Randy Martinez
Draw, Photography by Randy Martinez, Grade 11, Age 16, Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School, New York, NY

How are the NYC Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards connected?

There are more than 100 regional Affiliate Partners serving their communities across the country. The NYC Scholastic Art & Writing Awards serves Kings, Queens, Manhattan, Bronx, and Richmond counties. The top works in a region receive Gold Keys, Silver Keys, or Honorable Mention. Works awarded with a Gold Key are automatically judged at the national level. National judging is run by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. National Medals are given to students receiving awards at the national level. Gold Medal and Sponsored Award recipients are invited to New York City to take part in National Events, which include exhibitions and the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall. There are numerous scholarships available at the national level. Please click here to learn more.

Who can participate in the Awards?

Participation in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is open to students:

  • in grades 7-12 (ages 13 and up)
  • enrolled in public, private, or parochial schools, or students who are home schooled or participating in other educational programs
  • in the United States, U.S. territories, Canada, and American schools abroad
Tashawn Davis
PIGS, Digital Art by Tashawn Davis, Grade 12, Age 17, Edward R. Murrow High School, Brooklyn, NY

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards DO NOT have academic and disciplinary standing requirements. Work created in the spring semester is eligible for submission, as long as the student hasn’t already graduated. Students should submit in their current grade level. Seniors who will graduate mid-term in December may participate.

When do submissions open?

Submissions for the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards season opened on Wednesday, September 12.

How do I submit my work?

Visit artandwriting.org to create an account. Next, upload your submission and submit payment. Finally, print your submission form(s). The student and their parent/guardian and educator MUST sign the form. Students are encouraged to digitally upload submission forms.

Can I submit multiple pieces in one category?  Can I submit both art and writing?

Yes! And Yes!  You are welcome and encouraged to submit as many pieces you would like in as many categories as you would like. Just remember:

  • Do NOT submit the same work to multiple categories. Seniors may submit a work as an individual piece as well as part of a portfolio.
  • We do NOT encourage resubmitting works from previous years unless the work has undergone extensive changes.
  • Seniors, however, may submit pieces that received awards from previous years as part of their portfolios.

I am still creating my submission.  Should I wait to register until I have finished?

We highly recommend that you create an account as soon as possible when submissions open. This will allow your Affiliate Partner to notify you with updates about the program as well as provide deadline reminders.

After you have created your account, you can log back into the system at artandwriting.org/Login.

Untitled (diptych), Photograph by Sammie Concilio, Grade 12 Age 17, Edward R. Murrow High School, Brooklyn, NY
Untitled (diptych), Photography by Sammie Concilio, Grade 12 Age 17, Edward R. Murrow High School, Brooklyn, NY

When do submissions close?

The deadline for submissions for NYC students is December 4.

Fees and Payment:

Individual submissions: $5 per submission

Portfolio Submissions (for Seniors only): $20 per portfolio

Payment: Students are strongly encouraged to submit payment online through the Online Registration System (through PayPal) when submitting artwork. Students may submit payment via PayPal as a guest; it is NOT necessary to have a PayPal account.

Payment may also be submitted by check. Please make checks payable to the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, and mail them to:

NYC Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
557 Broadway, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012

Fee Waiver: Any student for whom the fee would prove prohibitive may submit a Fee Waiver which can be accessed from within a student’s profile. All fee waivers MUST be digitally uploaded.

When are the awards announced? 

Regional Award recipients for the 2019 NYC Scholastic Awards will be announced on Friday, February 1.

Will I be notified if I do not receive an award?

Due to the high volume of submissions, we are only able to notify students who have received awards.

How do I photograph my artwork for submission?

Great question! Take a look at our blog post HERE for instructions and tips.

Do Hyun Kim, Lost in the City, Printmaking Grade 12, Age 18, Wow Art Studio, New York, NY
Lost in the City, Printmaking by Do Hyun Kim, Grade 12, Age 18, Wow Art Studio, New York, NY

If you have any further questions regarding submissions, please take a look at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards’ FAQ. You may also send an email to info@artandwriting.org.

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