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.