Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

The Awards

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12.

The Mission

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Through the Awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. Students across America submitted nearly 340,000 original works this year in 29 different categories of art and writing.

The Accolades 

Congratulations to the 2020 Maryland Recipients of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!

View the full list of works recognized in the 2020 Maryland Art and Writing Region of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

A panel of professional editors, poets, fiction writers, and visual artists selected the following works from 3991 works submitted this year from talented teens across the state:

  • 526 Honorable Mentions awarded to promising works
  • 245 Silver Keys awarded to distinguished works
  • 100 Gold Keys awarded to the most accomplished works
  • 5 American Voices Nominees selected as the strongest regional works
  • 5 American Visions Nominees selected as the strongest regional works

Gold Keys are automatically forwarded for consideration at the national level of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

To recognize their outstanding work, this year's Gold Key and Silver Key recipients are invited, along with their guests, teachers, and our esteemed jurors, to the 2020 Awards Ceremony for the Maryland Art and Writing Region of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! RSVP now for seating and further details!

2020 Maryland Art and Writing Region Award Ceremony

  •     Date: Sunday, March 1, 2020
  •     Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM
  •     Location: Baltimore Center Stage
  •     Address: 700 N Calvert St, Baltimore, MD 21202
  •     Email: sdoccolo@promotionandarts.org
  •     Phone: 410-752-8632 
  •     Keynote Speakers: Donna Drew Sawyer and Kirk Shannon-Butts
  •     RSVP form link

American Visions Nominees

  • Amira Balala, 12th grade from Northwest High School, Germantown, MD,  “New World (Photography)
  • Asher Burrows, 12th grade, Homeschooled, from Frederick, MD, “Dead-weight” (Photography)
  • Hazel Gao, 12th grade from G W Carver Center-Arts & Tech, Towson, MD, “the tale of the sloth god”(Film & Animation)
  • Madeline Menkes, 12th grade from G W Carver Center-Arts & Tech, Towson, MD, “The Monster Under the Bed” (Painting)
  • Aaron Tian, 10th grade from Poolesville High School, Poolesville, MD, Closed Circuit” (Film & Animation)

 American Voices Nominees

  • Brooke Johnston, 8th grade from Notre Dame Preparatory School, Towson, MD, “Between Borders” (Personal Essay/ Memoir)
  • Judah Lyles,12th grade from G W Carver Center-Arts & Tech, Towson, MD, “Baltimore City Streets” (Poetry)
  • Joshua Torrence, 12th grade from G W Carver Center-Arts & Tech, Towson, MD “Ballerina Boy” (Personal Essay/ Memoir)
  • Olivia Yates, 12th grade from The Community School, Baltimore, MD, “My Mountain” (Personal Essay/ Memoir)
  • Avery Yoder-Wells, 8th grade from Dumbarton Middle School, Baltimore, MD, “McSatans” (Flash Fiction)
     

Emerging Artist Scholarship Recipients 

  • $100 - Inspire Scholarship

- Ethan Christou, “The Senses Dividing,” Short Story - Silver Key; The Community School

- Sam Rivera, “Self-Portrait in Motion,” Photography - Honorable Mention; Baltimore Poly Tech Institution

  •  $150 - Promising Portfolio Scholarship

- Alyssa Markov, “Photoshop in Darkroom,” Photography - Honorable Mention; The Park School

  • $100 - Emerging Middle School Visions and Voices Scholarship

- Jeremiah Jackson, “The Villain,” Comic Art - Honorable Mention; Homeschool Baltimore

- Daniela Kirby, “A Choice of Friends,” Short Story - Honorable Mention; Hampstead Hill Academy

  • $100 - Young Women in Fiction Scholarship

- Taniyah Kutcherman, “Death By Design,” Short Story - Silver Key; Western High School 

- Aaliyah Cole, “LBTQ: Works of a Queer Nature,” Portfolio - Silver Key; Mergenthaler Vocational Tech

Scholastic Art and Writing Award Recipients 2020

Maryland Art and Writing Region

The Baltimore Office of Promotion and Arts is the Maryland Art affiliate for all counties in the state of Maryland and the Writing affiliate for all counties in the state of Maryland (excluding PG and Montgomery counties).  We accept submissions each year beginning in September, and the deadline for submissions is early December.

Regional recognition includes Gold Key awards, Silver Key awards, and Honorable Mentions. Gold Keys are automatically forwarded for consideration at the national level of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Five works of writing and five works of art from the region are selected by local judges as American Voices & Visions nominees, who are then celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies. 

How to apply? 

Annual Results

TBA

Regional Ceremony

To recognize their outstanding work, Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention recipients are invited each year—along with their guests, teachers, and our esteemed jurors—to the Awards Ceremony for the Maryland Art and Writing Region of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

2020 Maryland Regional Art and Writing Ceremony

  • Date: Sunday, March 1
  • Time: 2:00pm
  • Location: Center Stage 
 

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