Even when works are created independently, students are required to enter their day school and have their submission forms signed by someone at school. The person who signs the form can be an educator or a guidance counselor at school who is familiar with the student’s work. The signature indicates that this instructor has reviewed the work and can attest to the originality and authenticity of the work.
Submission forms are generated through your Scholastic Awards account. The forms will be generated after all profile information has been entered and work has been uploaded. Signed forms must be mailed. We don’t accept submission forms via email or fax.
$5.00 per individual submission and $20.00 per portfolio submission.
Fee Waiver Forms are available to students for whom fees are a barrier to participation. Complete the form and submit it with your submission form.
Students submit works to an Affiliate Partner who manages the Scholastic Awards program in their region. To find your Affiliate Partner, visit the Guidelines & Deadlines page. Gold Key awarded works will automatically advance to national judging.
No, students and educators can no longer edit works online after the submission deadline.
Collaborative submissions are accepted in the following categories only: Film & Animation and Video Games. Up to 5 collaborators can be added per submission.
All collaborators must meet all eligibility criteria (in grades 7–12 and enrolled in public, private, parochial, home school, or other educational program in the U.S., U.S. territories, Canada, and American Schools abroad).
One team member creates an account, uploads the work, and lists all collaborators. Collaborators who are not listed will not be recognized.
If the submission receives a Scholastic Award, each collaborator will receive individual certificates and medals.
While there are no size limitations for art submissions, oversized works may not be displayed at regional and national exhibitions.
Uploaded images should have a print resolution of 300dpi and the file size should be around 3MB–5MB. If you are unable to provide your file at “Excellent” print quality then upload the best quality you have.
Submission deadlines range from December to January and vary by region. To find your regional deadline, visit the Guidelines & Deadlines page.
I mailed my submission form and then made changes to information about my work online. Should I resend the form?
No, there is no need to resend your submission form.
To tag a work, click on the text field in the “Tag your work” section of the work upload process. Type in a word that represents your work and press enter to add it as a tag. If your preferred tags don’t appear in the suggestions drop-down menu, you can continue to type your tag words. Five tags are allowed per work.
To change a tag you’ve added, click one of the tag “balloons” that appear at the top of the section to remove it, type in a new tag, and press enter.
Follow these four steps to include a novel in your portfolio:
- Upload your novel excerpt in the Short Story category.
- Include the words “NOVEL EXCERPT” in the title of the work.
- Save and return to your dashboard and check the box for “I plan to submit this work as part of a portfolio only.”
- Add the new Short Story submission to your writing portfolio.
These instructions are only if you want to include your novel in your portfolio. You must upload your novel in the Novel category if you want it to be judged individually, as well.
Can I submit more than one work, submit works to more than one category, or submit both art and writing?
Generally there is no limit to number of submissions for any categories, with the exception of Photography and Portfolio. Each student is allowed to submit 16 works in the Photography category, and two art and two writing portfolios. The Portfolio category is open to 12th graders only.
Students may submit different works to multiple categories, but are not allowed to submit the same work to more than one category. Submission deadlines may vary for art and writing in each region.
Please visit your regional webpage for specific guidelines and deadlines.
Can a portfolio submission include a variety of media (paintings, photographs, video clips) or genre (poetry, short story, personal essay)?
Portfolio submissions consist of eight works that can come from one category or any combination of multiple categories. Students may submit two art portfolios and two writing portfolios, but all works must be unique and the same work cannot be submitted in both portfolios.
Video Game Design and Future New works cannot be included in art portfolio submissions.
Novels can be included in writing portfolios, but students must follow special instructions in order to add them to portfolios.
Yes, word limits vary depending on the category. If your work exceeds the word limit of a category, please submit a shortened version of the work to the Scholastic Awards.
Yes, students may submit to both portfolio and individual categories. Remember to indicate on your dashboard if a work should be considered portfolio only, or as both a portfolio and individual submission.
If I created my work with two different media (e.g., pencil and paint), is that considered mixed media?
No, mixed media consists of collage or assemblage where materials protrude from the 2D plane. A work done with two different media should be classified by the dominant media. For example, a drawing completed mostly in pencil with some painted elements should be submitted in the Drawing & Illustration category.
Students should submit works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal vision or voice. Please read the category descriptions for specific portfolio submission criteria.
Previously awarded works can be re-submitted only as part of a portfolio. Works that did not earn a Regional or National Award in previous years may be re-submitted to individual categories if they have been edited significantly.
If you plan to submit work to another awards program or publication, review their rules first to confirm that they are willing to share rights and will not hold exclusive rights to your work. In the case that your work receives a Scholastic Award, it must be free to use in our publications or exhibitions.
If your work has been previously published, exhibited, or recognized by another program, confirm that they do not hold exclusive rights to your work before submitting it to the Scholastic Awards. In the case that your work receives a Scholastic Award, it must be free to use in our publications or exhibitions.
You are responsible for getting consent from individuals who are recognizable in your work. By signing the submission form, you indicate you have their permission. You don’t have to submit a separate form.