Wednesdays, Journaling class on Tuesdays.

Other opportunities include the Ned Vizzini Teen Writing Prize and weekly virtual challenges like the upcoming Halloween themed Virtual Teen DIY- Cat Trinket Dish.

Lastly, don’t forget to submit to HeARTworks Against Hate with art that stands up against bias, discrimination and hate by October 31.

Chenhui Xu, Deep in Thought, Drawing & Illustration. Grade 9. Stuyvestant HS. Oliver Zhao, Educator. Silver Medal, Gold Key, 2020.

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