“Bloom!”

Register your 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards account and submit by December 17th

Arizona’s entry deadline for the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is December 17, 2014. To help educators and students, here are five steps to enter:

1. Create your Scholastic Student Account

Last year, 63 of Arizona's grade 7-12 authors earned publication space in Bloom: Best Arizona Teen Writing of 2014. This year, YAA offers publication opportunities to Scholastic Writing Awards and Scholastic Art Awards participants. Who will earn publication this year?

Last year, 63 of Arizona’s grade 7-12 authors earned publication in Bloom: Best Arizona Teen Writing of 2014. This year, YAA offers publication opportunities to Scholastic Writing & Art Awards participants. Who will earn publication this year?

Students can begin creating 2015 art and writing works as early as desired; starting September 15th, students and educators can register your accounts at: artandwriting.org/Registration.

2. Access, read, & share YAA’s 2015 participation materials

Anyone can go to YAArizona.org or YAA’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards affiliate page to access, read, and share YAA’s 2015 Scholastic Writing Awards Participation Guide (Art Awards guide coming soon), as well as YAA’s “BLOOM!” classroom poster.

3. Submit your work(s) according to specifications

Because YAA now accepts entries for art and writing in 28 different categories, pay attention to category-specific submission requirements and remember to:

  1. Review category descriptions and guidelines.
  2. Revise, edit, and proofread your work.

Learn more at artandwriting.org/the-awards/categories.

4. Print and complete each work’s entry form

In addition to completing account registration and submitting work, each student must:

  1. Print the submission form for each entry.
  2. Obtain required signatures from a teacher and guardian on each entry form. Guardian signatures are not required if the student is 18 years or older.

5. Mail forms and payment by December 17, 2014

Submission is complete once you mail your signed submission forms and payment (if applicable) and they are received by YAA. Please mail your envelope as soon as possible, but it must be postmarked by December 17th. Individual submission entries are as follows:

  • $5 per work (submit as many entries as desired)
  • $20 per portfolio submission (12th graders only)
  • Federal free- and reduced-lunch students can qualify for a fee waiver (see 2015 Awards entry guide).

Benefits of participating

  • Earn scholarships for art and writing submissions.
  • Earn Honorable Mention, Silver Key, or Gold Key Certificate for the State of Arizona and an invite to YAA’s Scholastic Awards Ceremony in April of 2015.
  • Select Gold Key and Silver Key-winning compositions offered publication in the Best Arizona Teen Writing of 2015 book; 2015 “best of” art publication opportunities will also be available.
  • Educators can use Awards as a 1st semester tool for enrichment, PLC collaboration, and portfolio-based assessment of Common Core-aligned writing projects.
  • Educators earn professional development credit as a YAA volunteer judge from the comfort of home.
  • More benefits available, including YAA partnerships with other organizations.

Teens. Write. Now.

RSVP for FREE YAA-Scottsdale Public Library workshop on October 18th at the Civic Center branch

Those who attend the Teens. Write. Now. workshop and enter at least one composition in the 2015 Scholastic Writing Awards will get the pictured Young Authors of Arizona t-shirt, free! RSVP through the “RSVP” link in the story at left.

Grade 7-12 teens are invited to attend the FREE Teens. Write. Now. summer workshop on Saturday, October 18th from 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Scottsdale Public Library’s Civic Center branch in Old Town.

The workshop is for any 2014-2015 grade 7-12 teens that want to learn dynamic skills from writing experts and to enjoy developing original compositions in a fun, hands-on writing lab environment. The workshop will also be lead by teens, including at least one published “Bloom” book author teaching.

Attendees to the workshop that end up entering at least one composition in the 2015 Scholastic Writing Awards will get a FREE YAA t-shirt.

YAA is holding the workshop to increase participation in the 2015 Scholastic Writing Awards to extend the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers’ Start. Write. Now. summer program. Space is limited, so sign up soon!

If you or your friends may be interested in attending this workshop, click the following link: RSVP.

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