Congratulations 2021 Chicago Scholastic Writing Awards recipients!

View the full list of works recognized in the Chicago Writing Region of the 2021 Scholastic Writing Awards below!

A panel of professional novelists, editors, teachers, poets, librarians, journalists, and other literary professionals selected these works from nearly 400 works submitted this year:

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  • 95 Honorable Mentions awarded to promising works
  • 57 Silver Keys awarded to distinguished works
  • 33 Gold Keys awarded to the most accomplished works
  • 5 American Voice Nominees selected as the strongest regional works

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

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To recognize their outstanding work, this year's Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention recipients are invited, along with their guests, teachers, and our esteemed jurors, to a nationwide online Awards Ceremony for regional Scholastic Writing Awards recipients!

  • Date: Sunday, March 7th, 2021
  • Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET
  • Keynote Speaker: David Levithan
  • RSVP form link

American Voices Nominees

These Gold Key works were selected by our jurors for consideration as the Chicago Writing Region's National American Voices Medal Nominees:

  • Maeve Healy of Latin School Of Chicago, for “Cocaine Sunflowers” (Personal Essay & Memoir)
  • Sara Kumar of University of Chicago Laboratory School, for “The Dance of the Cornfields” (Short Story)
  • James Lee of Glenbrook North High School, for “Nothing Ever Ends: Watchmen's Visions Of America” (Critical Essay)
  • Kyla Pereles of Oak Park & River Forest High School, for “Manifestos For My People” (Poetry)
  • Alexander Wilson of Roycemore School, for “Waiting in the Trees” (Personal Essay & Memoir)

2021 Chicago Scholastic Awards

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