The 2023 Scholastic Awards are here!

NEW YORK CITY!!! Are you ready to celebrate Scholastic’s centennial year? Yes, that’s right, we have been recognizing creative teens since 1923, and this year, we want you to join the legacy of phenomenal artists and writers.

The 2023 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are officially here! Spread the word to friends, family and neighbors!

Strings of intimate sentences flowed from a megaphone and into the fragile spring air.

Benjamin Rubin, Blind Streets, Personal Essay & Memoir. Grade 11, Hunter College High School, New York, NY. Caitlin Donovan, Educator. Gold Key, Gold Medal, 2022.
Gabriela Bazan, Art Nouveau Inspired Illustration, Digital Art. Grade 12, High School of Art & Design, New York, NY. Ian Pasetsky, Educator. Gold Key, Silver Medal, 2022.



  • Check out our latest NewsRoom blog posts to learn about all of the changes to the Awards this season. Updates to the Scholastic Awards—What You Need to Know – Newsroom (
  • The deadline for NYC entries is Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 11:59 pm ET. We highly encourage you to complete your entry before the Thanksgiving Break! Create a profile or update your profile by logging in to your dashboard today.
  • Entry Fees. An individual entry is $10 and portfolios are $30. Students for whom the entry fee poses a barrier to participation are invited and highly 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. Email 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 must contain 6 distinct works and requires a Personal Statement and an Artist or Writer Statement. Learn more about the Art Portfolio and Writing Portfolio requirements before entering your work. This year, Gold Portfolio Medalists win $12,500! Silver Portfolio Medalists win $2,000!
  • 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. Review our Copyright & Plagiarism Guidelines.
  • Review Participation Terms: Students, parents, and educators are encouraged to review our Participation Terms before entering.
  • National Awards & Scholarship Opportunities: The Scholastic Awards offer extensive opportunities for recognition and scholarships/cash prizes. Visit our website to learn more about new awards and scholarship opportunities. Like the new, Don’t-Hide-It, Flaunt-It Award!
  • Access the Frequently Asked Questions page: To have common questions answered, review our FAQ page. If the answer to your question(s) cannot be found in our FAQ email
Ripley Butterfield, Bad Years, Painting. Grade 12, Edward R. Murrow High School, Brooklyn, NY. Sarah Grace Holcomb, Educator. Gold Key, 2022.


  1. Scholastic Gold Key Homepage 
  2. How to Enter- Entry Process Playlist 
  3. Check out Student Works Playlist  
  4. Hear directly from our jurors Things to Avoid When Entering Art to the Scholastic Awards


  • Nearly 3,000 NYC students across the five boroughs submitted over 10,000 creative works for the 2022 Scholastic Awards!
  • NYC teens received more than 1,500 regional awards at the Silver Key and Gold Key level!
  • New York City students earned nearly 100 National Medals for their art and writing entries!


  1. Visit to log in or create your student or educator account.
  2. Follow the instructions in your account to upload work and complete your entry.
  3. All NYC entries are due by 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, December 7, 2022.

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.

Carol Davis, Hand in Hand, Sculpture. Grade 12, Spence School, New York, NY. Josh Dorman, Educator. Gold Key, Silver Key, 2022.


High School students interested in learning more about the arts, apply for the Whitney Museum’s Youth Insights Artists by Friday, September 2, 2022.

2020 Gold Key Winners Artwork Pick Up Event

If you are a 2020 Gold Key winner who dropped of your original artwork to be displayed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the midst of the pandemic, we are returning artwork Wednesday, September 14 through Friday, September 16, 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM. Please RSVP now if you haven’t done so already:


From November 4 to December 4, the Bronx Documentary Center will present a selection of artworks from the 2022 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. In keeping with the mission of the Bronx Documentary Center, the works in this exhibition have been selected from the Scholastic Awards’ pool of National Medalists in the Photography and Film & Animation submission categories, and the New York City Photography, Film & Animation and Journalism Regional Key winners. Save the date!

November 4, 2022
6:00 –8:00 pm

Bronx Documentary Center Annex
364 E. 151 Street
Bronx, NY 10455

Bronx Documentary Center Open Hours 
Tuesdays–Fridays: 3:00–7:00 pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 1:00–5:00 pm

We are looking for young people, 18+ years old, interested in working the gallery hours while the exhibition is on view. If you are interested in this paid opportunity, please email with the subject line, “BDC Exhibition Gallery Worker.” This is a limited opportunity. Gallery workers will be paid $100 per shift.

Scholastic Awards Ambassadors

The New York City Scholastic Awards team is looking for Bronx-based teens or alumni interested in deepening our school partnerships in the Bronx. The Ambassadors will be responsible for working closely with the NYC Scholastic Awards Manager to facilitate outreach sessions, play a critical role in the Bronx Documentary Center Exhibition Opening, and more. Ambassadors will be paid $150 per outreach session. Interested? Apply today:

Featured Image Credit: Nayeon Park, The 1 Train, Painting. Grade 12, Hunter College High School, New York, NY. Constance Rich, Educator. Gold Key, Silver Medal, 2022.

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