National Writing Project


2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Call for Readers

November 20, 2017

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers invites National Writing Project sites to participate in judging for the 2018 Scholastic Awards during December 29, 2017-January 12, 2018. By having your Writing Project site participate in the judging process, you will help The Alliance recognize the most talented young writers from across the nation.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the largest, longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers. For more than 90 years, The Awards have provided educators with a unique opportunity to motivate and challenge students to become better writers. Some of our nation's most celebrated writers were first discovered by The Awards as teenagers, including Sylvia Plath, Joyce Carol Oates, and Truman Capote.

Students in grades 7–12 submit their works of visual art and creative writing to be reviewed by professionals to receive recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships.

The Writing Awards categories include:

  • Critical Essay
  • Dramatic Script
  • Flash Fiction
  • Humor
  • Journalism
  • Personal Essay / Memoir
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Poetry
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Short Story
  • Writing Portfolio

Benefits of Participating:

  • Earn a $2,000 honorarium for your Writing Project site.
  • Engage TCs in powerful continuity work.
  • Involve TCs in reflecting on qualities of outstanding student writing.
  • Experience a broad spectrum of writing from middle and high school students from around the country.
  • Receive inspiration for educational research and lesson plans for student writers.

Your Writing Project Site Will:

  • Appoint a staff member or volunteer to lead the project.
  • Recruit 15-20 readers to score student writing.
  • Each juror will be assigned a maximum of 110 works (10-15 hours or reading over a two-week period).

The Alliance Will Provide:

  • A $2,000 honorarium for the Writing Project site to be used at your discretion for purposes of administering the judging of Scholastic Awards submissions.
  • Training sessions on how to use the Digital Adjudication System.
  • Troubleshooting for readers who experience technical problems online.

How to Partner

If your Writing Project site is interested in participating, please contact Sazia Afrin, Associate Manager, at 212-343-6833 or by Monday, November 20, 2017. You do not need to have your readers selected by this date. Please feel free to email any questions you might have.

The Alliance looks forward to working with you to celebrate our nation's most talented teen writers!

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