2013 National Celebration

Live-tweet the Awards using #AWawards

We hope you’re psyched and ready for the 90th National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony at the end of this week! Before, during, and after this milestone event, we want to hear what all of you are saying and see what you’re up to. Let us know how you’re celebrating the Awards by posting to our Facebook page or tweeting at @artandwriting using the hashtag #AWawards. Your tweets will show up on our Webcast page, where we’ll be broadcasting our ceremony LIVE this year on May 31 at 6pm ET / 3pm PT!

Share your NYC experience using #AWLandmarks

If you’re joining us in New York City this Friday and Saturday, share pictures of yourself in spots all over the city using the hashtag #AWLandmarks on Instagram (don’t forget to follow us!). Read More

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We want to know! In celebration of the Scholastic Awards’ 90th anniversary year, we’re asking all of you to tell us why art and writing are important in your life. Give us your opinion here, and you could win a FREE copy of our 90th anniversary book, The Great Encouragementwhich provides an in-depth look into the incredible 90-year history of the Awards and the students who have made it what it is today. You can also get a copy of The Great Encouragement by making a donation here to support the work of the Awards.

It’s hard for us to imagine a world without art and writing. They both bring out creativity like few other activities. In fact, Scholastic Awards founder Maurice R. Robinson once said that teens who produce art and writing are “acquiring something infinitely valuable – a feeling for beauty, which will color their entire lives, and the lives of those about them. There lies the great encouragement.” (Foreword to Saplings. Scholastic Publishing Company, 1928, and featured in The Great Encouragement).

We all have individual reasons for expressing ourselves creatively through art and writing, and that’s what makes each act of expression so special and unique. So tell us, why do you create or appreciate?

Enter to win a copy of The Great Encouragement now.

The Black Cloth #2 by Brannon Dorsey (Photography)

Teen writers! The Adroit Journal, founded by multiple Scholastic Awards winner Peter LaBerge, has a great opportunity for you to have your work published! Learn about their 2013 Adroit Prizes in Fiction and Verse below from Peter himself. But act fast – the deadline to submit your writing is Wednesday, May 1!

Hi! My name is Peter LaBerge. When I am not writing, I am evaluating writing—for The Adroit Journal, the print charitable literary publication that I founded in November of my sophomore year. At its foundation, The Adroit Journal offers young writers from around the world the unique opportunity not only to submit work for publication alongside established writers, but also to participate in the evaluation process themselves, as part of the journal’s staff of 52 readers and editors. Read More

Playwrights take a bow at Writopia Lab’s 2012 Worldwide Plays Festival. Photo Credit: Writopia Lab

Young dramatists, take note! Your scripts are wanted—and you may actually earn one of two coveted scholarships for them in Writopia Lab’s 2013 Worldwide Plays Festival and Competition!

If you are a playwright in grades 1-12 with a one-act play you’re proud of, you may submit it for consideration by January 25, 2013. Submissions should be mailed to Writopia Lab, 155 West 81 Street, Suite A, New York, NY 10024.

Worldwide Pants, David Letterman’s production company, will offer a $2,500 scholarship for the funniest play. Playscripts, an independent play publisher,  is sponsoring another $2,500 scholarship for the best script by a U.S. high school junior or senior.

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Left to right: Vince Stango, COO of the National Constitution Center; Carter Jimenez-Jenkins; Rebecca Rutherfurd, Sr. Manager of National Programs at the Alliance

Last week was a busy week for Carter Jimenez-Jenkins. But it’s always a busy week, it seems.

On Monday, September 17, he and his mom flew to Philadelphia to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution at the National Constitution Center. He is patriotic, but that’s not why he attended the special ceremony commemorating the addition of an essay about influential American and former first lady Betty Ford to the American National Tree exhibit. Carter flew from coast-to-coast because he wrote the essay about Ms. Ford, which earned him a $1,000 scholarship and the 2012 M.R. Robinson National Constitution Center American National Tree Award! You can read the essay here.

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Today, we’re open for submissions to the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! Have you been working on a new comic this summer or perhaps trying a new art form or maybe you made your first video game or produced a film or designed a dress or wrote a play? If so, we can’t wait to see what you’ve created!

Last year, we reached an all-time high of 200,000 submissions from talented students across the country. This year, we anticipate even more! There are 28 categories to fulfill your every artistic and literary whim, and we’ll be giving away over a quarter of a million dollars in scholarships and awards! So what are you waiting for? Learn how to submit by clicking here.

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