Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Alliance for Young Artists & Writers


Classroom Guides

The Scholastic Awards partner with industry leaders to create free guides for facilitating discussions and critical-thinking activities in the classroom. We hope this will support you as you foster a lifelong appreciation of art and writing in your students. 

Call for Entries Poster 

Download the poster to share with colleagues, students, and parents.

The Best Teen Writing & Writing Guide

Download a free PDF of the annual anthology of student writing, The Best Teen Writing, and the accompanying Educator Guide, created in partnership with the National Writing Project

The Best Teen Art

Download a free PDF of The Best Teen Art, an annual anthology of student artwork. 

Discuss Current Events with Editorial Cartoons

Check out The Herblock Award for Editorial Cartoon scholarship page for resources on creating editorial cartoons that comment on or critique current events. 

Healing Through Creativity

Support teens through the difficult process of navigating grief and expressing emotions through creativity with Healing Through Creativity, an anthology and discussion guide. The anthology showcases a selection of inspiring original work addressing grief and bereavement from teens from across the country. Guides for writing and visual art educators offer lesson plans for reflecting on grief and loss through creativity. Check out the New York Life Award scholarship page for more grief and bereavement resources.

On Isolation: A Series of Poetry Prompts and Exercises on Growth, Healing, and Crisis

Explore poetry with prompts from recent National Student Poets with the PDF workbook, On Isolation. This guide was created by alumni of the National Student Poets Program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Climate Change and Creativity

Check out the One Earth Award scholarship page for resources on creating works of art and writing that address climate change.

Civic Engagement and Creativity

Check out the Civic Expression Award scholarship page for resources on creating works about social and political issues.

Writing Science Fiction & Fantasy

Check out the Ray Bradbury Award for Science Fiction & Fantasy for resources on writing original works in these genres.