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This is our FAVORITE contest, and we win the most awards! Let's keep the legacy alive by sending lots of great work this year. 

What to submit?

Your best classwork going all the way back to January 2016

Your Out of the Blue Artwork

Your 3D: Height, Width, Depth Artwork

Your AP Artwork from this year or last year

Your artwork from summer programs and other art programs

All the best photos taken in class or in your phone

and Seniors may submit portfolios of work


Art Categories 

Architecture & Industrial Design
Ceramics & Glass
Comic Art
Digital Art
Drawing & Illustration
Editorial Cartoon
Film & Animation
Mixed Media
Video Games
Art Portfolio (graduating seniors only)


Writing CategoriesCritical Essay
Dramatic Script
Flash Fiction
Novel Writing
Personal Essay & Memoir
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Short Story
Writing Portfolio (graduating seniors only)



Future New

ALL ARTWORK AND WRITING DUE Dec 13, 2016 [This is the same times as finals, so you must not wait until the last minute, or your teachers will be too busy with grades to help you if you have procrastinated. Do as much as you can prior to finals!]


Please plan ahead and make your account, photograph your work, edit photos (or writing), upload the files, and get your fee waiver request in by Dec 9. Each entry has a form that must be signed by you, the teacher, and your parents, which is mailed in to Scholastic. That must be delivered to your art teacher by 12/13/16.



Steps to Enter

1. Sign Up
Create an account at artandwriting.org/login to begin submitting your work to the 2017 Scholastic Awards.

2. Create and Upload Your Work
The Scholastic Awards look for work that demonstrates technical skill, personal voice or vision, and originality. After you have created your work, you can upload it to your Scholastic Awards Account. Once you have logged in, follow the instructions to upload all of your submissions into the system. Every category has specific requirements so please read the Guidelines and Category Descriptions carefully. Note that you will need your educator's email address.

3. Send in the Required Forms
After uploading your work, print your submission forms and have a parent/guardian and an educator sign them. Specific Form and Submission Fee requirements and instructions can be found below. Please carefully read through the instructions as you go through the registration process.

Submission Fee [see fee waiver info]

$5.00 per individual submission and $20.00 per portfolio submission.

Fee Waiver [As a Title 1 school, we send all of our applications under a fee waiver] 

Students for whom submission fees would be a barrier to participation may request a fee waiver.  We will send a letter that covers all of our students. To have your name on the letter, please click here and fill out the short form here (please fill out once only, and fill out prior to 12/12/16): 


Image Requirements

Digital Image Requirements

  • Artwork must be submitted as a digital file in JPG, GIF, or PNG format (PSD, BMP, PDF, RAW, or TIF files are not accepted).
  • Print dimensions must be at least 5” x 7” or approximately 13 x 18 centimeters, and image resolution must be 300 dpi.
  • 3-D submissions may include up to 4 images. Please include a ruler or object for reference to indicate scale in at least one of the images.
  • Submissions allowing for video uploads must be .mp4, .mov, .wmv, .avi, .mpg, or .mpeg files.
  • Video Game submissions must be .exe, .zip, .rar, or .swf files, must also include a 250-500 word gameplay summary in the provided text editor, and a gameplay video.


  • Gold Medal Portfolio: 16 high school seniors receive the program’s highest national honor, the Gold Medal Portfolio, which includes a $10,000 scholarship for their writing or artwork portfolio.
  • The New York Life Award sponsored by the New York Life Foundation to recognize teens exploring issues of grief and bereavement in their creative work and providing six young artists and writers with $1,000 scholarships;
  • The Herblock Award for Editorial Cartoon sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation to provide three young artists with $1,000 scholarships for their outstanding editorial cartoons.
  • The RBC “Flaunt It” Award sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada to provide two $1,000 scholarships to students whose work showcases and celebrates individual differences.
  • The Gedenk Award for Tolerance provides six $1,000 scholarships to students whose work attempts to raise awareness of the importance of increasing tolerance in the world today.
  • The Neiman Marcus Award for Fashion and The Neiman Marcus Award for Jewelryprovides one artist in each category with $1,000 scholarships.

HOW TO ENTER the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards:

  • Students in grades 7–12 in the U.S. and its territories, as well as American schools abroad, are invited to submit creative and original work in any of the Awards’ 29 art and writing categories, including architecture, painting, flash fiction, poetryprintmaking and video game design.
  • All works are evaluated through blind adjudication first on a regional level by more than 100 local affiliates of the Alliance and then nationally by an impressive panel of creative-industry experts. This past year’s group of distinguished jurors included graphic novelist Art Spiegelman; authors Elissa Schappell, Daniel José Older, and Naomi Jackson; artist Mickalene Thomas; and film producer Michael Raisler.
  • At each level of judging, all works are selected to move on to the next stage based on the same criteria that have represented the program since its founding in 1923: originality, technical skill, and emergence of personal vision or voice.
  • Deadlines for submission vary by region throughout the winter months, with National Medalists announced in March 2016. More information is available at http://www.artandwriting.org/guidelines.

2016-17 TIMELINE:

  • Winter 2016Regional recipients are announced. Gold Key, Silver Key, Honorable Mention, and American Visions & Voices Nomination are honored locally through community ceremonies and exhibitions. All Gold Key recipients are considered for the next round of national awards and honors.
  • March 2017National Recipients & Sponsored Awards announced.
  • June 2017National Gold Medal Portfolio and Gold Medalists are honored at Carnegie Hall with their families and educators. Last year’s ceremony included special appearances by Alec Baldwin, Ken Burns, Billy Collins, Tim Gunn and Sonia Manzano.
  • Summer 2017: Selected 2017 National Medalists’ works will be highlighted in the Art.Write.Now.Tour, a traveling exhibition publicly displaying award-winning, teen-produced art and writing. Writing recipients may have their work published in The Best Teen Writing 2017, an anthology showcasing stories, essays and poetry of teen authors. The 2016 edition is available at http://artandwriting.org/publications.


  • For 94 years, the Awards, presented by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, have identified the early promise of some of our nation’s most accomplished visionaries and encouraged young artists and writers to pursue a variety of creative career paths and endeavors. In the 2016 program year, a record-breaking 320,000 works were submitted for adjudication at the regional level, with more than 2,500 public, private and home-schooled students receiving national recognition. Each year, exhibition, publication and scholarship opportunities are made available to students honored through the program for their creative work in 29 categories, with opportunities expanding each year.

Sun, Jan 15: Los Angeles, California, Otis College of Art and Design
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm 


Alberta College of Art + Design
Art Center College of Design
CalArts (California Institute of the Arts)
California College of the Arts
Cleveland Institute of Art
College for Creative Studies
Columbus College of Art & Design
Cooper Union School of Art
Cornish College of the Arts
Emily Carr University of Art + Design 
Fashion Institute of Technology
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Kansas City Art Institute
Laguna College of Art + Design
Lesley University College of Art and Design
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
Maryland Institute College of Art
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
New York School of Interior Design
Oregon College of Art and Craft
Otis College of Art and Design
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Paris College of Art
Parsons School of Design
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
PrattMWP College of Art and Design
Rhode Island School of Design
Ringling College of Art and Design
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
San Francisco Art Institute
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of Visual Arts
SMFA at Tufts University
Syracuse University, College of Visual & Performing Arts
University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design
University of the Arts
Washington University in St. Louis
Woodbury University


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Ms McManus

Ms McManus is an artist and an educator. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting from San Francisco Art Institute, Teaching Credentials from University of California, Irvine,  and a Master of Fine Arts  from California State University Long Beach where she was honored on The Dean's List. She has exhibited her paintings widely in the Los Angeles area. She holds National Board Certification in Early and Young Adult Art, and has been an arts educator for over 22 years. In 2013 she was awarded the Otis College of Art and Design Teacher of the Year Award. In 2016 she was awarded The Herbert D Ryman Mentor Award.  


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