Fake Blue, by Seungmuk Oh

Fake Blue, by Seungmuk Oh

Summer is the time to kick-back, relax–and get excited for the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! Be ahead of the game this fall by working on your art and writing during summer break. We can help!

All summer, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is hosting art and writing workshops across the country for both students and educators. We also have some fun, creative challenges that you won’t want to miss!

Creative Challenges

Funny Ha Ha: The High School Humor Challenge
Calling all budding humorists: we want you to make us laugh! Studio 360 and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are looking for humor writing by students who are about to start high school, in high school, or spring graduates. Your writing can take any form—text, video, or audio. The writer and actor BJ Novak (The Office, One More Thing) will pick a winner on the show.

Here’s your assignment — your piece must begin and end with these sentences:

FIRST LINE: The sun rose and everything fell.
LAST LINE: Alex stared at the door handle and slowly turned the knob.

What happens in between those two lines is up to you!

Your submissions can be text, video, or audio. Just click the links to submit!

American National Tree Challenge
The American National Tree, a popular exhibit at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, tells the stories of Americans whose actions have helped write the story of the Constitution. On September 17, a new story will be added—and you may be its scholarship-winning author!

All rising 8th to 12th graders who have earned a Gold Key can enter. Participants must write a 250-500 word biographical essay on one of the historical Americans listed below. Essays are due no later than August 3, 2015.

The 2015 American National Tree Nominees
John Marshall
Victoria Woodhull
Thaddeus Stevens
Martin Delany
Samuel J. Tilden

If your essay is selected,

it will be added to the tree on September 17,
you will be invited to Philadelphia to see your essay added to the tree, and
you will earn a $1,000 scholarship!

Send your essay to:
American National Tree Award
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
557 Broadway, New York, NY, 10012

Or email it to nationalawards@artandwriting.org with the subject line: American National Tree Award


Check out the Summer Series Workshops page for a rundown of what’s happening this summer. Keep checking back, as we’ll be adding even more workshop dates and locations!

Summertime is a great time to work on creative projects. Join us this summer, and don’t forget to post your works on our Tumblr page!

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