Scholastic Writing Awards

Many Writopia Lab writers from across the country enjoy submitting their works each year to the Scholastic Writing Awards, the nation’s most prestigious and longest-running writing competition for teens (grades 7 to 12). Whether or not awards are won, the deadlines and guidelines inspire our entire community to write at our highest level and, most importantly, to complete pieces.

We are happy to report that over the last three years, more Writopia writers have won regional and national Scholastic awards than any other group of kids in the country!

In the New York region, Writopia Lab has, since 2008, served as an outreach partner to the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers (the organization that runs the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards), publicizing the Scholastic Writing Awards, running free workshops to help young writers submit their work, and working one-on-one with students who are motivated to put extra effort into polishing their pieces.


Who Enters?

Nearly 200,000 students will accept the challenge to go beyond the classroom assignment, creating daring and innovative works. They will submit their best pieces for review by panels of art and writing professionals, and compete for recognition, scholarships, and publication opportunities. Entering this competition is a fantastic opportunity for students to focus their creative energy and to make their voices heard.

Since 1923, more than 13 million of America’s most talented teens have participated in the Awards. 2.5 million students have been recognized through exhibitions and publications and have shared in more than $25 million in cash awards and college scholarships.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has a long list of distinguished alumni that includes Andy Warhol, Robert Redford, Sue Miller, Richard Avedon, Zac Posen, Joyce Carol Oates, Tom Otterness, Sylvia Plath, John Lithgow, Ned Vizzini, Abdi Farah (winner of the reality show Work of Art: The Next Great Artist), and John Baldessari, who will accept this year’s Alumni Achievement Award at a Carnegie Hall Ceremony in May of 2011.

Today, Writopia Lab serves as the Regional Affiliate at our Washington, DC and New York Metro North branches. We also offer a range of support for young writers at all our branches. To learn about guidelines, deadlines, prep sessions, and how we can help, please click on one of the links below:


  • for the Washington DC region, click here to learn more;
  • for the Hudson to Housatonic region, click here to learn more; and
  • for all other areas, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .