The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were founded in 1923 and, for nearly a century, have inspired bold ideas in creative teens throughout the country. HCDE has proudly served as a regional sponsor for The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards since 1993.
Established by Maurice Robinson, founder of Scholastic Books Inc., it is the largest and most prestigious recognition program and source of scholarships for creative teens in the U.S.
Each fall, area schools and districts submit students’ best artwork and writing to compete at the regional level. Entries are judged by panels of highly-qualified professionals who select Gold Key and Silver Key recipients. Gold Key winners go on to compete at the national level. More than 1,500 students receive national awards each year.
Past winners include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates and Amanda Gorman, who made international headlines by becoming the youngest known U.S. presidential inaugural poet at the age of 22.
To begin, Students should create accounts at https://ors.artandwriting.org/Login and upload their works through the national site.
Check out these additional sites and catalogs for more information:
- Videos Featuring previous award recipients
- Art Catalog
- Writing Catalog
- National Catalog
For more information about entering, judging and supporting the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards contact:
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Regional Coordinator
Previous Award Recipient Artwork
American Voices and American Visions
About American Voices and American Visions: Five works of art and five writing pieces are selected as best of show from approximately 9,000 Harris County Department of Education regional entries in the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Each American Visions and American Voices nominee receives a cash award of $250 from HCDE. From the pool of five, a panel of jurors in New York City selects one artist from each of Scholastic’s 100 regional affiliates to receive an American Visions Medal. These medalists from throughout the nation are celebrated during national events and exhibits in New York City (specific date/time/location to be determined).
Selection Process: Five works of writing and five works of art from each region are selected by local judges as American Voices & Visions nominees, who are then celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies. From the pool of nominees, a panel of jurors in New York City selects one writer and one artist from each region to receive an American Voices Medal or an American Visions Medal, a non-financial highest regional honor. These Medalists are celebrated during National Events and at the National Exhibition in New York City.