We are less than a month away–December 4, 2020 is around the corner. Enter your original work today, and make sure to review your entry before completing. Log in NOW!

Last chance to RSVP for the NYC Virtual Office Hours and our exclusive webinars.

  • How to Enter Webinar on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 for students, parents/guardians, and educators.
  • Portfolio Webinar on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 (only open to students in grades 11 and 12)
  • Virtual Office Hours on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 for a 15-minute virtual session with our Scholastic Awards Support Staff (RSVP now!)

Pro Tips for a Successful Entry

  1. Still need some support on entering your original work? Visit How to Participate in the Scholastic Awards to learn how to enter from Alondra and Mateo. Deadline is December 4.
  2. Reference our How to Sign a PDF blog post to learn the many ways you can successfully sign your submission and fee waiver forms.
  3. Have a trusted adult or educator provide constructive and objective criticism to enhance your work prior to the deadline.
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Denise Hewitt, Grace, Art Portfolio. Grade 12, Basis Independent, Brooklyn, NY. Mark Opirhory, Educator. Gold Key, 2020.

Still need some help shaping your entries, portfolios, and artist statement? Read advice from last year’s phenomenal jurors. Confirm your work does not embody elements our esteemed jurors have pointed out below.


NYC Adjudications bring together a remarkable cohort of curators, gallerists, cinematographers, visual artists, along with poets, novelists, publicists, and educators, who all believe in the transformative power of youth. Here’s what you need to know to help guide you through entering your writing work this year:


I am a poet and I eat my silence as if it will make me whole

Jaida Dent, Honest Poem, Poetry. Grade 10, Brooklyn Emerging Leaders Academy, Brooklyn, NY. Amara Thomas, Educator. Gold Key, 2020.

Tips for Writing Submissions


  • Refrain from writing what you think will be appealing to judges; write from a place of authenticity and let your storytelling voice shine through.
  • Write something only you could have written! Be as specific and vivid as possible.
  • Write it ALL out. Let first drafts be messy and full and unwieldy.

Technical Skill

  • Syntax and grammatical structure are key to a good submission. If the sentences are poorly worded or put together, then there’s only so high a grade judges can give. Also remember to finish strong. One of the biggest problems I noticed with the submissions is an abrupt ending that didn’t add up. Endings help leave a lasting impression.
  • To educators, give your students the tools to write creatively, but don’t weigh them down with terms and what I call “workshop speak.” Let them play with form and style. Give them enough space. You’ll be surprised at what comes across your desk. A lot of it will be bad, of course. But when those pieces come that possess that ineffable quality, as you know, it makes it all worth it.
  • Have second and third readers glance at your work before submitting–make sure your piece is free of mechanical/spelling errors, which distract from the voice.

Emergence of Personal Voice

  • Understand the point you are making — what are you saying about life/love/identity/growing up, etc.? Even when you think you’ve said it, can you dig more deeply into your understanding of this topic? What can you convey about the human experience?
  • Be willing to take risks, and never underestimate the importance of revision/editing.
  • 1. Use your own voice or develop a unique voice for your character. 2. Grammar is important. You have freedom to manipulate grammar, but be consistent. 3. Please follow the guidelines. We want to grade the submissions blind, and we cannot grade a work that has your name on it!

And love,

I learned,

is a language of few words.

Edmund Jurado, On Trying to Say I Love You, Too, Poetry. Grade 12, Trevor Day School, New York, NY. Pamela Murphy,

Community Highlights

Join us for the Virtual Teens Take The Met. Register today and catch us on November 6 on the @MetTeens Instagram account.


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Elisa Cameron. Solar Expedition, Photography. Grade 8, Immaculate Conception School, Bronx, NY. Kholood Eid, Educator. Silver Key, 2020.

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