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Scholastic Writing Awards


Now accepting registrations until Thursday, December 9!

The Minnesota Writing Project is a proud affiliate partner with the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. As the Minnesota Region host of the Writing Awards, we coordinate the regional Writing Awards for the entire state of Minnesota.

Who can participate in the Writing Awards?

Teens in grades 7–12 (ages 13 and up) apply in 11 categories of writing. There is a fee for each submission, but Fee Waivers that cover the entire submission cost are available online during the submission process.

How do students register?

All the information you need to register is available on our Affiliate Page. There are also videos about registration on the Scholastic Gold Key YouTube channel under the playlist Entry Process.

What else do I need to know?

There are also cool Scholarships and Special Achievement Awards available including:

Don't wait until the last minute to register!

Because of the time it takes to judge the work, we can't guarantee work that is received after the deadline will be accepted, even if it was a technical error. Contact us at with questions.


Interested in volunteering as a judge for the Scholastic Awards? Sign up now!

2021 Awards Ceremony video


While we are unable to celebrate in person the accomplishments of teen writers across the state, we are excited to share this video acknowledging all regional and national award winners from the Minnesota Writing Region. Included in this video is a description of the the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, a message from the Executive Director of the Alliance of Young Artists and Writers, national medalists reading their work, and a congratulations from author Anika Fejardo to all applicants as well as her comments on the pieces nominated for the American Voices Award. Congratulations to all participants, and we look forward to reading your submissions to the 2022 Awards!

Congratulations to Maddy Dietz of St. Paul, MN, who is the Midwest representative for the 2020 National Student Poets! You can watch Maddy and the other four 2020 National Student Poets share their work in the 2020 National Student Poets Appointment Ceremony video.

MWP congratulates local high school student Ben Lee for his national Scholastic Writing Award! Ben was chosen as one of five 2017 National Student Poets and read his poem at the Library of Congress in August 2017. Read about this award. Ben was also featured on Fox 9 with Leah Beno:

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Click here for details on the 2020 Scholastic Writing Awards! 

Click here to see the 2019 Minnesota writing region award winners!

Click here for the 2019 Scholastic National Award Winners!