Message Regarding COVID-19

Over the past few weeks, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers has been in close communication with our partners in New York City regarding National Events in June and the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Following the guidance of local government and health officials, Carnegie Hall has announced the cancellation of their calendar of events through July 25, which includes our National Ceremony on June 4.

While we know this is disappointing for our 2020 National Medalists, the health and safety of our students, families, educators, and partners is the top priority for us all. We support Carnegie Hall’s decision and have had to make similar difficult decisions. With students’ well-being in mind, all National Events, including Maker Prom, the National Exhibition, and the Affiliate Leadership Conference are also canceled.

We are already making plans for a virtual celebration of the incredibly talented teens of 2020, and we look forward to sharing more information as it becomes available. We invite this year’s National Medalists, along with their educators, their families, and the broader Scholastic Awards community, to continue to save the date of June 4, 2020 for our virtual celebration.

For continued updates, including answers to frequently asked questions that may arise due to these cancellations, please visit as well as following us on social media @artandwriting.

Last updated on April 2, 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate in the virtual celebration on June 4?

We invite this year’s National Medalists, along with their educators, their families, and the broader Scholastic Awards community, to join us online for a virtual celebration!

Watch it live on June 4, 2020 at 6:00 pm EST at

Do I still need to reserve tickets?

Tickets are not required for the virtual celebration.

What happens to my artwork?

Art intake for the National Exhibition is temporarily suspended. Please do NOT ship artwork for the exhibition at this time. Artwork that has already been shipped will be safely stored.

While the National Exhibition in June is canceled, the 2020-21 Art.Write.Now.Tour will continue as planned, and we are exploring additional ways to showcase student work.

What happens to my hotel reservation?

If you made a reservation at The Roosevelt Hotel using the Scholastic Awards group discount, then your reservation will be automatically canceled.

How will I get my National Medal?

We’ll send your medal to you in the mail over the summer! Please confirm the mailing address in your account at by May 8, 2020.

You’ll also receive a copy of the Yearbook 2020, which features the names of all National Medalists, and a copy of either The Best Teen Art or The Best Teen Writing, depending on the category of your award.

Do you still need the release form?

All National Medalists must still submit a signed release form for each work that received a National Medal. If you haven’t submitted your form yet, please email it to us as soon as possible at Log into your account at to access the form.

I missed the deadline to upload media, can I still upload files?

Yes! Please upload your video clips, audio files, and photo portrait in your account as soon as possible. Although the deadline to upload media has passed, we are still looking for video clips that capture your excitement about receiving a Scholastic Award to share on social media.

Please note that portraits and audio clips that were uploaded after April 1 may not appear in the Online Galleries at until later in the year.