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Every year, before the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards open for submissions, we take a look back at the previous year and figure out ways to improve the program for our students, parents, and educators. For the 2020 Awards, we’ve made some changes that you should be aware of before submitting your work.

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Carolina Ixta Navarro-Gutiérrez (left) and Da'Shawn Mosley (right), 2019 Residents

Carolina Ixta Navarro-Gutiérrez (left) and Da’Shawn Mosley (right), 2019 Residents

In late June, emerging Alumni writers Carolina Ixta Navarro-Gutiérrez and Da’Shawn Mosley arrived in New York City for a five-night stay at The Roosevelt Hotel. They had been selected from a competitive pool of applicants by author Kiese Laymon to participate in the “A Suite of One’s Own: A Writer’s Residency” 2019 program. Now in its fourth year, the Residency provides travel, accommodation, and opportunities to meet with literary professionals to two Alumni writers. Most importantly, the Residents receive the gift of time and space to focus on their writing away from what Scholastic Inc. founder Maurice R. Robinson called, “the standardizing pressures of adult life.”

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From 2nd left to right, 2nd row, Tracy K. Smith, 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress, writer, and producer Tina Fey, Chairman and CEO of Scholastic Richard Robinson, fashion designer Zac Posen, astronomer Lucianne Walkowicz and Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress Rose Byrne, are pictured with Gold Medal Portfolio recipients backstage at the National Ceremony for the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards held at Carnegie Hall in New York, Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Stuart Ramson/AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)

From 2nd left to right, 2nd row, Tracy K. Smith, 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress, writer, and producer Tina Fey, Chairman and CEO of Scholastic Richard Robinson, fashion designer Zac Posen, astronomer Lucianne Walkowicz, and Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress Rose Byrne, are pictured with Gold Medal Portfolio recipients backstage at the National Ceremony for the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards held at Carnegie Hall in New York, Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Stuart Ramson/AP Images for Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)

Our annual National Events is a time for teen creativity to shine. Held over three days, National Events brings together students, their families, and their educators, to New York City where teen medalists in the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are celebrated at a teen-only party, the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall, and our closing event, Student Showcase.

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BTA BTW Yearbook SMALLERFor more than a decade, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers published student art and writing in the National Catalog and The Best Teen Writing. This year, we’ve decided to change things up. We now have three publications to showcase our students: Yearbook 2019, The Best Teen Writing, and The Best Teen Art.

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Educators, in so many ways, are the driving force behind the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards as they work side-by-side with their students, helping them select and perfect their best work to submit while providing the encouraging voice that gives students the motivation and courage to participate.

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HALLIE WILSON, Printer People, Sculpture. Grade 12, Henrico High School, Richmond, VA

HALLIE WILSON, Printer People, Sculpture. Grade 12, Henrico High School, Richmond, VA

We conclude our series on the 2019 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients with Hallie Wilson and Sophia Zhao. As an artist, Hallie’s whimsical sculptures explore humanity’s connection with technology. Sophia’s writing delves into her heritage and her connection to others. Both students received $10,000 scholarships for their portfolios.

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