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Regional Deadlines: Click fordeadlines. NJ Writing Deadline: Extended to December 7, 2017 NJ Art Deadline: January 3, 2018 Eligibility: Public, private, or home-school students in the U.S., Canada, or American schools abroad enrolled in grades 7–12 Entry Fee: $5/regular submission. $20/ Senior Writing Portfolio Award: Regional, National Awards and Scholarship Opportunities Categories: For a full list of category descriptions, click HERE. Signup: Create an account Previous Winners: Scholastic online galleries Original work only: See website for copyright and plagiarism FAQ Blind Judging: Submissions may not contain your name or personal information. Judging Criteria: Originality, technical skill and personal voice. Website:ArtandWriting.org
POETRY: Set of 1-5 poems with combined line count of 20 – 200 lines FICTION: 1,000 – 3,000 words FLASH FICTION: 1,000 words max. PERSONAL ESSAY/MEMOIR: 500 – 3,000 words CRITICAL or PERSUASIVE ESSAY: 500 – 3,000 words (cite sources) JOURNALISM: 500 – 3,000 words DRAMATIC SCRIPT: 500 – 3,000 words. NOVEL WRITING: Excerpt up to 3,000 words plus 250 word summary. SCI/FI or FANTASY: 500 – 3,000 words HUMOR: 500 – 3,000 words. SENIOR PORTFOLIO: Seniors only: 8 distinct works that demonstrate versatility as a writer and diversity in writing technique and styles, plus writer’s statement. See website for further details.
No names on manuscripts or work will be disqualified
Put the title at the top of the first page only
No names of real people
Parent, teacher & student signatures required on entry form
Do not double submit to different categories unless the 2nd submission is for the senior portfolio
Steps to Submit Work for NJ Region Only:
Work must be uploaded before December 7, 2017 in order to obtain your teacher’s signature on the entry form (Ms. James, Ms. Gabb or your English teacher).
Once your work has been uploaded, download your entry form and print it out.
Have the form signed by your parent, your teacher and yourself.
Mail the form via the U.S. Post Office (see address below). You may enclose a check or pay online. The fee is $5 per individual submission and $20 per Senior Writing Portfolio.
Make the check payable to: NEWARK PUBLIC LIBRARY. (Checks made payable to the Scholastic Awards or Scholastic cannot be cashed and the student’s application will not be accepted. One check may be written for multiple submissions). Scholastic also accepts payment via Either form of payment is acceptable, but entry forms must be physically mailed.
DEADLINE – Forms and fees must be POSTMARKED by December 7, 2017.
DO NOT mail your manuscripts. Those are uploaded electronically. DO mail signed entry forms and checks to:
Attn: Maisy Card
Newark Public Library
O. Box 630
Newark, NJ 07101-0630