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Congratulations to the Writing Recipients of the 2018 DC Metro Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!

A panel of novelists, editors, teachers, poets, librarians, journalists, and other professional writers has selected these works—from nearly 1,500 submitted this year—as the most exceptional in the region. Hats off to all of you!

5 American Voices Nominations...

...honor what our judges have deemed to be the strongest pieces in the region, regardless of category or age group. One of these pieces will be awarded a National American Voices Medal after it goes through national adjudication.

108 Gold Keys...

...were awarded to the most accomplished works in the region. Gold Key-winning writing will be forwarded to the national level of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and considered for national recognition.

163 Silver Keys...

...were awarded to distinguished works in the region.

239 Honorable Mentions...

...were awarded to promising works in the region.

To recognize their outstanding work, recipients of this year’s Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention Awards are invited, along with their guests, teachers, and our esteemed jurors, to the DC Metro Region Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony which will take place on Sunday, March 4th, 2018, at the The National 4H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

7th to 12th Grade Recognition Ceremony

  • 1:30 p.m. - Doors open/check-in/find seats
  • 2:00 p.m - 3:30 p.m. Ceremony
  • RSVP for 7th to 12th Graders!

For questions or more information, please contact Jackie Downs at: or call (202) 629-9510.

A panel of professional novelists, editors, teachers, poets, librarians, journalists, and other literary professionals selected these works from the 1,400 works submitted this year. The judges were challenged in selecting from a pool of amazing works. As such, not every great work received a nomination. If you did not receive recognition this year, don’t be discouraged. Our judges were inspired by each and every submission and look forward to reading your work next year!

American Voices Nominees

  • Virginia Kane, 12th Grade
    Street Cred, Poetry
  • Isabelle Levine, 11th Grade
    Mosaic in Six Parts, Personal Essay/Memoir
  • Adithi Ramakrishnan, 12th Grade
    What’s in a Name, Personal Essay/Memoir
  • Claire Wilson, 8th Grade
    Just Like Buddy, Short Story
  • Hikma Redi, 10th Grade
    My Hijab, Personal Essay/Memoir

$100 Edward P. Jones Young Writer Awards

  • Shakayla Williams, 10th Grade
    Abuse and Authority, Poetry
  • Aaliyah Valentine, 10th Grade
    An Accidental Death, Poetry
  • Mariama Dieng 10th Grade
    Ekphrasis, Poetry
  • Jasmyne Bradford, 12th Grade
    AGOOM Analytical reflection/Narrative, Critical Essay

$100 The Writer’s Center Humor Scholarship

  • Barbara Weaver, 7th Grade
    Dear Mrs. Wellington, Humor

2018 DC Metro Scholastic Awards

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