Scholastic Scholarship Essay Contest 2016-2017

Art Categories

A Note on Size Limitation for All Art Categories
Affiliate Partners may limit the size of work that they accept. Please refer to your local guidelines for details.

Oversized works that earn National Medals are not guaranteed opportunities for display in the National Exhibition.

Architecture & Industrial Design

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Ceramics & Glass

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Comic Art

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Design

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Digital Art

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Drawing & Illustration

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Editorial Cartoon sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation

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Fashion

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Film & Animation

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Jewelry

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Mixed Media

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Painting

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Photography

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Printmaking

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Sculpture

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Video Game Design

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Art Portfolio

(For Graduating Seniors Only)

Category Description
A series of 8 distinct works that communicate a single cohesive idea or visual investigation. The works can come from one category or any combination of multiple categories.

Seniors may submit up to two Art Portfolios, but may not submit the same work in both portfolios.

Video Game Design and Future New Submissions may not be submitted as part of an Art Portfolio.

Special Instructions
Each work within the Art Portfolio is subject to the same upload rules as its equivalent in individual categories. For example, a sculpture entry as part of a portfolio is allowed up to four images, while a photography entry is allowed one image.

  • In addition to the artwork, students may submit a 300 word Artist Statement answering the following questions:
    • What idea or visual investigation does your portfolio explore?
    • Why is this exploration important to you?
    • What do you hope (stays with people/changes within people/people see differently) after they view your portfolio?
  •  Artist statements may be entered on the “Create Portfolio” page.
  •  Work included in a portfolio may also be submitted in an individual category (i.e. Drawing and Illustration, Mixed Media, etc.). You will be able to indicate if you want to submit a work a part of a portfolio only, an individual submission only, or both on your student dashboard.
  •  Seniors may resubmit artworks submitted to the Scholastic Awards in a previous year as part of their Art Portfolio.
  • Do not include any identifying information, such as your name, in the title of your portfolio or the works included in the submission.

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Writing Categories

Instructions for all Writing Categories

  • Submissions must be primarily in English.
  • Use a clear, standard font that is not excessively large or small.
  • The title should appear at the top of the first page; do not include a separate title page. Poems should be titled individually.
  • No identifying information, including the student’s name, should appear anywhere on the manuscript.
  • Please use fictional names for real people in non-fiction works.
  • No illustrations, photographs, graphics or hyperlinks are permitted.
  • Sources must be cited. Footnotes/works cited are not considered part of the word count.
  • Collaborative works are not allowed in any writing categories.

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Critical Essay

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Dramatic Script

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Flash Fiction

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Humor

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Journalism

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Novel Writing

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Personal Essay & Memoir

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Poetry

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Science Fiction & Fantasy

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Short Story

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Writing Portfolio

(For Graduating Seniors Only)

Category Description
A series of 8 distinct works that demonstrate versatility as a writer and diversity in writing technique and styles. The works can come from one category or any combination of multiple categories.

Graduating Seniors may submit up to two Writing Portfolios, but may not submit the same work in both portfolios.

Special Instructions
The word count for each piece submitted in a writing portfolio should adhere to the length limits listed in each individual category. The maximum length for a writing portfolio is 24,000 words (not including the writer’s statement).

  • The Writing Portfolio may include a writer’s statement. The statement should be 300 words and answer the following questions:
    • Why did you select the work you submitted for your Writing Portfolio?
    • How do you hope people will react when they read your work?
    • What role does writing play in your life?
  • Writer’s statements may be entered on the “Create Portfolio” page.
  • Work included in a portfolio may also be submitted in an individual category (i.e. Short Story, Critical Essay, etc.). You will be able to indicate if you want to submit a work a part of a portfolio only, an individual submission only, or both on your student dashboard.
  • Seniors may resubmit writing submitted to the Scholastic Awards in a previous year as part of their Writing Portfolio.
  • Do not include any identifying information, such as your name, in the title of your portfolio or the works included in the submission.

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Future New

The Future New category asks students to produce work that challenges the boundaries of the Scholastic Awards’ current categories.

Future New means on the cutting edge of creative practice. Work submitted to this category should address the issues and concerns of our time through conceptual, social, or political content. Work can be executed as—but is not limited to—installation art, performance art*, interactive text, sound art, re-purposed materials, or new and applied technologies. Along with the work, the student must submit a written statement that describes in detail the processes used to create the work and/or relevant content that situates the work as innovative. A Future New work must be both thought-provoking and reflect creative excellence.

Send Future New Submission Forms to:

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
ATTN: Future New
557 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

*Spoken word poetry should be submitted in the Poetry category as a text document.

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Contact:
Mike Barrett, mbarrett@scholastic.com, 212-343-6570
Josephine Djonovic, jdjonovic@scholastic.com, 212-343-6876

2018 SCHOLASTIC ART & WRITING AWARDS NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS WITH SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEENS

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers invites students in grades 7–12 to submit their original works and join the legacy of Awards’ alumni including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Zac Posen, Stephen King and more


NEW YORK – September 13, 2017 –
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition initiative for creative teens, is now accepting submissions from students across the country in grades 7–12. The Awards have fostered creativity and talent since 1923 for millions of students and feature a notable list of alumni including: Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Sylvia Plath, Charles White, Kay WalkingStick, Ken Burns, John Baldessari, Mozelle Thompson, Joyce Carol Oates, Hughie Lee-Smith, Robert Redford, Zac Posen, and Lena Dunham. To learn more about submission details for the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, visit artandwriting.org.

“We’ve learned over the years that for many teenagers having their creative work recognized while still in school is the impetus they need to be lifelong creators, makers, and leaders,” said Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. “Encouraging teens to utilize art and writing to express their hopes, dreams, and questions about the world has multiple and meaningful benefits. The collective output of these young innovators creates a portrait in time of our American identity and, for the teens, it reinforces the positive habits that come from creative self-expression.”

SCHOLARSHIPS AND SPECIAL AWARDS: New & Notable

  • Gold Medal Portfolio is the program’s highest national honor, which awards 16 high school seniors a $10,000 scholarship for their writing or artwork portfolio.
  • The New York Life Award sponsored by the New York Life Foundation recognizes teens exploring issues of grief and bereavement in their creative work and providing six young artists and writers with $1,000 scholarships.
  • The Herblock Award for Editorial Cartoon sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation provides three young artists with $1,000 scholarships for their outstanding editorial cartoons.
  • The Civic Expression Award in partnership with the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools and sponsored by the Maurice R. Robinson Fund provides $1,000 scholarships to six students whose art or writing promotes responsible civic life.
  • A full list of special awards and scholarships are available at: http://www.artandwriting.org/scholarships/

CRITERIA AND GUIDELINES FOR THE 2018 SCHOLASTIC ART & WRITING AWARDS:

  • Students in grades 7–12 in the U.S. and its territories, as well as American schools abroad, are invited to submit creative and original work in any of the Awards’ 29 art and writing categories, including architecture, painting, flash fiction, poetry, printmaking, and video game design.
  • All works are evaluated through blind adjudication first on a regional level by more than 100 local affiliates of the Alliance and then nationally by an impressive panel of creative industry experts. This past year’s group of distinguished jurors included cartoonist Leela Corman; writers John Corey Whaley, Edwidge Danticat, and Baratunde Thurston; artist Dread Scott; and curator and art critic Hrag Vartanian.
  • At each level of judging, all works are reviewed based on the same criteria that have represented the program since its founding in 1923: originality, technical skill, and emergence of personal vision or voice.
  • More information is available at artandwriting.org/guidelines.

2017–18 TIMELINE:

  • Winter 2017: Deadlines vary by region and are followed by local announcements of Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention recipients as well as American Visions & Voices Nominations. These students and their teachers are honored locally through community ceremonies and exhibitions. All Gold Key recipients are forwarded for the next round of national awards and honors.
  • March 2018: National Recipients and Special Awards are announced.
  • June 2018: National Gold Medal Portfolios, Gold Medalists and Silver Medal Portfolios with Distinction are honored at Carnegie Hall with their families and educators. Last year’s ceremony included special appearances by Paul Chan, Ellie Kemper, Hunter March, Amy Schumer, and Allison Williams.
  • Summer 2018: Select 2018 National Medalists’ works will be highlighted in the Art.Write.Now.Tour – a traveling public exhibition displaying teen-produced art and writing. Writing recipients may have their work published in The Best Teen Writing of 2018, an anthology showcasing stories, essays, and poetry of teen authors. The 2017 edition is currently available at artandwriting.org/publications and on Amazon.com.

ABOUT THE SCHOLASTIC ART & WRITING AWARDS:

  • For 95 years, the Awards, presented by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & 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. In the 2017 program year, a record-breaking 330,000 works were submitted for adjudication at the regional level, with more than 2,700 public, private, and home-schooled students receiving national recognition. 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.
  • For more information about the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, visit the Scholastic News Room: mediaroom.scholastic.com/artandwriting.

SPONSORS:
The Alliance of Young Artists & Writers is grateful to our generous sponsors, who provide funds to support and produce all our programs, including the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the Art.Write.Now.Tour, Scholastic Awards Summer Scholarships, Workshops, and more: Scholastic Inc., The Maurice R. Robinson Fund, Command Web Offset Co., The New York Times, New York Life Foundation, The Herb Block Foundation, Blick Art Materials & Utrecht Art Supplies, Golden Artist Colors, Garcia Family Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, ESA Foundation, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Amazon Literary Partnership, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Poetry Foundation, and numerous other individual, foundation, and corporate funders.

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