Judging

Awards alum Timothy H. Lee’s shot of the Scholastic building and the famous ‘in’ and ‘out’
paddles that were used in the 1970′s

We are so lucky to have had such an exciting, creative, and fun group of jurors join us for the 2014 Awards adjudication. Whether reading your work from the comfort of their own homes with a cup of cocoa while the snow fell or making the icy trek into the Alliance offices on a holiday, one thing remained the same: the outstanding quality of the works you submitted!

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What a year! The 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards received more than 230,000 student works in 27 categories of art and writing – 15% more than last year! Over 60,000 students received regional awards and 15,000 Gold Key works were reviewed on the national level earlier this month.

As we wrap up this year’s judging process, we want to congratulate all students and teachers who participated in the 90th anniversary year of the Scholastic Awards. We also want to give a big thank you to the incredible artists and writers who helped us judge this year’s submissions.

This year’s jurors included Awards alum Red Grooms, Fantasy writer and alum Peter S. Beagle, curators Matthew Higgs and Nora Halpern, photographer Andres Serrano, and artist Cat Mazza– just to name a few! Check out what some of them had to say about the judging process below.

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Still from the documentary When I Walk by 2011 Scholastic Awards Juror Jason DaSilva

In 2011, documentary filmmaker Jason DaSilva helped choose the National Gold and Silver Medalists in the Film category as one of our many remarkable jurors that year. Five years earlier, at the age of 25, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis after suffering from a bad fall while at the beach with his family. Doctors told him that the disease could lead to loss of vision, muscle control, and many other problems over the years. But that didn’t stop Jason from pursuing his love of making films and working with the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards to recognize and encourage talented young filmmakers. In fact, he created a documentary about his affliction and the incredible things he encountered along the way. The film, When I Walk, is being shown this week in Utah 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and is a true inspiration. Read More

Still of DC Pierson as Duncan in the film Mystery Team

DC Pierson is busy. His Alex Award-winning first novel, The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To, is now being made into a movie. He’s part of an acclaimed improv team called Derrick Comedy which performs regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles, and with whom he made a 2009 movie called Mystery Team that was featured at Sundance. And he’s only 27!

Pierson joined us as a National Juror in the Humor category for the 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards; earlier this year, blogger Brendan Bourque-Sheil interviewed Pierson about his writing process. Check out an excerpt of the interview below! We’re positive that he’ll get you to Start.Write.Now!

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Caridad Svich was a National Juror for the Dramatic Script category during the 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Check out what she has to say about what inspires her as a playwright. We hope her words will encourage you to stay creative this summer and START.WRITE.NOW!

As a playwright, songwriter, editor and translator living between many cultures, including inherited ones, the idea of departure has always been not only an actual or metaphorical basis for writing the work, but also an idea made manifest through the enactment of writing, its performance, and my living of it. Read More

Photo credit: Barbara P. Fernandez for The New York Times

Guest blog post by Haris Durrani, Editor, The Best Teen Writing of 2012

Last week, I ventured across the river to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). The National Book Foundation-funded series at BAMcafé, Eat, Drink, and Be Literary, welcomed Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat to read and talk about her work, and the series’ publicity team graciously invited me.

Ms. Danticat is not only a recipient of numerous writing awards, but a special friend of the Alliance. In 1997, she wrote a letter of encouragement to young writers now on display in our lobby at 557 Broadway —stop by to read it! This year, she served as a National Writing Juror for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. But what made my visit to Brooklyn more magical? Just a few weeks ago, Danticat generously agreed to write the Foreword for The Best Teen Writing of 2012, of which I am the Editor—and I couldn’t wait to meet her in person! Read More