NYC Poet Laureate Deadline is 11/1

The NYC Youth Poet Laureate is a program that celebrates young poets who are interested in making a social impact. The winner of the Youth Poet Laureate Program will win a book deal to publish a book with Penmanship Books, a chance to build a platform around a political/social/community issue of their choice, and a chance to become the National Youth Poet Laureate. 

NYC Youth Poet Laureates have gone on to perform on The Melissa Harris-Perry Show, at Mayor Bill De Blasio’s inauguration, and at a poetry jam hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama.

The Youth Poet Laureate application is due Tues. November 1st. If you are at all interested, I encourage them to apply. If you have questions, please contact José Olivarez of Urban Word NYC. You can find the application here.

Finalists will be announced on November 15th, and The NYC Youth Poet Laureate Finals will take place on Saturday, December 17, 2017 at The Bryant Park Branch of the New York Public Library.

Here is a video of 2015 New York City Youth Poet Laureate, Crystal Valentine, to inspire you:

Take advantage of this awesome opportunity today!

2016 August Intensive in Partnership with NAACP ACT-SO

This summer middle and high students from the greater NYC metropolitan area participated in a pilot outreach program, August Intensive August 16-19.They engaged in four days of art and writing workshops and field trips too! Art students spent the week learning about and creating zines, social justice posters inspired by Keith Haring and learning how to approach the creation of a compelling portfolio.Writing students spent the week expanding their thinking about poetry, defining their voice in their writings and thinking critically about the scope and content and their portfolios. Students were joined by representatives from ACT-SO, Ashcan Studio of Art, SVA, The New School and Writopia who shared useful information about their program offerings to teens. August Intensive wrapped up with outings to Getty Images, Essence Magazine, Miguel Luciano’s art studio and The New York Times to  experience what it means to be a professional artist/writer.


Thank you to the wonderful instructors and guest speakers who shared their time, positive energy and knowledge!

Another thank you to the awesome people who received students in their place of work:

Last but not least, thank you to the incredible teens who participated in the first ever August Intensive at Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. I hope you enjoyed the experience and are off to a fantastic start to the school year. I will be in touch with participants soon with details about a follow-up session created especially for you to have the opportunity and guidance in fine tuning work you plan to submit.

Visit often for updates about upcoming opportunities to participate in free workshops.

Submissions Open September 14th!

Hello NYC Students!

I hope you enjoyed the summer holiday. The 2016-2017 Scholastic Awards cycle kicks off Wednesday September 14th. If you do not already have a login account, you will be able to create one for yourself on that date.


  • DOUBLE CHECK TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE SUBMITTING YOUR WORK TO THE PROPER CATEGORY. It is your responsibility to read each category description and determine which one applies to your work.
  • YOU MUST PRINT AND MAIL A SUBMISSION FORM. It must be signed by yourself, an educator and parent/guardian. The submission form must be postmarked by December 16th.
  • THE SUBMISSION FEE CAN BE PAID ONLINE OR BY MAIL (check, money order or cash).
  • The deadline for submissions is December 15th. WAITING UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO SUBMIT YOUR WORK IS A HORRIBLE IDEA! Start thinking about your submission now and avoid the frustrations of an overloaded submission portal, tracking your educator down to sign your submission form etc. Set a goal for yourself to submit your work at least 7-10 days before the deadline.
  • BE ORIGINAL! Our jurors consistently voice their desire to see more daring work. Be creative. Take risks. And most importantly, be you!

Stay tuned for news about free workshops, events for teens, scholarship opportunities and more!


NYC Artwork Pickup

Congratulations again to the NYC Gold Key recipients! Please note that the NYC Gold Key Exhibition closed May 30. Thank you for sharing your creativity with Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and the multitude of visitors to The Met.

If your artwork was displayed at the The Met, it will be available for pick up in the lobby of Scholastic Inc. at 557 Broadway on June 9–11. A schedule of pick up hours is provided below for your convenience. If you are not able to pick-up your artwork during these times, you must contact Ashley Bass, Interim Exhibition Manager, at to schedule an appointment.

If you cannot pick up your artwork during the times and dates below, DO NOT stop by without an appointment. You must schedule an appointment with Ashley Bass first.

Schedule for artwork pick up at 557 Broadway (Lobby)

Thursday, June 9
10:00 am–5:00 pm

Friday, June 10
3:00—7:00 pm

Saturday, June 11
11:00 am—3:00 pm

If you cannot pick up your artwork during those times and dates, contact Ashley Bass at now to schedule an appointment.

I look forward to an even more spectacular exhibition next year and hope that you continue to create over the summer. The 2017 NYC Scholastic Art & Writing Awards open for submissions on September 14!




What is life in New York City like for teenagers? What do teenagers love about their city and their neighborhood? What urgent issues inspire and set fire to New York teens? Poet-Linc combines elements of hip-hop, spoken word, and poetry slam to create a one-of-a-kind show where teenagers from all five boroughs collaborate to answer these questions. Together, they tell stories about themselves and their families while weaving together a larger narrative about what life is like in New York City, and how we might transform the city into an even more dynamic place in the future.

Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

When: April 7th, 7:30 pm – FREE EVENT

Where: David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

Presented in collaboration with Lincoln Center Education, the NYC Youth Poet Laureate, and Urban Word NYC


Apply to Writopia Summer Programs Today!

Writopia Teen Filmmaking Seminar

Join Writopia for a two-week filmmaking seminar this summer and take part in a film-school style workshop.

Dates and Locations:

Seminar One: June 13th – June 24th, Upper West Side Lab

Seminar Two: July 11th – July 22nd, Week one in TrBeCa; week two on the Upper West Side

Apply by June 1st.

View Films from Writopia filmmakers:

If They Were, a Scholastic National Medalist 2016

The Haunting, a Tribeca Film Festival Selection 2015

The Book Thief, 2014

Also check out Writopia’s other summer programs for teens, including our Teen Creative Writing Seminar.




Congratulations Gold & Silver Medalists!


Dear NYC Scholastic Awards Community,


I hope you enjoyed the celebration of your creative achievements at the opening reception at the Met and at the Awards ceremonies at The New School. Please note that if you were unable to attend the Awards ceremonies your certificate(s) will be mailed to the address we have on record in the coming weeks. Please log in to your account to confirm that your mailing address is listed correctly, and update it if necessary. Do not email or call-in address changes.


In addition to today, March 14th, being Pi Day, it is also National Notifications Day. All Gold Key recipients should log in to their Scholastic Awards accounts today to discover if they have been awarded Silver or Gold Medals. The recipients of scholarships for this year’s sponsored awards (the Neiman Marcus Award for Fashion, the Neiman Marcus Award for Jewelry, the Editorial Cartoon Award sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation, The RBC Flaunt It Award, and The Gedenk Award for Tolerance) will also be announced.


Online notifications will be available after logging in to your account in mid-April. Stay posted for more details.


Congratulations to all of the 2016 National Medal recipients and to their parents and educators! You will soon be receiving important information in the mail concerning your award(s). This information is also available via your dashboard after logging in to your account. After reading through all of the materials carefully, you may direct your inquiries to You are encouraged to email instead of calling for a prompt, informative response to your inquiry.

Thank you for participating in the 2015-2016 Scholastic Awards. We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of this year’s National Medal recipients.


The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of New York City ceremonies will take place on Sunday, March 13th at The New School – Tishman Auditorium, The New School’s University Center, 63 Fifth Ave, New York, NY.

Art Ceremony: Sunday, March 13th at 11:30 am, followed by a reception where students can network with other Award recipients and Alumni. Refreshments will be served.

Writing Ceremony: Sunday, March 13th at 3:30 pm, followed by a reception where students can network with other Award recipients and Alumni. Refreshments will be served.

There are no leftover tickets for the ceremonies!

Waitlist students and other non-RSVP students are welcome to come and collect their certificate(s) and pin(s), however, they are not guaranteed seating at the ceremony.

Students and their guest(s) that RSVPd via Eventbrite will be seated first. Unused seats due to no-shows will be made available on a first come, first served basis. You should plan on arriving early if you plan on taking advantage of unused seats.


Dear NYC Students,


The Gold Key exhibition at the Met opens Friday, March 11th. Join us at the opening reception, 6:00-8:00 pm. See the amazing Gold Key-awarded artwork created by NYC teens, mingle and meet other Gold Key recipients, participate in writing and art workshops, and watch the Gold Key writing students perform their work. Gold Key writing will be available to read electronically on iPads and in print. The event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. Share the invite with your friends, family, and educators. Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to hang out at the Met Friday night to celebrate the achievements of New York City’s 2016 Gold Key recipients.

PHOTO RELEASE FORMS REQUIRED: Please note that students and guests 17 years and younger will need to complete and submit a photo release form to gain entry to the opening reception. Save yourself time by downloading and printing your photo release form now!


Last Scheduled Artwork Drop Off Day: Wednesday February 10th




Dear Gold Key recipients,

Wednesday, February 10th is the last scheduled artwork drop-off day for students in grades 9-12! A table will be set up in the lobby of Scholastic, Inc. (557 Broadway) to receive artwork and sign consent forms. Consent forms for all Gold Key recipients in grades 9-12 have been printed and are available to sign upon arrival. The drop off schedule is 4:00-7:00 pm. DO NOT DELIVER ARTWORK TO THE MET!

WHAT ARTWORK SHOULD BE DROPPED OFF? 9th-12th Grade 2D Gold Key Artwork such as paintings, drawings etc. Due to space limitations, the maximum size authorized is 11 x 14. 

WHAT ARTWORK SHOULD NOT BE DROPPED OFF? 3D Gold Key Artwork, oversized Gold Key artwork, and middle school Gold Key artwork. All middle school, oversize and 3D Gold Key awarded art will be displayed digitally. MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS SHOULD NOT DROP OFF THEIR ARTWORK.

Congratulations and we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!