Congratulations NYC!

Dear Educators and Students,

Congratulations NYC Students and Educators!

Individual Art Submissions (sorted by Educator)

Portfolio Art Submissions (sorted by Educator)

Individual Writing Submissions (sorted by Educator)

Portfolio Writing Submissions (sorted by Educator)

Please use the links above to discover if your artwork/student was awarded Honorable Mention, a Silver Key or a Gold Key!

Gold Key awarded works will advance to the national level of judging for the opportunity to be awarded a Silver or Gold Medal. Also, Gold Key recipients will be celebrated at the NYC Award Ceremonies on Sunday March 19th at The New School and on Friday March 24th at The Met. Gold Key (Art) recipients have already received an email with instructions for artwork drop-off.

Please direct all inquiries to


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.


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!


ART – Gold Key Recipients Drop Off Starts Today!

Regional Exhibition Featuring Gold Key Artwork (All Recipients Invited):

We are thrilled to announce that the 2016 NYC Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition will be held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education! All recipients are invited to attend the Opening Reception on Friday, March 11 to celebrate the creativity and originality of all students who submitted to the 2016 Scholastic Awards.

Exhibition Dates: Friday, March 11, 2016–Monday, May 30, 2016

Opening Reception: 6:00–8:00 pm on Friday, March 11, 2016

Location:  The Uris Center for Education is located at the Met’s 81st Street entrance off of Fifth Avenue

Due to space limitations, only one Gold Key artwork per student in grades 9–12 will be displayed at the exhibition.

Gold Key recipients in grades 9-12 may be required to deliver Gold Key artwork to our office at Scholastic Inc.—DO NOT DELIVER ARTWORK TO THE MET. Please refer to the following procedures:

2D Gold Key Awardees (e.g., photography, drawing, painting)

Deliver one Gold Key artwork to

Alliance for Young Artists & Writers

c/o Scholastic Inc.

557 Broadway, New York, NY

 Delivery Dates:

Thursday, February 4 (10:00 am–7:00 pm)

Friday, February 5 (10:00 am–7:00 pm)

Saturday, February 6 (10:00 am–4:00 pm)

3D Gold Key Awardees (e.g., sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fashion)

DO NOT deliver artwork to the Alliance. We will mat and display a photograph of your 3D artwork for the exhibition.

Dimensions: Due to space limitations, the maximum size for artwork is  11 x 14. Larger artwork will be displayed digitally.