Calling All Writers: Scholastic Art and Writing Contest


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Attention writers, focus and otherwise! The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are once again hosting their teen art and writing contest, and all students from ages 13 to 18 are eligible to enter their literary and artistic works.

The contest has already opened submissions, and they’re being taken through January 6, 2020. A piece of writing may be submitted on the Scholastic Awards website after making an account. When submitting, keep in mind that while submissions should be electronically entered, a form must be printed out, signed by a parent, guardian, or teacher, and mailed in along with a $5 fee before the deadline.

Before you decide on which piece to submit, there are a few guidelines you need to be aware of. First off, you have to decide on a category. In writing, the list of categories includes critical essay, dramatic script, flash fiction, humor, journalism, novel writing, personal essay & memoir, poetry, science fiction & fantasy, short story, and writing portfolio. For art, the categories are architecture & industrial design, ceramics & glass, comic art, design, digital art, drawing & illustration, editorial cartoon, fashion, film & animation, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, video game design and art portfolio. Once you have selected a category, you should go on the Scholastic Awards website to check the specific guidelines for your category, as the rules vary.

If you’d like to submit a piece of art or writing, you have about three months left. This contest is a great way to get your art or writing recognized, or just an opportunity to get your art/writing out into the world!