2013 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

This coming Monday, Sep. 17th, is the opening day for submissions for the 2013 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards!!!

Here’s the link.

This is a big contest for teens across the U.S.A., including homeschooled teens, to enter their best art and/or writing. There are a huge variety of categories, from architecture to fashion to flash fiction. Prestigious judges “look for works that best exemplify the Awards’ core values:  originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal voice or vision.”

From their website, here’s a little bit more about the contest:

“Today, we work with 100-plus regional programs across the country to bring the program to local communities, and over 60 scholarship partners. Teens in grades 7 through 12, from public, private, or home schools, can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for their chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.  Students also submit work for special awards offered by sponsors including New York Life, the National Constitution Center, the AMD Foundation, Duck Tape®, 3D Systems, and Ovation – and for special honors like the National Student Poets Program, a joint project between the Alliance, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.”

As homeschoolers, it’s sometimes hard for students to gain recognition for their hard work or talents. Contests are a great way to give them a chance to strut their stuff – or even to motivate them to push a little harder on that short story or painting they’ve been working on. And winning a scholarship certainly wouldn’t hurt either!

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