The Maryland Region Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

The Maryland Region Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

The Awards The Maryland Region Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is the nation's longest-running and most prestigious creative teen recognition program for students in grades 7-12. BOPA is proud to serve as the Maryland regional affiliate for this competition and support Maryland's next generation of creatives. Teens, ages 13 and up can apply in 28 categories of art and writing.

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The Maryland Region Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

BOPA serves as the Maryland regional affiliate for this competition, which means we oversee the important task of collecting and evaluating submissions at the regional level. Last year, 1,667 teens from Baltimore and the surrounding region submitted 4,200 works of visual and literary art.

All works are blindly judged by local visual artists, novelists, poets, playwrights, educators, and editors. Each piece is judged based on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice. Award recipients receive a Gold Key, Silver Key, or Honorable Mention. Gold Keys are automatically forwarded for consideration at the national level of the Scholastic Awards.

A total of 45 Maryland students received medals at the national level — including Portfolio Gold, Individual Gold, Silver, Silver with Distinction, American Voices, and American Visions, as well as a special Herblock Foundation for Editorial Cartooning Award.

Maryland’s deadline for art and writing submissions is February 5, 2024

HOW TO ENTER THE SCHOLASTIC AWARDS

1. CREATE YOUR ACCOUNT

Both students and educators can create an account using our online portal. This is where you’ll find your school and enter your work.

CREATE YOUR ACCOUNT

2. UPLOAD YOUR BEST WORK

Don’t forget to seek feedback from educators, family, and friends when editing your work.

For art, you will upload digital images of your work to enter into the Awards. Show your work at its best with high quality documentation.

TIPS FOR DOCUMENTING YOUR WORK

Be sure to select the category that best represents your work.

VIEW CATEGORIES

3. PAY FOR YOUR ENTRY

Entry fees are $10 per individual entry and $30 per portfolio. If the entry fee is a barrier to your participation in the Awards, you can request the fee to be waived in the online portal.

Visit our online galleries to see works from past National Medalists.

VISIT THE GALLERY

 

Maryland’s deadline for art and writing submissions is Monday, December 11, 2023

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Workshops

As the Maryland regional affiliate for The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, BOPA has coordinated a number of workshops to support students interested in submitting. Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

The Baltimore Academy of Illustration is hosting a virtual workshop and critique session on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 from 6:00–7:00 p.m. Students who want feedback can upload their work here. You do not need to submit work to be critiqued in order to participate. Click here for the meeting link.

The Maryland Professional Photographers Association is hosting a career panel on Saturday, November 18, 2023 from 9:00–11:00 a.m., which will include working photographers in a range of fields from food, wildlife, real estate to fine art photography. Click here for the interest form to get the Zoom link.

Baltimore Clayworks is hosting a virtual critique and panel discussion on Tuesday, November 21, 2023 from 5:30–6:30 p.m. Students can submit ceramics images to receive feedback from a professional artist, but you do not have to submit work to participate in the workshop. For details and to register, click here.

Finally, the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is hosting workshops sponsored by the New York Life Foundation that explore deep feelings, like grief, through writing. On Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. they are holding a peer review session. Click here to register.

The 2023 Regional Awards Ceremony in March 2023 was held at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA). Painter and fiber artist Stephen Towns and children’s author Katherine Marsh served as keynote speakers for this event.

The Scholastic Awards requires year-round engagement with schools, educators, arts organizations, and students. BOPA staff goes above and beyond to ensure that we are supporting the next generation of visual artists and writers.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a one-on-one or group information session, please contact Twi McCallum, Arts Education Specialist at Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, tmccallum@promotionandarts.org.

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