We regretfully inform you that the 2020 Harris County Department of Education Regional Scholastic Awards Art and Writing Ceremonies for Silver and Gold Key winners have been canceled amidst growing concerns about protecting students, their families, and educators from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus that causes the disease called COVID-19. The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the nonprofit organization that presents the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, is also committed to protecting the health and safety of its award winners, their families, and educators.

Both the Alliance and Harris County Department Of Education understand the intrinsic value of publicly acknowledging and celebrating the exceptional talent of this year's Silver and Gold Key winners.

Congratulations on your success in the 2020 Scholastic Awards! 

Hopefully, it will be of some consolation to know that celebratory digital experiences to honor your accomplishments is being developed to replace the in-person ceremonies. More information to come. 

Lastly, please note the Silver and Gold Keys distribution and art pickup is put on hold until further notice. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.

Please check back regularly on our microsite for updates:

If you have questions, please email Andrea Segraves at


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Regional Award recipients

National Award Recipients

How it Works

Each fall, entries are judged by panels of highly-qualified professionals who select Gol Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention 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 and Joyce Carol Oates.

Students should create accounts at and upload their works through the national site.

For more information about entering, judging and supporting the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards contact:

Andrea Segraves
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Regional Coordinator



Awards Information