Getting Started

Getting Started

Who can participate in the Scholastic Awards?

To participate in the Awards, you must be a student in grades 7–12, age 13 years or older, and (a) residing in the United States, U.S. territories, or Canada, or (b) enrolled in an accredited American School in the rest of the world.

Work created in the spring semester of 2018 is eligible for submission, so long as the student hasn’t graduated. Students should submit in their current grade level. Seniors who will graduate mid-term in December 2018 may participate and submit as grade level 12.

How do I submit my work?

To submit your work, follow 5 easy steps:

  1. Create an account on
  2. Upload your work.
  3. Sign the submission form.
  4. Pay your submission fee, or obtain a fee waiver.
  5. Mail or upload your submission form.

Deadlines vary by region. To find your region’s deadline, go to You may have a different deadline for art and writing submissions.

For additional instructions, visit the How to Enter page.

How do I apply for a Special Achievement Award?

The submission process for Special Achievement Awards is the same as for regular submissions. In the student’s Awards account, there is a step in the work upload process titled Special Awards. Here, the student can click a checkbox indicating which Special Achievement Award they want their work to be considered for, and add a short explanation of why they are applying (50 words minimum). The submission deadline for Special Achievement Awards is the same as the deadline in your region.

What information will I need to create an account?

To create your account you’ll need:

  • Your Name
  • Your Grade
  • School Zip Code
  • A Valid Email Address

To complete your profile, we’ll ask for:

  • Home Mailing Address
  • Phone Number
  • Parent/Guardian Name and Email
  • Date of Birth

We’ll also ask for some additional information, but these fields are not required.

Are educators required to create an account?

We strongly encourage all educators to create a Scholastic Art & Writing Awards account, though they are not required to do so. Educators with accounts have the ability to create, edit, view, and monitor the submission progress of their students online.

We also use Educator accounts to distribute Awards materials, such as certificates, to the educators of National Medalists. You may add a personal address to your Educator account, and we will mail your certificate to this address. If you do not include a personal address, we will send any materials to the school address that is linked to your account.

Educators of National Medalists will not be able to reserve National Ceremony tickets or receive their educator award if they do not have an account.

Can a student submit work without an educator present?

Yes, students can create a profile and upload work on their own as long as they have their educator’s full name and email address. After uploading work online, students must print their submission forms and have an educator and a parent review and sign the forms.

How should I select my school if I am enrolled in an online, virtual school, or other distance learning program?

Students enrolled in online, virtual schools, or other distance learning programs, should add the school to their profile just as they would add any other school. If your primary school is a distance learning program, you will be assigned a region based on your home zip code instead of your school zip code. This is because we want students to be recognized first in their local communities.

What is a Distance Learning Program?

When a student is enrolled at a school but is not required to be physically present to complete their education, we refer to that school as a Distance Learning Program. Examples of Distance Learning Programs include virtual or online schools and home school networks.

Participation in the Awards begins at the regional level with recognition in your local community. Students are automatically assigned to a region based on the location of their primary school. If your school is a Distance Learning Program, then you will be assigned to a region based on your home address in your profile.

Other Educational Programs (OEP) and residence programs like boarding schools are not marked as Distance Learning Programs.

If you believe that you have been assigned to the wrong region, please contact us at

Why is a valid email address required for participation in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards?

The Awards will email you important information regarding submission deadlines, award notifications, and additional opportunities. Be sure to enter an email address you check frequently.

My school isn’t on the list. What do I do?

Search for your school by typing in the school’s zip code into the search field. If the school doesn’t appear on the drop down menu, click “Can’t find school click here” at the bottom of the menu.

Enter your school information into the form that appears on your screen. When you are finished, click the “CREATE” button. The system will search for your school once more. If you don’t see it in the final list, click the option to add the new school you entered. Please allow 2 to 3 business days for the request to be processed.

Can international students apply?

Students in Canada, a U.S. territory, or a U.S. accredited American School in the rest of the world may submit work to the Awards. Foreign exchange students who are temporarily residing in the U.S. may participate if they are attending an American school.

I have an account, but can’t remember my email or password. What do I do?

If you forget your password, click on the “Forgot Password” link on the login page.

The account login is always an email address. If your primary email address does not allow you to retrieve your password, please email us for assistance at

Is there a specific theme students have to address?

Young artists and writers are free to explore any and all topics. There are no pre-defined prompts and no work is ever disqualified from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards because of the nature of its content. Some Special Achievement Awards are presented to students whose work fits a particular theme.

I created my work at a program outside of school. Should I enter the school I attend or the program where my work was created?

Students are required to create an account linking their day school and will be able to add one out of school program as an Other Educational Program (OEP) when entering works. The Awards are not in a position to determine what constitutes an OEP because many of the educational spaces in which students are creating work outside of school are not easily defined.

In our exhibitions, publications, and notifications, we focus on highlighting students’ demographic information (grade, age, city, and state) along with their school. OEP names will not be listed, but educators from the OEP will still be listed if that is what the student has requested.