The 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: Writing Award

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The 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: Writing Award




Get your sketchbooks, notepads, easels, and pens ready because it’s almost time to enter your masterpiece for the opportunity to receive recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships! With 29 categories of art and writing, there’s a place for whatever you create. From paintings to poetry, comic art to critical essay, the Scholastic Awards have many opportunities for you to share your vision and have your voice heard.

Last year we received more than 320,000 submissions from talented students across the country and provided access to more than $10 million in scholarships. Since 1923, the Scholastic Awards have recognized the exceptional vision of our nation’s talented teens.

So what are you waiting for? Join the ranks of alumni like Sylvia Plath, Andy Warhol, Lena Dunham, Robert Redford, Ken Burns, Kay WalkingStick, Zac Posen, Paul Chan, and many more. You can start your submission process in three easy steps:


1. Sign Up
Create an account at 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
Submission fees are $5.00 for each entry submission (not $5.00 per person) and $20 per portfolio submission.

Payment can be made online at once work is uploaded and ready for submission.

If you are unable to pay online, payment by check is also accepted. Amounts for multiple submissions may be combined into a single check.

If you are a teacher working with several students, please do one of the following:
*Collect all of your student’s money and send one check for the total amount, or
*Collect all of the student’s money and make a roster matching the check or money payment for each student submission. Please be sure that the student’s name is listed in the subject line of the check.

Please note that purchase orders are accepted.

Please make checks payable to Belin-Blank Center and mail to:
Belin-Blank Center
600 Blank Honors Center
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-0454

The online submission deadline is Thursday, December 15. Signed submission forms and fees MUST be received in our office on or before Friday, December 16.

Fee Waiver
Students for whom submission fees would be a barrier to participation may request a fee waiver. Please have a parent or guardian sign the Fee Waiver Form. Include the fee waiver form when you mail your signed submission form(s) to complete your registration.

Shipping & Drop-off
Jan Warren
600 Blank Honors Center
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-0454

Mailing Address
Mail submission forms to:
Belin-Blank Center
600 Blank Honors Center
Iowa City, IA 52242-0454

Fees may be paid online at

Novel Writing Submissions
New this year, novel submissions are processed the same as all other submissions. Forms and payments come to the Belin-Blank Center and no physical manuscript is required.

Regional Award-winning students and their teachers will receive notification after the adjudication process is completed in early February. To view results online, visit the Belin-Blank Center at

Saturday, March 11, 2017
Iowa Memorial Union
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

Check out last year’s ceremony on our art & writing blog.

A selective, limited exhibition will take place on March 11, 2017. We will also have a digital exhibition online at


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