Last week, the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards opened for submissions. There are 29 different categories that can be entered, including visual arts, writing, and photography. Students in grades 7-12 can enter independent works, and high school seniors are able to submit a portfolio for a chance to win a scholarship.
Thousands of students are rewarded out of over 320,000 submissions — an estimation from 2016 — and Scholastic publishes some rewarded works in their National Catalog. They keep all of the winners in an online gallery, though, and anyone can browse through over 2500 works from 2016. This gives students a chance to be recognized for their creativity and their devotion to craft.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards began in 1923 and are presented by the The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The mission of the Alliance is to recognize young talent and share the work of exceptional students.
Congratulations to last year’s Gold Medal honorees in the writing categories from the Alabama School of Fine Arts, Milton High School (Georgia), Charleston County School of the Arts and the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Lusher Charter School (Louisiana), Christ Episcopal School (Lousiana), Jackson Preparatory School (Mississipi), Stanton College Preparatory (Florida), and Douglad Anderson School of the Arts (Florida).