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The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are now accepting submissions

November 29, 2017 - Points of Pride

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is open for online submissions. Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) invites all aspiring teen artists and writers to submit work. Deadline for online submissions to the Hillsborough County region is December 14, at 11:59 p.m.  

Online registration is required, and there is a small fee for entries. However, if this poses a financial hardship, parents may complete a fee waiver form available on the regional website.



HCPS is a regional affiliate of these awards and is proud to offer this opportunity to 7-12 grade students enrolled in public, private, charter, virtual or home schools in our county. Students can submit creative works in 28 categories, ranging from comic art to photography, flash fiction to poetry, video game design to novel writing, and more.

All works are digitally evaluated first on the regional level through a blind judging process based on originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal vision or voice—the same three criteria since the program's founding in 1923. Opportunities for recognition continue when regional gold key award winning works are adjudicated again by a panel of leading creative professionals on the national level.

All students who receive Scholastic Art & Writing Awards walk in the footsteps of notable Awards alumni who have gone on to become leaders in their fields including Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon and Sylvia Plath, all of whom received Scholastic Awards when they were teens.

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program, and become a part of our community—young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets and sculptors, video game artists and science fiction writers, along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process. To learn more about the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards


WHAT: Celebrating 95 years of creativity through art and writing, Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards is the nation’s biggest and most renowned recognition opportunity for creative teens. With scholarship and prize opportunities, the emerging writers and artists of our nation’s future get the opportunity to shine. Students have a large variety of writing and art submission categories to choose from.

WHO: 7-12 grade students

WHEN: Create a secure account and upload submissions at by December 14, 2017.

WHERE: All art and writing submissions are done online, followed by signed submission form mailed to the appropriate supervisor below. For more information, see our Regional Affiliate page at: Art (Erin Saladino, Art Ed Supervisor) Writing (Elizabeth Brown, High School English Supervisor)

LOCAL RECOGNITION: Reception of accepted pieces will be graciously hosted at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, followed by an awards ceremony at the Falk Theatre, The University of Tampa campus. Winning art and writing pieces will be on exhibition at the Scarfone/Hartley March 23 through April 4 for public viewing.

NATIONAL RECOGNITION: Gold Key regional awards will be automatically judged for National awards. National winners will be provided funding towards a trip to attend the National Art & Writing Awards Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City in early June 2018, courtesy of our financial supporters.

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