“Dive in to your imagination” by December 16th!
YAA, a State of Arizona and 501(c)(3) non-profit, encourages Arizona’s approximately 2,000 middle schools, high schools, and libraries to mentor grade 7-12 Arizona students to enter this year’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards by December 16, 2015, this year’s entry deadline. To help educators and students, here are five steps to enter:
1. Create your Scholastic Awards student or educator account
All students entering work in the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards must first create your account. Students can begin creating 2016 art and writing works as early as desired and make Scholastic accounts, beginning September 16, 2016, at artandwriting.org/login.
TEACHERS: you’re encouraged to create a teacher account, then spend one class period this semester, as soon as possible, helping students register online. Between now and the December 16th deadline, students may upload their work through the Online Registration System (ORS). Students can upload works independently but may need help.
2. Access, read, & share YAA’s 2016 Awards entry resources
Check YAArizona.org or YAA’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards affiliate pages to access, read, and share the 2016 Awards participation resources.
- YAA 2016 Scholastic Writing Awards Participation Guide
- YAA 2016 Scholastic Art Awards Participation Guide (coming soon)
3. Upload your work(s) according to specifications
Pay attention to category-specific submission requirements and remember to:
- Review category descriptions and guidelines.
- 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:
- Print the submission form for each entry.
- Obtain required signatures from a teacher and parent. Parent signatures are not required if the student is 18 years or older. Registration is not complete until the submission form has been signed and submission fees have been received by the YAA.
5. Mail forms, fees, and payment by December 16, 2015
All checks or money orders payable to: Young Authors of Arizona; cash is accepted but not preferred.
Individual submission fees: Each submission is $5 per work unless you qualify for a fee waiver (read “Fee Waiver” below).
If entering more than one submission, write one check for all your submission fees. Example: If you enter one short story and one journalism piece, you’re welcome to submit a $10 check instead of two $5 checks.
Senior Portfolio submission fees: $20 per portfolio submission.
Fee Waiver: Students for whom submission fees would be a significant barrier to 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards participation may request a fee waiver. Please have a parent or guardian sign the FEE WAIVER FORM, available through each student’s Scholastic account. Include the fee waiver form when you mail your signed submission form(s) to complete your registration.
Mailing your entry
Each young author needs the following in his or her entry envelope:
1. A printed submission form for each entry. Each form must be completely filled out and signed.
2. One check for all of that young author’s 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards entries.
Mail entries to:
YAA 2016 Scholastic (Art and/or Writing) Awards
1776 N. Scottsdale Rd. #906
Scottsdale, AZ 85252
STUDENTS: Each student should submit all his or her entry material together in a single envelope; if the student’s entering work in both the Scholastic Art Awards and Writing Awards, address your envelope “YAA 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.” Otherwise, please specify which area, “Art” or “Writing,” the student’s entering.
TEACHERS: If a teacher with numerous students entering, you’re welcome to submit all of your student entry envelopes in one bigger envelope. Some teachers have also collected entry money from students, and then submitted one check (and Fee Waiver Forms, if applicable) for all student entries. If you’re mentoring both Art Awards and Writing Awards entries, please address the envelope “YAA 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.”
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 on April 16, 2016.
- Select Gold Key and Silver Key-winning compositions offered publication in the Best Arizona Teen Writing of 2016 book; 2016 “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; see next page on how to enter.
Get involved with YAA!
Each year, YAA needs to raise at least $10,000 to perform the below-stated functions for Arizona youth language and media arts. With over 1,600 middle schools and high schools in Arizona, our current outreach campaign seeks to involve more Arizonans like you, with the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards as the scope and centerpiece for our growth. YAA is also …
- Arizona’s Scholastic Art Awards affiliate,
- is Arizona’s Scholastic Writing Awards affiliate,
- published the first teen-synthesized Best Arizona Teen Writing book in state history,
- followed it up with Convergence: Best Arizona Teen Writing of 2015,
- has created over $10,000 in scholarships for Arizona teens and wants to create more,
- puts on workshops, exhibitions, and wants to put on more statewide events,
- and needs you to “dive in to your imagination” by supporting Arizona’s young artists and writers.
Take the Organizational Involvement survey and support YAA!
Read Convergence: Best Arizona Teen Writing of 2015
April 11th marked the release of YAA’s Convergence: Best Arizona Teen Writing of 2015 book, an anthology of 105 works by 71 grade 7-12 Arizona authors. Please support our authors by purchasing a book copy (click link above), available for $15 with all proceeds going to YAA’s 2015-2016 outreach and development campaign.
Free Convergence: Best Arizona Teen Writing of 2015 selections online
Enjoy reading (and studying?) some of the best grade 7-12 teen writing in the state of Arizona, captured through the Convergence digital version; select works available for free.
Free Bloom: Best Arizona Teen Writing of 2014 selections online
Enjoy reading (and studying?) some of the best grade 7-12 teen writing in the state of Arizona, captured through the Bloom digital version; select works available for free.
AZ’s 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Honorable Mention, Silver Key, & Gold Key entries published online!
From the below links, check out YAA’s 2015 art & writing galleries that display Arizona’s 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards entries. Educators and students, starting September 16th you can register your 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards accounts.
Arizona’s Scholastic Writing Awards home page: See all 252 Arizona Silver Key, Gold Key, and National Medalist works through the Best of AZ Teen Writing 2015 widget on the right-hand side of the web page.
Arizona’s Scholastic Art Awards home page: See all 56 Arizona Silver Key, Gold Key, and National Medalist works through the Best of AZ Teen Art 2015 widget on the right-hand side of the web page.
Thank you PHX Mercury Teen Art & Writing Night fans!
YAA thanks fans for coming out to US Airways Center on September 11th for Teen Art & Writing Night, a YAA-Phoenix Suns Charities event to support Arizona youth language and media arts.
2016 YAA Student Committee Chairman Alex Cohen, a high school senior, called the evening “a fully immersive experience that gave volunteers first-hand experience interfacing with the general public,” giving YAA “an idea of what Arizona wants in terms of goals for the future and projects to prioritize. What Arizona wants, we found, is exactly what we do: Arizona is looking for an outlet for creative youths to produce great works and publish them in a legitimate sphere.”
“This event demonstrates the Suns organization’s statewide support of youth language and media arts,” lauded YAA President and CEO Billy Gerchick. “Now we hope fans support the MIIIIIIIIIIIGHTY MERCUUUUURY 2015 WNBA playoff run, as well as YAA.”