Applications for the 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are now open!
Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), the regional affiliate for Maryland, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the country’s longest-running and most prestigious creative teen recognition program for students in grades 7–12.

For the second year, BOPA serves as the regional affiliate for all counties in the state of Maryland for the art region. For the writing region, BOPA serves all counties excluding Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, and Howard.

Applications are now open here and due by Tuesday,December 1, 2020.

The Scholastic Awards look for work demonstrating originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Regional recognition includes Gold Key awards, Silver Key awards, and Honorable Mentions. Gold Keys are automatically forwarded for consideration at the national level of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Five works of writing and five works of art from the region are selected by local judges as American Voices & Visions nominees, who are then celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies.

For the 2020 competition, BOPA received nearly 4000 visual arts and writing submissions from teens throughout the state in seventeen counties and Baltimore City. Five hundred and seventy-nine teens received recognition, and Gold and Silver Key award recipients were honored at an award ceremony held at Baltimore Center Stage.

A selection of artwork and writing have been featured here on the Baltimore Arts Blog.

BOPA encourages talented teens across Baltimore City and Maryland to apply. Award recipients will be honored during a regional ceremony in 2021.

Learn more at and apply here.

Hear from previous award winners!

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Through the Awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. 

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