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, Direct Scholarship and Tuition Scholarship recipients are invited to New York City to take part in National Events, which include exhibitions and the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall on June 4.
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, military bases, and Canada
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 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards season opened on Tuesday, September 1.
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 MUST sign the form. Students are required to digitally upload submission forms. Paper submission forms will not be accepted or processed.
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 the NYC Scholastic Awards team 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.
When do submissions close?
The deadline for submissions for NYC students is Friday, December 4, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST.
Fees and Payment:
Individual submissions: $7 per submission
Portfolio Submissions (for Seniors only): $25 per portfolio
Payment: Students (or their educators) are required 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.
*For educators paying for multiple students’ submissions: Please pay by PayPal, or bank transfer if possible. As we are working remotely due to COVID-19, we are experiencing mail delays and payment by check is not preferred. If you cannot pay by PayPal or bank transfer, we will accept payment by check. Find more information on paying for multiple students’ entries as an educator here.
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. Fee waivers must be digitally uploaded. Printed forms will not be accepted or processed.
When are the awards announced?
Regional Award recipients for the 2021 NYC Scholastic Awards will be announced in January. Students will be able to log into their account to discover if they received recognition at the Honorable Mention, Silver Key or Gold Key level.
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.
If you have any further questions regarding submissions, please take a look at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards’ FAQ. You may send an inquiry to email@example.com if an answer to your inquiry cannot be found on the FAQ page.
Please share the following information in your correspondence:
- Whether you are submitting art, writing or both
- Identify if you are student, guardian, educator or other educational program
- Provide email address associated with the account
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