2022 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards


The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were founded in 1923 for nearly a century, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world. Jurors look for works that exemplify the Awards’ core values: originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.


ART: Architecture & Industrial Design, Comic Art, Digital Art, Editorial Cartoon, Fashion, Jewelry, Painting, Printmaking, Ceramics & Glass, Design, Drawing & Illustration, Expanded Projects, Film & Animation, Mixed Media, Photography, Sculpture.

WRITING: Critical Essay, Dramatic Script, Flash Fiction, Humor, Journalism, Novel Writing, Personal Essay & Memoir, Poetry, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Short Story.

Click HERE to check the instructions about each type competition.



All entries are considered for Gold Key, Silver Key, Honorable Mention, American Visions Nominee, and American Voices Nominee Awards. These are presented to students along with celebration ceremonies and exhibitions in each region.


Gold Key entries are automatically considered for national awards, including Gold Medal, Silver Medal with Distinction, Silver Medal, and scholarship awards.


Regional, national, and traveling exhibitions showcase selections of award-winning student work each year.


Selections of student work are highlighted annually in Best Teen Art and Best Teen Writing, and a list of all National Medalists is included in the Yearbook.


National Medalists are eligible for scholarships of up to $10,000.


Oprah Winfrey, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Sara Bareilles, Kristen Bell, Tituss Burgess, Kelly Clarkson, Reese Witherspoon, and Tschabalala Self were joined to celebrate the 2021 National Medalists.


To participate in the Awards, you must be a student in grades 7–12, age 13 and up, and residing in the United States, U.S. territories or military bases, or Canada.
Students can submit their works through the online registration system. Each student shall enter his/her school name to submit the work.
Entry fees are $7 per individual entry and $25 per portfolio.