KJ_SeriesThe year 2020 was not what we thought it would be. In six short months, the world turned upside down, and life became dramatically different. For many, loss has a powerful grip, and the reminders are all around us. For the past several years, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and New York Life Foundation have partnered to present the New York Life Award, recognizing and empowering students who express their grief through creativity. As we reflect on loss, healing, bereavement, and hope on National Children’s Grief Awareness Day, we want to share creative tools.  

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New WebsiteThe Scholastic Art & Writing Awards’ new website launches on Wednesday, October 21, 2020! Finding the information you need on the Awards’ new website will be much easier, as we’ve revamped the navigation toolbar and made the language more direct. We’re also introducing new sections, like My Region, to quickly help you find important regional information such as deadlines, local ceremony and exhibition dates, and your regional awards’ notification date.

Be sure to check out artandwriting.org on Wednesday, October 21 to see all of the exciting new features!

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Question MarksIf you have questions about how to sign your entry form, then be sure to check out this blog post. The options presented here are intended to work with your device, at no additional cost. Don’t worry if one of these options doesn’t work for you—there are many more out there!

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Updates to Scholastic Awards 2021 464x288Like a school year, the Scholastic Awards program cycle wraps up for students and educators in June, before it starts up again in September. During the summer, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers staff is busy finding ways to improve the program and make it easier than ever for you to enter the Awards. From category and submission form updates to new self-identification options in student profiles, we’ve made a lot of changes for 2021. We’ll cover them all in this blog post.
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Readathon Poster Final2The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is delighted to partner with the Ray Bradbury Foundation for the first-ever Ray Bradbury Read-A-Thon! The Foundation is the underwriter of the 2021 Scholastic Awards’ Ray Bradbury Award for Science Fiction & Fantasy.

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This year, for the first time, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers offered a new opportunity for educators whose student received recognition in the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards—the 2020 Writer’s Retreat for Educators. The two educators chosen for this opportunity would have participated in the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project’s annual New Orleans Writing Marathon, which is a five-day writing retreat for writers across the nation. Unfortunately, this year’s retreat was canceled due to COVID-19. Instead, the educators will now be offered a $1,000 stipend and the opportunity to engage in online networking and enrichment experiences over the summer.

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