What is the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers?

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission to identify teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and bring their remarkable work to a national audience through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Alliance provides opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 Affiliate Partners across the country to bring the program to local communities. Teens in grades 7–12, age 13 or older at the time of submission, can apply in 29 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.

What are the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards?

Established in 1923 and presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s largest, longest-running, most prestigious visual and literary arts program recognizing creative accomplishments of students in grades 7–12. It is a symbol of excellence that can bolster resumes, college applications, and scholarship applications. Selected works will be featured in the National Catalog, The Best Teen Writing anthology, and the Art.Write.Now. exhibition program.

The Awards distribute more than a quarter of a million dollars annually in direct scholarships and awards to National Medalists. Our Scholarship Partner network of more than 40 colleges and universities offers additional millions in scholarships to graduating seniors who receive awards.

What are Affiliate Partners?

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented in local communities by our Affiliate Partners, a dedicated network of more than 100 organizations across the country. Affiliate Partners support educators, students, and parents when submitting work; organize local judging by professional artists and writers; recognize students at public ceremonies; and showcase awarded work through exhibitions, publications, and readings. Affiliate Partners also submit their Gold Key works for consideration at the national level.

What is the Region-at-Large program?

Students who live in areas that do not have an Affiliate Partner can participate in the Awards at the regional level through Region-at-Large. They have the same opportunity to earn Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention Awards, as well as have their works advance to the national level; however, there are no local ceremonies or exhibitions.

What is the National Student Poets Program?

The National Student Poets Program is the nation’s highest honor for youth poets presenting original work. It is a collaboration of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Each year, the Program selects five high school poets whose work exhibits exceptional creativity, dedication to craft, and promise for a year of service as national poetry ambassadors. Each National Student Poet represents one of five regions of the country and receives an academic award of $5,000. The Poets’ appointment events are hosted in cooperation with the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and held in conjunction with the National Book Festival.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the exclusive pathway to be considered for the National Student Poets Program. Students must receive a National Medal in poetry through blind adjudication by a panel of distinguished jurors. From the top-awarded works, a national jury of literary luminaries and leaders in education and the arts selects five student poets, based on the student’s creativity, promise, and dedication to craft. To learn more, visit

Are there opportunities for Alumni of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards?

Yes! Join our Alumni LinkedIn Group and visit our Alumni Resources page to find opportunities for Alumni, including Alumni Microgrants and A Suite of One’s Own Writers-in Residency at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.

My work received a Scholastic Art & Writing Award and now another organization wants to publish it. How do I reference my award?

Students retain any intellectual property rights they have in their works, including copyright, when submitting works to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. This means, for example, you may license work that receives an Award to others for non-exclusive publication.

When attributing works that received a Scholastic Art & Writing Award, please reference the Award using the following format.

[Award], [Year] Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

For example

Gold Key, 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

If your work is published and lists your award, please send the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers a copy of the publication, or a link to the work online, for our archives.

Physical copies can be mailed to:

Alliance for Young Artists & Writers
557 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

Or email

I saw a piece of student work that I’d like to buy. Can you send me the student’s contact information or contact them on my behalf?

The Alliance does not participate in the sale of student works, nor are we able to give out student contact information.