The best teen writing, all in one place

Every year, hundreds of thousands of talented students from across the nation submit their unique works to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, a national program presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, which recognizes talented teenagers in the visual and literary arts.

For 91 years, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has celebrated the accomplishments of innovative students by extending opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships. This year, 543 extraordinary teens earned National Scholastic Awards in writing categories. With such an abundance of literary talent, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers has compiled The Best Teen Writing of 2013, an anthology of National Award–winning written work from the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

The works selected for this publication not only represent the diversity of the National Award winners, but also present a spectrum of the insight and creative intellect that inform many Award-winning pieces.

The call for submissions for the 2014 Art & Writing Awards is now open and students in grades 7–12 can submit their work for consideration. Deadlines for submissions vary by region, occurring throughout the winter months. So, if you are a young art-maker or rule-breaker, apply now to join the ranks of notable Awards alumni such as Truman Capote, Philip Pearlstein, Sylvia Plath, Andy Warhol, John Updike and Stephen King, who all won when they were teens.

A complete listing of National Award winners and online galleries of winning works of art and writing can be found at www.artandwriting.org.

The Best Teen Writing 2013 is available for purchase at Amazon.com

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