BTA BTW Yearbook SMALLEREvery year, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers publishes 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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ASHLEY BARG, BRENNA BROWN, MELISSA GRACE GARCIA, VAN NGUYEN, and ELLA WILSON, DEADication, Video Game Design. Grade 10, SAY Sí, San Antonio, TX. The ESA Foundation Award for Video Game Design

ASHLEY BARG, BRENNA BROWN, MARY GRACE GARCIA, VAN NGUYEN, and ELLA WILSON, DEADication, Video Game Design. Grade 10, SAY Sí, San Antonio, TX. The ESA Foundation Award for Video Game Design

The Scholastic Awards were excited to present a new award this year: The ESA Foundation Award for Video Game Design. Underwritten by the ESA Foundation, this award recognizes two outstanding video game designs with $1,000 scholarships.

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After receiving a record number of applicants and a competitive adjudication process, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is pleased to announce that Carolina Ixta Navarro-Gutiérrez and Da’Shawn Mosley have been selected by author and writer Kiese Laymon as the 2019 recipients of A Suite of One’s Own: A Writer’s Residency. Made possible by the support of Amazon Literary Partnership and The Roosevelt Hotel, this annual Writer’s Residency enables two Alumni of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards to travel to New York City and spend five nights at the historic Roosevelt Hotel. Over the course of the Residency, Navarro-Gutiérrez and Mosley will be granted the time and space to focus on their writing projects, and receive opportunities to meet with literary professionals.

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The Class of 2018 National Student Poets conduct a poetry workshop for Scholastic Inc. staff and Alliance for Young Artists & Writers staff at Scholastic's headquarters in New York City.

The Class of 2018 National Student Poets conducts a poetry workshop for Scholastic Inc. staff and Alliance for Young Artists & Writers staff at Scholastic’s headquarters in New York City.

Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day! Every year during National Poetry Month, poetry lovers are asked to carry a poem with them in their pocket and share it with others in conversation, through email, or even on social media (use #pocketpoem)!

If you haven’t decided on which poem to carry with you today, then you should check out the 2018 National Student Poets! Here they are reading their own original poetry. Feel free to share these videos with your friends!

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HAORAN XU, Floating City/Sky Village Project, Architecture & Industrial Design. Grade 12, Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, MA

HAORAN XU, Floating City/Sky Village Project, Architecture & Industrial Design. Grade 12, Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, MA

Part 2 of our series on the 2019 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients continues with artist Haoran Xu and writer Sandra Chen. Haoran’s pieces mix the future and the past to create new worlds and possibilities, while Sandra focuses her writing on the issues facing women today.

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