Morgan Iser. Friends and Feathers. Grade 8, Age 14. 2012 Silver Medal, Painting.

As part of START.WRITE.NOW, we’ll be highlighting some of our Scholastic Art & Writing Awards categories on our blog this summer. Today, we’re focusing on Dramatic Script! Read on for an except from one of this year’s Gold Medal-winning plays and learn more about how to submit to this category at the bottom of this post.

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"Speed Demon," Charles Roushey. Grade 7, Age 12. Gold Medal, AMD Game Changer Award, Video Game Design.

From Guest Blogger John Kollmer, Video Game Extraordinaire

Gone are the days when video games were merely a form of entertainment and a bane to every parent’s attempt to get their kid to do their homework. Today, students of all ages can apply their love of gaming to prepare for 21st century careers. You can explore climate patterns and outer space; learn about the government and international relations; and even propose plans for saving the planet’s expendable resources – all through video games.
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Cody Castro, "Practice, by chance." START.WRITE.NOW. on Flickr.

Today, September 15, is the day you’ve been waiting for all summer long – the 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are now open for submissions! Have you been working on a short story this summer or perhaps trying a new type of art form or maybe you made your first video game or produced a film or fabricated a piece of jewelry or took photographs or drew a beautiful picture or wrote a play? Well, we can’t wait to see what you’ve done!

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Sarah Darer Littman

This year, for the second time, I was privileged to be a National Judge for the 2011 Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards. I was particularly excited to be a judge in a category that resonated so much with me in both my author and political columnist lives, the Creativity & Citizenship Award, which this year focused on Art for Social Change.

Here’s what the award was about…
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Rebekah Isaacs spends most of her days at her drafting table, hanging out with super heroes and her cat, Fantastic Doughnut. As a professional comic book artist, she works ten- to twelve- hour days creating art and layouts for a variety of titles and projects for major publishers like Marvel and DC Comics. Isaacs will be evaluating Comic Art entries in this year’s Scholastic Art Awards. We recently caught up with her to ask her about her secret origins, her work in the comics biz and her favorite superpower.

 

Rebekah at her desk with feline sidekick Fantastic Doughnut.

AYAW: You’re a comic book artist. Does that mean you really get to sit around reading comic books all day?

REBEKAH: You might think so, but I hardly get time to read comics, and I’ve heard other comics creators say the same. Our schedules are usually just too demanding to allow for a lot of reading time. Most artists work 8-12 hours a day (my average day is usually 10-12 hours). Although it’s lots of fun, I like to spend my few free hours with friends, since I work from home as many artists do. But that also means I can work in my pajamas! Read More

Sean Pettiford, "Celedon." Age 17, Grade 12. 2010 Art Portfolio Gold Medal, Ceramics & Glass.

This delicate category is one of the most exciting and challenging of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. One of our 2010 Portfolio Gold Medalists even submitted a portfolio made entirely of ceramics. Read More