Fight for the Write to Art

Warning: this article revolves around writing and creating art for fun. If you have an aversion to the world of expression, you are urged not to read any further. (Or do; it’s good publicity if you continue.)

Now that that’s covered – Hey UD! Students in grades 7-12 who have a deep (or surface-level, whatever makes you happy) interest in the fields of art and writing should take notice of a coincidental opportunity: The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, a competition in which you can show off your creative abilities.

According to Jill Axelrod, a senior and past winner, “The Scholastic Awards are such a great opportunity for students of all ages, abilities, and interests in art and writing.”

It is a brand new school year and the 2016 submissions are open. Now, let’s get one thing straight: you do not have to be a certain kind of writer or artist to apply, as they have a choice of 29 different categories in which you can explore– Fashion, Video Games, Flash Fiction, and Journalism, just to name a few. For all you poets out there, you have the option of entering five poems in one submission. Seniors can create portfolios. The competition also has a number of sponsored awards, publications, and scholarships for which you are welcome to register. Yes people: real money is up for grabs here.

In the words of the website, “Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision” (Scholastic Art and Writing Awards). With just a click of a button, this achievement could be yours. In the Philadelphia area, the deadline for both writing and art submissions is December 11, 2015. To enter, all you need is a teacher sponsor and a mailed-in check of $5. Be sure to check out for more information.

“[The judges] look for what is not normal,” Jill notes, “and all of us have thoughts and feelings that are unique.” Well said, Jill. Well said.

Once submitted, you have the potential to collect what are called (gold or silver) keys, which are similar to medals, and with these you can attend a ceremony in the spring. Some of you might even move on to win national titles! With a submission, the possibilities are endless and, in some cases, just around the corner (school hallway?). That’s right; in a few weeks, seniors Shoshi Israel and Nick Wrigley will be hosting an enhancement to help students prepare for entry in a variety of competitions, Scholastic included. If you have any interest, it is recommended that you sign up.

That was my part; now, it’s your turn to create. With that, I wish you luck in your endeavors and look forward to seeing your names in cardinal gold.

(Why are you still reading this? Art and writing await; off you go!)


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