Listen To Your Art

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This year, in honor of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards’ 90th  anniversary, we released a special, limited edition commemorative book, The Great Encouragement.

We wanted to provide our community with the chance to get their hands on a free copy, so we held a contest asking people why art and writing are important. Quite simply, we loved the responses we received! Below is the winning response, followed by a selection of some of the other outstanding answers (many are from Scholastic Award winners!). Get your own copy of The Great Encouragement here. Your contribution will ensure the continued growth and future of the Scholastic Awards, and encourage the work of creative teens everywhere!

Winning Entry
Well, because they are flowering fields of screaming and fighting. They burst in reflected fireworks I held on, I will not stop shouting into even blankness, and I will spirit through time for centuries coloring in this Earth with the pastels of truth. Oh, and it inks so much passion, defiance for happiness, and uncurtaining of our souls to the point where so many would rot without it. Yet, hey, what’s the big deal?
– Darcy Stack, Texas, Age 16 (2013 Gold Key and Silver Key winner for Poetry)
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On Wednesday, friends and supporters of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards gathered at our national office in NYC to kick-off our 90th anniversary, to celebrate our collected history, and to officially launch our new publication, The Great Encouragement by Bryan Doerries. Over the past 90 years, the Scholastic Awards have recognized millions of teens for their creative achievements. This unique publication, with cover art by alum Winston Chmielinksi (’06), follows the Scholastic Awards from their  beginnings in 1923 to the creation of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers through today’s Awards, which receive over 230,000 submissions nationwide and offer over $8 million in annual scholarships.
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