Even when works are created independently, students are required to enter their day school and have their submission forms signed by an educator. The person who signs the form can be any teacher or guidance counselor who is familiar with the student’s work. The signature indicates that this educator has reviewed the work and can attest to the originality and authenticity of the work.
Submission forms will be generated through your Scholastic Art & Writing Awards account after all profile information has been entered and work has been uploaded. Signed forms must be submitted following the directions on the form or form submission page. Submission form instructions may vary from region to region.
Effective September 12, 2019, submission fees are $7.00 per individual submission and $25.00 per portfolio submission.
The Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and its Affiliate Partners. Submission fees support both your local Affiliate and the Alliance to cover the cost of processing, customer service, scholarships, ceremonies, exhibitions, publications, and other general operating costs.
If the submission fee is a barrier to your participation in the Awards, we will waive the submission fee when you submit a Fee Waiver Form. In your account, go to the payment page and check the box indicating you will be submitting a Fee Waiver. A link to a Fee Waiver Form will appear. Complete the form and submit it with your submission form. A parent or guardian must sign the form certifying in good faith that the submission fee presents a barrier to participation.
Submission forms received without payment or the Fee Waiver Form will be considered incomplete and may be disqualified. Some policies may vary by region; visit artandwriting.org/guidelines-deadlines to find your region.
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and its Affiliates will waive the submission fee if it presents a significant barrier to participation and if the student submits a Fee Waiver Form. Each student and their family should make this determination for themselves.
Fee Waiver Forms are individual, and we do not accept blanket Fee Waiver Forms for schools or classrooms.
A parent or guardian must sign the Fee Waiver form certifying in good faith that the submission fee presents a barrier to participation. Educators are not required to sign this form.
Some policies may vary by region; visit artandwriting.org/guidelines-deadlines to find your region.
Students submit works to an Affiliate Partner who manages the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program in their region. Students are assigned to a region based on your school’s zip code. You may have a different Affiliate Partner for art submissions than for writing submissions.
To find your Affiliate Partner, visit the Guidelines & Deadlines page.
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 (see Participation Terms).
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 an Award, each collaborator will receive individual certificates and medals.
While there are no size limitations for art submissions, regional and national exhibitions may not be able to exhibit oversized works. Check your local Guidelines & Deadlines for exhibition requirements.
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.
Each tag should be one word describing the themes behind your work (i.e. family, nature, joy, grief). Please do not add tags of categories or materials.