Scholastic Art Awards

Important Dates

September 13, 2017: Program launch / submissions accepted
December 15, 2017: Deadline for submissions

What are the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards?

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program, and become a part of our community–-young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets, and sculptors, along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process.

The Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarship.

Students’ submissions are blindly judged by leaders in the visual and literary arts. Jurors look for works that exemplify the
Awards’ core values: originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal voice or vision.

Who Can Participate?

Public, private, parochial, or home-school students in the US, Canada, or American schools abroad enrolled in grades 7–12 are eligible to participate in the Awards.

How Do I Submit Works?

All guidelines can be found at:

1. Students and teachers must register at

2. Images of all works must be uploaded to the Online Registration System.

3. A copy of completed submission form with required signatures and fees or fee
waiver forms must be mailed to the Museum at:

Mississippi Museum of Art
Attn: Isabel Gray
380 South Lamar Street
Jackson, MS 39201

What are the Entry Fees?

$5.00 per individual entry

$20.00 per senior portfolio

Checks should be made payable to the Mississippi Museum of Art. Fee waivers are available to students who otherwise would be unable to participate. Teachers must attach the fee waiver form to their submission form.

What are the Submission Guidelines?

A full list of category descriptions can be found at Upload Image Requirements

· Artwork must be submitted as a digital file.

· Print dimensions must be 5” x 7” or larger. Image resolution must be 300dpi.

· Photography should be scanned at 100%.

Size Limitations and Oversized Artworks

No work will be omitted from digital adjudication because of its size. Individual works that exceed the size limitations may be excluded from the exhibition. Only works which meet the following criteria are eligible for display at the Museum:

· 2D artwork should not exceed 48 inches in any direction and, in general, the largest 2D work that is eligible is 36” x 48”.

· 3D artwork should not exceed 18” x 18” x 36” in dimensions and should not exceed 30 pounds in weight.

How are Works Evaluated?

The Scholastic Awards are adjudicated without knowledge of the artists/writers identity. Works are presented to a panel of judges and evaluated based on the following:

Originality Work that breaks from convention, blurs the boundaries between genres, and challenges notions of how a particular concept or emotion can be expressed.

Technical Skill Work that uses technique to advance an original perspective or a personal vision or voice, and show skills being utilized to create something unique, powerful, and innovative.

Personal Vision or Voice Work with an authentic and unique point of view and style.


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Isabel Gray, Director of School Programs