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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.

Who Can Participate?

Public, private, or home-school students in the U.S., Canada, or American schools in the rest of the world enrolled in grades 7–12 (ages 13 and up) are eligible to participate in the Scholastic Awards.

How Do I Submit Works?

All guidelines can be found at: https://www.artandwriting.org/what-we-do/the-awards/how-to-enter/. There is no limit to the number of students who can participate, or the number of works submitted by any teacher or student to the Museum at:

  • Students and teachers must register at artandwriting.org.
  • Images of all works must be uploaded to the Online Registration System.
  • A copy of completed submission form with required signatures and fees or fee waiver forms must be mailed to:

Mississippi Museum of Art

Attn: Merry Barnes

380 South Lamar Street

Jackson, MS 39201

What are the Entry Fees?

$7.00 per individual entry

$25.00 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. Fee Waiver
forms must be attached to submission forms.

What are the Submission Guidelines?

There are a few changes to the categories this year! A full list of category descriptions can be found at https://www.artandwriting.org/what-we-do/the-awards/categories/

Submission Deadline

Please make special note of the submission deadline of Friday, December 11, 2020. If we have not received completed submission forms and payment or fee waivers postmarked by the deadline, the student’s work will not proceed to the adjudication process.

COVID-19 Resources

In order to support you, Scholastic is providing resources for students, parents and guardians, and educators as you continue learning and exploring your
creativity during this challenging time. Check them out at https://www.artandwriting.org/what-we-do/covid-19-resources/

Additional Questions?

Check out our FAQ for information about submitting, registration, uploading, and more.

We wish you the best of luck for the 2021 Scholastic Art Awards!


December 11, 2020: Deadline for submissions


View the List of 2019 Winners

View the 2019 Honorable Mention Online Exhibition


September 1, 2020: Program launch / submissions accepted
December 11, 2020: Deadline for submissions

January 15, 2021: Regional winners notified

January 19-31, 2021: Gold Key and Silver Key works delivered
to Museum for exhibition
February 16 - March 21, 2021: American Visions, Gold Key, and Silver works on view at the Mississippi Museum of Art; Honorable Mention works on view online
March 21, 2021: Ceremony for American Vision, Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention recipients, educators, and jurors. Exhibition will be taken down during the ceremony. (All work must be taken home immediately following the awards ceremony. MMA is not responsible for any work that is left behind).


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.