+ Awards and Scholarships for Creative Teens

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The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers presents the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Students in grades 7-12 are invited to submit work in 30 categories of visual art and writing.  Students must be enrolled in

  • Grades 7-12 for the 2009-2010 school year
  • A public, private, parochial, home-school or after-school program
  • The US, Canada, or an American school abroad

Work will be reviewed by professional artists, writers, educators, and creative-industry leaders.  In addition to regional awards that will be given, 1000 students will earn national awards.

Award-winning students will be given recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarship opportunities.

Work is submitted to one of 96 Regional Affiliates of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  In all work, jurors look for three core criteria:

  • Originality
  • Technical Skills
  • Emergence of a Personal Vision or Voice

Students register online to obtain submission forms. 

These forms must be printed, signed and attached to each work before sending to the Regional Affiliate.  Students are encouraged to register at least 2-3 weeks prior to the regional deadline.

Please note: students who are 12 and younger cannot register their work online.  Regional guidelines will provide PDFs of paper forms to complete and submit with work.

Be sure to review printed submission forms to make sure all information is correct.  Read the “Copyrights Release” and “Authorship and Plagiarism” sections of the guidelines.  A teacher/guardian must sign each submission form.  (Students over 18 do not need a parent/guardian signature.)

Students and teachers who are recognized with regional awards will be notified within one to three months of the regional deadline.  Due to the volume of submissions, only those students earning awards will be notified.

For guidelines and deadlines visit www.artandwriting.org.

This is the beginning of awards season 2010, the 87th year of seeking out the best young artists and writiers from across the country. 

Categories of writing include

  • Poetry
  • Personal essay
  • Fantasy and
  • Humor 

In an effort to best reflect evolving modes of expression, this year the Alliance has refined the guidelines and added a few new categories: 

  • Video Games — Entries can consist of anything from demonstrations of  working Mac or PC programs to storyboards and character sketches, but should be original — no sequels or re-interpretations.
  • Persuasive Writing — An argument in favor of a specific view or positions — an essay, editorial, or speech.  Entries should be clear and thorough, with facts and data to support the author’s opinion.  Sources must be cited, and the manuscript must not rely on visuals, graphs, or images.
  • Creativity and Citizenship: Freedom of Expression — Works from either art or writing can be submitted for consideration in this forum that seeks to answer the question “What do you believe will create a better future for the United States of America?”  This exploration of constructive creativity is presented by the Alliance  and  the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. 

To learn more about participating in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, send an email to info@artandwriting.org.

The Best Teen Writing of 2009 Now Available

Last year’s collection is availabe.  Virginia Pfaehler, poet and past Gold Medal Portfolio Award recipient, spent the summer culling the best examples of writing from last year’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  Forty-eight pieces, which capture the emotion and intelligence of the next generation of writers, have been selected.

Internship Opportunities for Fall 2009 and Spring 2010

Recent high school graduates as well as college freshmen and sophomores can assist the Alliance in its effort to recognize merit and facilitate artistic growth. 

In this way, alumni can gain invaluable instruction and exposure as they direct their passion in the arts and industry.  The Alliance also helps alumni find internships with other artists and creative corporations. 


tutoring in Columbus OH:   Adrienne Edwards   614-579-6021   or email  aedwardstutor@columbus.rr.com


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