Welcome to the 2016 Massachusetts Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!

Announcing the 2016 Massachusetts Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!
Congratulations! And thank you to all who participated. We received over 15,000 entries in Art, and about 2,500 writing entries. We had over 50 judges who looked at or read the entries, and had to make hard choices based on the 3 criteria: originality, technical skill, and personal vision. Unfortunately, we couldn’t give awards to all of the talented artists who applied. Whether you won an award or not, we hope you will continue to create and share your ideas.

Click to view/download a complete list of winners, including schools and teachers »

What do I need to do if I won an award? What do I get?
All awardees will receive a certificate for each award mailed to the home address they listed upon registration. Additionally, all Gold and Silver Key winners will receive a Gold or Silver Key pin mailed to their home. Gold Key work will go electronically to New York to compete against all the other Gold Key work from around the country for National Medals. Medalists will be notified by the National Office in Mid-March. (You don’t need to do anything to make this happen).

Gold and Silver Key winners will be invited to a ceremony at the Museum of Fine Arts on March 12, 2016. Keep an eye on your inboxes for directions about tickets. Gold Key winners' work will be featured at an exhibition at EF, Education First, from March 5–20. Gold Key winners in Art should look at the tab on this page for directions. (Gold Key winners in writing don't have further tasks).

How was the work judged?
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have always been judged on the same criteria:

Originality: Work that breaks from convention, blurs the boundaries between genres, and challenges notions of how a particular concept or emotion can be expressed.

Technical Skill: Work that uses technique to advance an original perspective or a personal vision or voice, and show skills being utilized to create something unique, powerful, and innovative.

Personal Vision or Voice: Work with an authentic and unique point of view and style.

All work is judged blindly, meaning the judge does not know what school the student attends, the student's name, race, gender, or any other information about the student. The Scholastic Awards believes in Freedom of Expression. No work will be rejected based on controversial content.


The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), in conjunction with the Boston Globe, begins our third year as the Regional Affiliate for the State of Massachusetts after a very successful 2015 season. Massachusetts was well-represented with 109 National Medalists in Art and Writing, celebrated during the national ceremony at Carnegie Hall, as well as at the Parsons/New School and Pratt exhibitions. The Empire State Building was lit up in gold for the evening, and the ceremony featured Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Morrissey, and Chelsea Clinton.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are open to Massachusetts students in grades 7–12. Any work created since January 2015 can be submitted.

What are the categories?
Architecture, Ceramics & Glass, Comic Art, Design, Digital Art, Drawing & Illustration, Editorial Cartoon, Fashion, Film & Animation, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture. High School seniors can also submit a collection of 8 works in the category Art Portfolio.

Critical Essay, Dramatic Script, Flash Fiction, Humor, Journalism, Personal Essay/Memoir, Poetry, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Short Story. High School Seniors can also submit a collection of works in the category Writing Portfolio.

In addition to those listed above, there are some special categories: Future/New, Novel Writing, and Video Games. (Please note that these categories are judged by the national office in in New York).

How do I register?
To register, go to www.artandwriting.org anytime between September 16, 2015 and December 15, 2015. Follow the prompts, complete the information, upload your work and print out the forms. Students, parents, teachers all sign the submission forms. (Helpful hint: Save a copy of the signed forms! If you win an award, you will need them). Send in the forms to SMFA (address below) with your fees or fee waivers.

Fees and fee waivers:
Each individual submission requires a $5 fee OR a fee waiver.
Each Art or Writing Portfolio requires a $20 fee OR a fee waiver.
(for fee waivers, please complete a fee waiver form for each submission)

If you are entering multiple submissions, you may write one check to cover multiple fees. Please send submissions and checks in the same envelope. (In other words, if you submit 3 individual works, you can enclose all 3 submission forms in one envelope with a $15 check, or the fee waiver, all in one envelope. Teachers who are submitting multiple students' work in one envelope should use the school cover worksheet.

Lesley Davison
Affiliate Program Coordinator,
Scholastic Art and Writing Awards,
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
230 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-369-3647

September 16, 2015
Students and teachers can begin the registration process at www.artandwriting.org.

December 15, 2015
All students and work must be registered, all paperwork postmarked in order to be considered for the Awards.

January 29, 2016
Students and teachers will be notified about Regional Awards.

Gold Key work to be delivered to sites for exhibition.

March 12, 2016
Awards Ceremony at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for all Gold and Silver Key Awardees.

March 5–20, 2016
Gold Key Exhibition

Exhibition space generously provided by EF – Education First

EF Center Boston
Two Education Circle
Cambridge, MA 02141

Art Pick-up Info