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my-walls-hide-my-secrets asked: How can i submit my work ?

Hi there! Submissions for the 2015 Scholastic Awards will begin in September 2014. All students in grades 7-12 can submit. To do so, visit our website to create an account. This is where you will submit all of your work!

aleph-none asked: hi! who is the speaker going to be at Carnegie this year?

We are not yet able to announce our keynote speaker, but Kay WalkingStick is our Alumni Achievement Award honoree this year and will be joining us at Carnegie Hall!


awawards never reblogged me when i got my regional silver key two years ago


A very belated congratulations! :)

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards


So today I found out that I won 4 gold keys, 3 silver keys, and 4 honorable mentions for my writing in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards…. I’m still in shock….

I’m so honored to have been recognized by the super prestigious competition! I really wasn’t expecting to win anything, much less 4 gold keys, which mean that 2 of my poems and 2 of my short stories are advancing to nationals!!!

This just basically means that OH MY GOD IM FREAKING THE FUCK OUT YES


I’m happy to say that I received a Gold and Silver key from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in the Western US region! This means that my Celtic shoe will be judged at the National level!!!


The bottom one got a gold key in the Scholastic Art Awards while the top got a gold key as well as an American Vision Award nomination.


4 gold medals and 2 silver medals in the national scholastics art and writing awards!!! so excited for carnegie!!! ahhh!!!


Very excited to have received three gold medals from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. :) Carnegie, I’m coming back!


Today we share with you the work of Jack Rayson and Ellie Braun. Both Medalists gravitate to things discovered and experienced in our youth. While talking about childhood and adolescence, Jack explains “There are so many experiences to be had, experiences that cannot yet be expressed in words, and I think those indescribable moments of discovery or realization are the purest moments because they escape language.” Ellie is “inspired to place an emphasis on human sexuality and gender identity through my investigation of adolescents changing their physical appearance.”

Jack and Ellie truly encompass our criteria of originality and technical skill, and bring a genuine and honest personal voice and vision to their work, even when the subject matter can be difficult to address. Take a look at more of their work below!

The Dixie Cup of Salvation (excerpted)
by Jack Rayson

On the Fourth of July, around five, my neighbor Alex asked me if he could try on one of my dresses. It’d been a sudden, unexpected request, and he’d looked so shy drawing circles on the front steps with his foot that I was caught off guard. I agreed, snuck him down the hallway to my bedroom and found something that would fit him, a green dress. Not long from now, the neighborhood would gather for the second picnic (the evening picnic, we were still recovering from the lunch picnic) and fireworks, and my parents always took this more seriously than I ever could. In the kitchen, they diligently prepared potato salad, apple pie, and coleslaw. I sat on my bed, embarrassed by the purple comforter, the remnant of middle school that I had not yet replaced with something more neutral, more mature, something that would not be taken as a sign of my personality, and I waited, not entirely sure what I was waiting for. My bare dug mindlessly away at the carpet as I sat, watching the closet door, the ornate brass knob—the only one we didn’t replace in the renovation.

Believe me, I’d tried convincing him to undress where I could’ve seen him half-naked. I’d teased his shyness, told him it wouldn’t offend me or anything, that it wouldn’t be, as my mom might’ve said, the end of the world. He put his hand on the closet doorknob, and in an act of hasty desperation, I took off my shorts and tossed them into the corner with all the zeal and rebirth of a peasant in the French Revolution.

“See?” I said. “It’s just underwear.”

 Read more HERE!

We hope you are all enjoying a beautiful spring Friday! As a continued homage to National Poetry month, and to this lovely spring day, we share with you an excerpt from Ashley Israel’s 2014 Silver Medal poem ‘Spring in Rural America’


Check out this amazing short film that the 2013 Class of National Student Poets created and edited on their own! (Watch in HD!).

Blast from the past for National Poetry Month! The 2013 National Student Poets in Central Park!


No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.

(Dead Poets Society, 1989)

Happy National Poetry Month!

(via browneyedanachronism)

EYES ON THE PRIZE: Tyra Abraham & Jonathan Gelernter

Tyra Abraham is from New York City and attends high school at the Hewitt School. “The work I submitted for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is based on the theme of vulnerability. This project represents my most personal and sentimental work. It also embodies my journalistic approach to taking photographs. I cannot think of another set of images that epitomizes my style of photography, and for this reason, I submitted it for this competition.

For me, photography serves as an outlet for my creativity. I love wandering around New York City and exploring new neighborhoods. At school, I am a photographer for the yearbook and the student newspaper. I take photos of a variety of school events ranging from sports games to concerts to portraits of the faculty and students. My camera is like my personal journal; I carry it almost everywhere and document my surroundings. It’s rare to not see me with a camera hanging around my neck. Photography is deeply personal and can sometimes be more effective than writing.”

Jonathan Gelernter attends ACES Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, CT. “My goal in writing has been chiefly to entertain, something I think I achieve through humor, but I also have a few things that I try very hard to say.  I write a lot about what it’s like to be a Jewish teenager in America, whether dealing with unexpectedly comical sex education classes or dodging drunk drivers out to kill Jews.  I have a lot of fun writing to entertain, but writing also helps me to process, catalog, and document the world that I occupy.”

Check out a few excerpts from Jonathan’s portfolio:

Sex Can Be Safe And Fun! (Personal Essay/Memoir)

My sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Schwartz, was writing a list of “speaking verbs” on the board to help us, her students, vary our writing.  There were probably four columns of neat bubble print on the green chalkboard already—she had started simple with “said” and “told” but had received increasingly elaborate suggestions from the class.  “Shouted,” “yelled,” “exclaimed,” “whined,” “yelped,” “explained,”  “inquired,” “embellished,” “probed:” it really seemed like she meant to go all day.
“How about you, Lilly?” she asked of the girl sitting next to me.  “Bellow,” Lilly said, and Mrs. Schwartz wrote it up on the board.
Mrs. Schwartz was an unusual teacher in my school—she was married, but she didn’t wear the sheitel (ritual wig) that the Chasidic women wore, and she freely employed modern slang in the classroom.  She had only just started teaching that year, and would be gone by the next; probably off to a public school where the restrictions were a little more manageable.  But for now, she was stuck in a classroom full of Orthodox Jewish kids with long curly sidelocks and skirts that extended down to their ankles.

Read more here!

EYES ON THE PRIZE: Hanel Baveja and Madison Brownson

Hanel Baveja and Madison Brownson both create to help bring a new level of awareness to our lives and our bodies. While Hanel’s “greatest hope for my work is that my poems strike a chord of shared existence” with her readers, Madison’s “hope is to make the viewer pause and realize the beautiful complexity of their own anatomy or the world around them.” Both artists aim to awaken their audience to the intricacies of the world we share.

In honor of National Poetry Month, here is an excerpt from Hanel’s Award-winning portfolio, comprised entirely of poetry! You can also see more of Madison’s plush organs here! (Artwork clockwise from top: Renal, Colorectal Comfort, Rebirth

When Clark’s Ice Cream Parlor first opened

Combinations we’d never even dreamed of.
Names too long to remember:
Dark chocolate ice cream with raspberry
cheesecake pieces and caramel bonbons,
sweet cream ice cream with bumbleberry
compote and jordan almond fudge chunks.

After rinsing our mouths with toothpaste
and slicking lip gloss over our teeth like a
film of wax, we pounded the two miles of
sweating concrete every Wednesday at eight p.m,
an army of cheap earrings and thin ankles…

Read more of When Clark’s Ice Cream Parlor first opened here!

Today’s #tbt is in honor of #NationalPoetryMonth! Celebrated fashion photographer Richard Avedon received his Scholastic Art & Writing Award in 1941 when he was 18 years old. Take a look at his poem Wanderlust!