How to Enter

How do I enter work in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards?

Get started early!

Entries are only open from September through December or January (deadlines vary by region), but it is never too early to get started! Students, save the work you’re creating over the spring and summer (even if you’re creating from home) and check out our scholarship opportunities for more inspiration as you get started. Educators, check out our educator resources to help your students prepare for the upcoming Awards season.

For more on getting started, check out our summer tips and tricks!

Sign up!

Entries open for the 2021 Awards on September 1, 2020. On this date, students can create an account to upload their work. If you are an educator, create your account on September 1, 2020, to register your students. Entry deadlines vary by region, but fall in December and January. Check here on September 1 to find your region’s deadline.


The Scholastic Awards look for work that demonstrates originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. After you have created your work, upload it to your Scholastic Awards Account! Visit our online galleries and publications to see examples of works from past National Medalists. Be sure to visit our copyright and plagiarism FAQ to learn more about submitting original works.

Complete your entry!

After uploading your work, print your entry form, have a parent or guardian sign it, and then send your signed entry form and payment or fee waiver to your regional program. Entry form and payment instructions can be found on the entry form or on your regional program’s website.

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What else do I need to know?


To participate in the Awards, you must be a student in grades 7–12, age 13 years or older, and residing in the United States, U.S. territories or military bases, or Canada.

Category Descriptions

For a full list of category descriptions, click HERE.

Blind Judging

The Scholastic Awards are adjudicated without knowledge of the artists; or writers’ identity. Please make sure that your entry does not contain any personal information.

Freedom of Expression

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 Awards because of the nature of its content.

Judging Criteria


Work that breaks from convention, blurs the boundaries between genres, and challenges notions of how a particular concept or emotion can be expressed.

Technical Skill

Work that uses technique to advance an original perspective or a personal vision or voice, and shows skills being utilized to create something unique, powerful, and innovative.

Emergence of a Personal Voice or Vision

Work with an authentic and unique point of view and style.