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In 1997, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards asked a few eminent, creative Americans to write encouraging letters to students like you: their younger selves. One Pulitzer-Prize winning humorist, Art Buchwald, kindly responded.  We hope he inspires you to Start.Write.Now!

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Gaetano Icangelo. Typewriter. Grade 12, Age 17. 2012 Gold Medal for Printmaking and Silver Medal with Distinction for Art Portfolio.

Just the Facts: Journalism is nonfiction writing that informs and educates the general public about newsworthy topics or current events. Seventh- and eighth-grade journalists may submit works of 400-2,000 words to the 2013 Scholastic Awards; those in 9-12 grade have a 500-3,000 word limit. There are no limitations on subject matter, theme or language in submitted work. Jurors look for originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice.

For a good example from this category, read the following excerpt from 2012 Gold Medalist Alexa Horwitz’s winning story, Gimme Shelter.
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