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Be a Changemaker! The Scholastic Awards and 3D Systems bring you the START.WRITE.NOW! 3D Design Challenge! Create a 3D digital design that transforms conventional forms of art and writing, inspires change in your community.
The ChallengeSubmit a 3D digital design made with FREE Cubify Software or other digital platforms by August 1, 2014. The most original design using Cubify software wins a Sense 3D Scanner! The best overall design wins $50!
How to SubmitFor detailed information on how to submit, visit the START.WRITE.NOW! 2014 webpage. All submissions are due by August 1, 2014.
3D Systems and the Scholastic AwardsIn 2012 3D Systems partnered with the Scholastic Awards to sponsor the Future New category. The Future New Award challenges students to express bold, innovative ideas using new mediums and technologies like 3D printing. Take a look at the 2014 3D Systems Future New Medalists HERE!
Above artwork by Eric Voorhis, Visual Representations of Audio Files (Various Artists). 2014 3D Systems Future New Gold Medalist.
As part of START.WRITE.NOW! 2014, we invite all rising 8th to 12th graders who have earned Gold Keys in The Scholastic Writing Awards to enter the American National Tree contest! To do so, submit a biographical essay about one of the historically important Americans listed in the accompanying blog post (click HERE!). If your essay is selected, it will be added to the tree on September 17, you will be invited to Philadelphia to see your essay added to the tree, and you will earn a $1,000 scholarship!Click HERE to read more!

Hazel and Augustus

Hazel and Augustus from TFIOS

brother of mine

my mother reasoned that what she felt was just the

n   e  g   a   t   i   v   e      s   p   a   c   e

that came along with an empty nest,

but dad and i knew that sadness had

silently crept into the crevices you left vulnerable.

you told me to picture the world like concentric circles,

you sat me down and whispered that you fit into a different circle than we did

but dad thought that if he shook you hard enough, something in you would

shift back to square one,

a blank slate,

tabula rasa.

i knew it was a lost cause.

i sat with tight-lipped admiration for you as i read the psalms.

my older brother skips church, i thought, trying to force feelings of rebel pride.

my older brother skips church, and he wears eyeliner, and tobacco smoke pours from his lips like steam from a manhole cover on the streets of new york.

i liked watching you get ready for dates,

watching you flick the black pencil up at the corner of your eyes,

pulling your eyelid up with your thumb and forefinger.

you blinked,

and the world was reborn.

'pedicure' detail shot of a START.WRITE.NOW! piece by instagrammer @eat_sleep_paint
Detail shot of a START.WRITE.NOW! piece by instagrammer @eat_sleep_paint
This summer, we want YOU to get creative and a head start on the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! Registration for the 2015 Awards opens on September 15, 2014. Get a head start with workshops, summer challenges, an alumni video series and the opportunity for you to share your voice with us!
This summer, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards will be hosting FREE Art & Writing workshops across the country! Workshops invite students in grades 7-12 to tell and share their stories, experiment, and express their creativity in a fun and supportive environment. All levels are welcome and each workshop will provide a guide on how to submit to the Awards.
Art & Writing workshops for Native American youth
Poetry workshops & open mic readings
BOYS.WRITE.NOW – writing workshops for boys
Science Fiction & Fantasy workshop
Special alumni spotlights on our blog with Q&A opportunities to see what inspires them to get started on a new project.
Challenge yourself with our 3D Digital Design Challenge, sponsored by 3D Systems, for the chance to win a $50 prize.
Submit an essay to vie for the American National Tree Award and a $1000 scholarship contest sponsored by the National Constitution Center and the M. R. Robinson Foundation.
Versify: be alert for special online poetry challenges.
Show us what you’re working on by tagging @artandwriting on Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtags #AWAwards and #SWN2014!
The summer is overflowing with possibility, so let’s get started! Check out the Start.Write.Now webpage and join a community filled with ideas and inspiration!
For #StartWriteNow:
The Chef ParadeLei Yue Mun 2013
Submit your work to the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!
By Hugo Hoffman for #StartWriteNow

A multimedia piece titled ‘Dizzy Trophy Room”, The characters, (painted in gouache on top of an old magazine advertisement) play off of symbols of alcohol, and alcohol abuse, as well as incorporating the idea of a “Trophy room”.
Submit your mixed media piece to the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!
A poem about West Haven Beach (by Nico A. Clarke at age 14) for #StartWriteNow
Share your writing too at or enter the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!
"One day your life will flash before your eyes…"
Josh Jacobs for #StartWriteNow
Fairly Fairy ~ K.Ladika 2013 (imgeniousconceptions) for #StartWriteNow
Share your art too at
And be sure to submit to the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, open now!

We Are Safe by Taylor Leong (tomato-bird) for #StartWriteNow
Share your art too at
And be sure to submit to the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, open now!
In a creative slump? Here are 3 BIG tips from our Cleveland-area affiliate:  We hope they spark some new ideas that can be turned into a Scholastic Awards submission this year! Learn how to enter here