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Scholastic Writing Awards


Congratulations to all applicants of the 2021 Scholastic Awards! The deadline for the MN Writing Region has passed. Check back for Awards Announcements, coming at the end of January 2021.


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 here!


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!