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2020 – 2021 Awards Year

As you head back to school this fall, remember to update your Scholastic Awards dashboard to prepare to submit your original creative works to the 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! Check back in with the RAL blog for tips on submitting, including suggestions from previous RAL judges.

  • September 1, 2020 – The 2021 Scholastic Awards Program begins! As of this day, the Awards are officially open to enter. Log into your dashboard to update your information, and to begin the entry process.
  • October/November, 2020 – Virtual events on how to enter the Scholastic Awards, hosted by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Check out the Upcoming Events page for more information.
  • December 8, 2020 – Extended deadline! Deadline for ALL OTHER Art and Writing RAL regions. Works, submission forms, and payments (including fee waivers) MUST be completed and submitted online through dashboards via digital upload by 11:59 pm EST.
  • December 15, 2020 – Extended deadline! Entry deadline for Art and Writing RAL Midwest ONLY. Works, submission forms, and payments (including fee waivers) MUST be completed and submitted online through dashboards via digital upload by 11:59 pm EST.
  • January 28, 2021 – RAL Regional Award Announcement Day! Check your dashboard to see if you received a regional award. Award recipients will find congratulatory letters and certificates in their dashboard.
  • March 4, 2021RAL Virtual Ceremony! From now through March 4, join us every other week on the blog to preview Gold Key works as we get pumped for the first ever virtual regional celebration. Register here and save the date to join us for a virtual ceremony on March 4 to celebrate all our regional award winners. Check your regional microsite for more information, and access the livestream at 7:00 pm ET here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkIoAMK4_0Y. This event is free and open to the public. Please feel free to share the link with family and friends– all are welcome to celebrate the amazing achievements of this year’s creative young artists and writers!
  • March 16, 2021 – Deadline to download regional certificates and congratulatory letters from your dashboard. Be sure to download and save a copy of each before March 16!
  • March 17, 2021 – National Award Announcement Day! On this day, all Gold Key Award winners and American Voices & Visions Nominees should check artandwriting.org or their dashboard to see if they received a 2021 National Medal!