“‘Bloom’ by Wednesday!”

On March 1st  at Phoenix Book Company, young authors select the cover art to YAA's "Bloom: Best Arizona Teen Writing of 2014." Who will earn recognition, scholarships, and be eligible for publication by entering this year's Awards?

On March 1, 2014 at Phoenix Book Company, young authors select the cover art to YAA’s Bloom: Best Arizona Teen Writing of 2014 book, an anthology  from last year’s Awards state of Arizona submissions. Who will earn recognition, scholarships, and be eligible for YAA publication this year by entering the Awards?

Enter the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards by December 17th

From the 2014 Scholastic Writing Awards, over 150 grade 7-12 “Young Authors of Arizona” earned recognition and an invite to YAA’s annual Awards ceremony where authors Alberto Rios, Tom Leveen, and Myrlin Hepworth spoke. $10,000 in scholarship money was earned through authorship. Eight Arizonans earned invites to Carnegie Hall. 64 teens became published authors.

As lauded by Arizona Republic columnist E.J. Montini in “OMG – these Arizona kids can write,”  grade 7-12 authors got their words out to Arizona last spring. From 2014 Awards Gold and Silver Key works,  some earned publication in the first Best Of teen anthology in state history: Bloom: Best Arizona Teen Writing of 2014. In-fact, YAA remains the only Scholastic Art & Writing Awards affiliate in America that uses Awards entries to create an annual “best of” book.

So what language and media arts authorship will you submit to the Awards by this Wednesday, December 17th, Arizona’s upload and postmark deadline for the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards?

Now is the time for educators and students to “bloom” by doing final editing and proofreading, creating Scholastic Awards Accounts, uploading, get forms completed, and mailing in entries.

Five steps to enter the Awards:

1. Create your Scholastic 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 or its 2015 Scholastic Art Awards Guide. For display, print and post YAA’s “BLOOM!” classroom poster.

3. Submit your work(s) according to Awards category specifications

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

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

Tech note: You can upload your work to the Awards and edit that work, without having to re-submit, until 9:59 MST on Wednesday, December 17th.

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

Benefits of participating

  • Each submission is eligible for scholarships and an invitation to the national ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York.
  • 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 home.
  • More benefits available, including YAA partnerships with other organizations.

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