About the Awards

NYC Scholastic Awards

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923, and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates and Paul Chan. Teens in grades 7-12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.

Luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients, serve as jurors for submissions. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

The Awards continue to be the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the United States.

The New York City Regional Program of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is sponsored, in part, by Scholastic Inc., The Maurice R. Robinson Fund, Blick Art Materials, the Dedalus Foundation, the William Talbott Hillman Foundation, the Wolf Kahn Foundation, the Cowles Charitable Trust and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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Parsons School of Design is one of the preeminent colleges of art and design in the world. Founded as the Chase School of Art in 1896 by artist William Merritt Chase and his circle, Parsons was renamed in 1941 for its longtime president, Frank Alvah Parsons, who dedicated his career to integrating visual art and industrial design. Parsons became part of The New School in 1970. The first institution in the United States to award university degrees in fashion design, interior design, and lighting design, Parsons has earned an international reputation as a school at the vanguard of design education. Students in its undergraduate and graduate degree programs hold themselves to exceptional standards of creativity and scholarship, developing their skills and building knowledge in laboratories, workshops, and seminars. Non-matriculated students of all ages, including design professionals or anyone with an interest in art and design, can participate in certificate and general art and design education programs.


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Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts is The New School’s four-year liberal arts college for traditional-age undergraduates. What began as the experimental Freshman Year Program in 1972 transitioned into the Seminar College in 1975, and became a college of the university in 1985. This bold experiment in undergraduate education is named in honor of educational philanthropist and New School trustee Eugene M. Lang. Students at Eugene Lang College enjoy small seminar-style classes taught by a faculty of prominent scholars, many of whom are also affiliated with The New School for Social Research. Lang offers the kind of intimate education characteristic of a small college in the country, but, as a college of a progressive urban university in the center of a major metropolitan area, it also offers unsurpassed opportunities for civic engagement, internships, cultural enrichment, and exposure to new ideas.


Gold Key: The highest level of achievement on the regional level. All Gold Key awarded submissions are considered for national-level recognition.

Silver Key: Submissions demonstrating high honors on the regional level.

Honorable Mention: Submissions  demonstrating an impressive effort.

American Visions & Voices Nominees: Five works are selected out of all Gold Key works (across all categories) as the “Best in Show” for each region.


All regional submissions that receive Gold Keys are automatically considered for national awards.

Gold Medal: The most outstanding works in the nation.

Silver Medal: Works demonstrating high honors on the national level.

American Visions & Voices Medal: An esteemed panel of jurors selects the best of the five American Voices & Visions Nominees from each region to receive national recognition with the American Visions & Voices Medal.


The 2023 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: New York City Regional Exhibition, featuring Gold Key art and writing, will be on view to the public from Friday, March 17 – Sunday, May 21, 2023 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Uris Center for Education.


Selections from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are published in the Best Teen Art and The Best Teen Writing, which are distributed free of charge to schools and libraries nationwide. Works have also appeared in Scholastic publications including The Best Young Writers & Artists in America (Push), Scope magazine, Junior Scholastic magazine, Scholastic Art magazine, and The New York Times Upfront magazine.


The Scholastic Awards distribute more than $350,000 annually in awards and scholarships to top Scholastic Award recipients and their educators. National Medalists can leverage their success in the Scholastic Awards for tuition aid from a network of more than fifty top partnering universities, colleges, and art schools.

For more information, please visit the the Scholastic Awards website.


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