The heat is upon us! This is New York City’s most spirited time of the year! The NYC Scholastic Awards team wishes you rejuvenation, joy, and fun! We hope you are enjoying the sunshine and free time that comes at this time of year.

Although we are a few weeks away from the start of the 2023 Scholastic Awards, it is never too early to get started on your 2023 NYC Scholastic Awards entry. Sign up today to receive an email reminder when the 2023 Awards open for entries in early September!

If you did not have a chance to catch our National Awards Ceremony, you can still watch and join the celebration. Also, check out the Virtual National Exhibition, Re-Entry.

We are so incredibly proud of the New York City National Medalist!

Teens write across america

For those of you who participated in Teens Write Across America last year, you can attest it’s a community-building experience across the U.S. We invite you to participate again this summer by registering through National Writing Project | Write Across America ( Every Wednesday from July 20 through August 17 at 8:00–9:30 pm ET, teens across America will join this virtual writing marathon. Register today to participate: Meeting Registration

Camille White, Hiding, Photography. Grade 12, Chapin School, New York, NY. Rachel Farmer, Educator. Gold Medal, 2022.


RSVP – Webinar Registration – Zoom

Sharpen your skills this summer with a free virtual Drawing & Cartooning workshop series, open to all teens! Whether you’re a skilled artist or just starting out, this is for you! Sponsored by the Herblock Foundation, this workshop series is free and open to all teen artists.

This 3-week series will be lead by a different artist each week, who will share their techniques and invite you to draw from home. All participants are invited back on Tuesday, September 6 for a final revision session, where they can share their work for feedback from artists and Scholastic Awards jurors.

August 2, 7:30 pm ET: Intro to Drawing & Illustration, Comic Art, and Editorial Cartoon with Liza Donnelly

August 9, 7:30 pm ET: Illustration Techniques with Peter Kuper

August 16, 7:30 pm ET: Expressing Your Perspective with Lala Alcarez

September 6, 7:30 pm ET: Feedback Session with Artists & Scholastic Awards Jurors

Please note: You will receive a Zoom link after registering for the sessions on August 2 – 16. You will need to register in a separate link for the September 6

RSVP Today! Webinar Registration – Zoom

2020 Artwork pick-up

Calling all 2020 regional art winners who had their work exhibited at The Metropolitan Museum of Art during the pandemic: The NYC Scholastic Awards team is hosting an artwork pick-up event on Wednesday, September 14 through Friday, September 16, from 3:00–6:30 pm. Please RSVP today to secure a pick-up window. Await an email confirmation with your designated time and the pick-up location. Be sure to bring a bag, portfolio case, or protective cover for your art. The Scholastic Awards are unable to provide any materials that can be used for secured art transportation.

You are also invited to share your unique experience participating in the Scholastic Awards on camera. A videographer will be onsite to record brief interviews during the artwork pick-up event. Interested? Let us know when you RSVP:

Scan the QR code to access the RSVP form

Prayer to the goddess of war: 

please save us.

Or better, allow us to save ourselves, and without shedding blood limed saffron already bleeds from our hands, our eyes, mixed with the water of our streams and riverbeds.

Keetha Vidhatrie, Beyond Sea and Sunrise, Poetry. Grade 11, Horace Mann School, Bronx, NY. Andrew Fippinger, Educator. Gold Medal, 2022.


Blooming moons

Blooming Moons, an online poetry anthology, is accepting submissions from North American Muslim high school students. Invite your friends and submit before July 31, 2022! The collection is edited by our very own 2021 National Student Poet of the West, Sarah Fatimah Mohammed!

Party on the Plaza

Join the Brooklyn Public Library on Thursday, August 25, 2:00–5:00 pm for a day of fun.

There will be tables dedicated to college prep, internship, and volunteer opportunities. Additionally, engage with the Best Buy Teen Tech Center programs, learn period hacks with Cycle Alliance, and play games with the Board Game Library. Enjoy the snacks and raffles! Learn more today:


The Gold Key Boutique is open for the purchase of t-shirts, tote bags, mugs, sneakers, sweatshirts, and other Scholastic Awards swag. Make sure to get yours while supplies last:

INterSECTS: Where Arthropods and Homo Sapiens Meet Exhibition

Check out INterSECTS: Where Arthropods and Homo Sapiens Meet | The New York Public Library ( before August 13!

Located: Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018 at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building Rayner Special Collections Wing.

INterSECTS presents excerpts from artist Peter Kuper’s forthcoming graphic novel, which he developed during his tenure as a fellow at The New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers in 2020–21. Finding himself virtually alone in the vast Beaux-Arts rooms and hallways of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Kuper began imagining arthropods occupying this unexpectedly and unprecedentedly vacant environment.

Listen to the audio guide, download coloring sheet and plan your visit today!

Featured Image Credit: Cynthia Li, On The Way To Mee’s, Digital Art. Grade 12, Stuyvesant High School, New York, NY. William Wrigley, Educator. Gold Medal, 2022.

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