In 2011, our first year as a Scholastic Awards Affiliate Partner, we displayed a quote from the awarded works along with the students’ certificates. It was a crowd pleaser, but too labor-intensive to continue as submissions increased.

In 2013, our first year as a Scholastic Awards Affiliate Partner, we displayed a quote from the awarded works along with the students’ certificates.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards’ national office in New York City is dedicated to growing and supporting our Affiliate Partners across the country. Our Affiliate Partners are doing great work in their communities, and we love hearing about their outreach efforts, their students, and their programs. This month, we shine the spotlight on Writopia Lab Westchester & Fairfield in New York State, which manages the HudsontoHousatonic Writing Region. Here’s what the staff at Writopia Lab had to say about Awards activity in their region: Read More

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Photo Courtesy of Writopia Lab. Scholastic Awards alum Angelica Modabber with Writopia Lab founder Rebecca Wallace-Segall (left) and Writopia Lab instructor Danielle Sheeler (right) at the induction of the inaugural NYC Literary Honors.

Guest post by Alliance staffer Lisa Feder-Feitel

It’s rare to say “we knew you when” about someone who’s just 17, but Manhattan-born writer Angelica Modabber has been submitting writing to the Scholastic Awards and earning accolades since middle school!

Therefore, it was not a surprise but a lovely honor to gather under a tent outside Gracie Mansion last month to see Angelica inducted in the inaugural class of the NYC Literary Honors. Stellar city scribes from Robert Caro (author of The Power Broker and LBJ biographies) to award-winning young adult author Walter Dean Myers were called to the stage to read and receive glittering statuettes. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg served as emcee, and perhaps because the event took place on “Poem in Your Pocket Day,” he read this rhyming tribute to one of the honorees: “I think that I shall never know, a poet as fine as Marie Ponsot!” Read More