Throwback Thursday: Female winners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

This week's Throwback Thursday could almost double as a "before they were famous!"

As you might have seen earlier on the blog, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards named the national award recipients (including the Gold Medal Portfolio winners) for 2017 last week. That got me thinking, with March being Women's History Month, about some of the former female winners of the awards that went on to become household names.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were founded in 1923 by the company's founder, Maurice R. Robinson and since then, some famous female alumnae include:

  • Poet & writer Sylvia Plath in 1947 for a painting
  • Artist Kay WalkingStick in 1948
  • Writer Joyce Carol Oates in 1956 for a short story titled A Dawn You’ll Never See
  • The Time Traveler's Wife author Audrey Niffenegger in 1981
  • Writer/actress Lena Dunham in 1999 for a poem called Walking

You may be surprised to see that Sylvia Plath won her Art & Writing award for a painting rather than a piece of writing. (I know it surprised me!) Here is her winning painting:

Joyce Carol Oates is a writer and has written almost anything you can think of - novels, plays, novellas, nonfiction, poetry, etc. She's also won numerous awards, including the O. Henry Award, the National Book Award ... and a Scholastic Art & Writing Award! She won hers for a short story called A Dawn You'll Never See. Check it out below. (Additionally, to make things comes full circle, Oates served as an Art & Writing juror in 1998.)

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards