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September 17, 2015

2016 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Call for Submissions

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The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers invites inspired students in grades 7–12 to submit original artwork and writing, and to join the legacy of Awards’ alumni such as Lena Dunham, Stephen King, Sylvia Plath and Andy Warhol

Attention young writers and artists of all backgrounds! The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition initiative for creative teens, are now accepting submissions from students across the country in grades 7–12. For 93 years the Awards, presented by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, have identified the early promise of some of our nation’s most accomplished visionaries, and encouraged young artists and writers to pursue a variety of creative career paths and endeavors. Each year, exhibition, publication and scholarship opportunities are made available to students honored through the program for their creative work in 29 categories, with opportunities expanding each year. And this year, for the first time since its inception, the Awards now include a category for editorial cartoons!

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are a wonderful way for young creatives to recognize their own skills, push themselves to improve their art and begin to receive recognition and support. I began submitting to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in 10th grade, and wish I had began earlier. The impetus to polish your work and submit it to a nationally recognized publisher encourages young artists and writers to understand their own potential. When young creatives begin their craft, it is often a messy thing. No matter how much theory they’ve learned, the practice of art is always a personal journey. Young artists and writers carry stories in their hearts, see art echoing in the footsteps of their homes and hallways, scribble poetry in notebook margins, doodle cartoons about their day, and don’t necessarily realize that their voices can resonate with so many others. The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards say: Hey --- we’re listening.

Especially now, with their new category for editorial cartoons, the Awards emphasize the potential creative expression across styles and forms. The Awards understand that young artists and writers have their own unique stories to tell, and encourage them to create and communicate in the best-fitting medium. Your story can have impact. Your vision is important. Your voice is worthy of being heard. You don’t need an Award to be a creative teen --- but the process of validating your own work, improving, and learning just how far you can reach is an invaluable one to young creatives everywhere.

To learn more about the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and to read the full rules, visit the Scholastic media room online.