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.
You may submit the same work you submit to us to other scholarship programs or contests or license it to others for non-exclusive publication. If you plan to submit work to another awards program or publication, review their rules first to confirm that they will not hold exclusive rights to your work. In the case that your work receives a Scholastic Art & Writing Award, it must be free to use in our publications or exhibitions under the non-exclusive license described in our participation terms.
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 Art & Writing Awards. In the case that your work receives an Award, it must be free to use in our publications or exhibitions under the non-exclusive license described in our participation terms.
All work submitted to the Awards must be original, meaning you create the work based on your own ideas. By submitting work to the Awards, you agree that you created it and did not copy it from any other person, business, school, or organization. Any work that infringes anyone’s intellectual property rights will be disqualified.
For more information about the Scholastic Art & Writing Award Copyright & Plagiarism policy, review the links below.
You don’t have to submit a separate consent form. However, you, not the Awards, are responsible for getting any necessary consents or releases from people or for any places or property depicted in your work. By submitting work to the Awards, you certify that the work is yours and does not infringe on anyone else’s intellectual property rights.
Overall, we have simplified the language of our terms to make them more accessible for students, parents and educators alike. Two main changes to our participation terms resulted as part of our annual review process which included feedback from staff, Affiliates, participants—both educators and students, as well as their families—jurors, alumni, sponsors, and more, to make thoughtful updates to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards:
- Students must be age 13 or older upon submission. Looking ahead to technological advances within the education and nonprofit fields and the important need to protect children in online settings, this change reflects our ongoing commitment to prioritizing student privacy and maintaining best practices within current industry standards.
- Submitting your original work to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards grants the Alliance with a non-exclusive license to use, copy, change, publish, publicly perform, distribute, exhibit, or add to your work. Previously, submission to the program granted a temporary, two-year exclusive right to the Alliance, however, the ways in which the Alliance recognizes, exhibits, and publishes student work haven’t changed. We are still committed to finding and presenting the next generation of great artists and writers and we continually strive to be a leader in protecting creators’ rights.
The Alliance is proud to promote the exceptional work of young artists to a wide audience of educators, students, program partners and the general public through exhibitions, special events, print and online publications, and social media. This includes the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Exhibition, displays at the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences in Washington, D.C., and the Art.Write.Now.Tour.
To do these things, we need permission from you. The non-exclusive license allows us to use, copy, change, publish, publicly perform, distribute, exhibit, or add to your work without further permission or approval from you as part of our mission to promote creative self-expression among young people. Students will always be notified if their work is shown in these special exhibitions and all displays or publications will attribute you to your work. This non-exclusive license also means that you can submit the same work you submit to us to other scholarship programs or contests, keep the work in your portfolio, and license it to others for non-exclusive publication.