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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.


View the List of 2019 Winners
View the 2019 Honorable Mention Online Exhibition


September 12, 2019: Program launch / submissions accepted
December 12, 2019: Deadline for submissions

January 20, 2020: Regional winners notified
January 17- 31, 2020: Gold Key and Silver Key works delivered to Museum for exhibition
February 8 - March 22, 2020: American Visions, Gold Key, and Silver works on view at the Mississippi Museum of Art; Honorable Mention works on view online
March 22, 2020: Ceremony for American Vision, Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention recipients, educators, and jurors (CANCELED)

QUESTIONS? Visit artandwriting.org or contact Merry Barnes, Director of School Programs, at mbarnes@msmuseumart.org or 601.965.9909.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are sponsored by Atmos Energy.