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Students enrolled in grades 7 through 12 and at least 13 years of age by January 8, 2024 can submit artwork into the competition. All submissions are completed online on the national website.

  • Review categories on the National Art & Writing Awards website

  • Artwork completed by 7-12 graders during the Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2023 is permitted to be entered

  • Work previously entered is not eligible unless submitted as part of an art portfolio


STEP 1 Read guidelines and categories on the National Scholastic Art & Writing website


STEP 2 Create an account on the National Scholastic Art & Writing Portal

  • It is a new system this year and educators and youth will need to create new accounts

STEP 3 Register all individual submissions and portfolios online by January 8, 2024

  • Make sure the submission has parent / guardian permission

STEP 4 Calculate the amount owed for all individual and portfolio submissions.

  • There is a submission fee of $10 per individual submission and $30 per portfolio.

  • Fee Waiver for eligible students are provided during the submission process on the National system.

  • Students who submit both a portfolio and individual works of art from their portfolio will have to pay both the portfolio fee and the fees for any individual submissions.

STEP 5 Submit individual & portfolio payments

  • School/Educator Checks by mail to:

Colorado Art Awards, Scholastics

11946 Spring Drive, Northglenn, CO 80233


Make checks payable to: Colorado Art Awards Inc.

Write the barcode(s) number of all submissions on the memo of the check

Submit payments in the mail no later than January 8, 2024

Do not mail cash


  • Art Portfolios (consisting of 6 individual works) may be submitted ONLY by graduating seniors

  • Review the National Guidelines

  • Seniors may submit up to two portfolios

  • Two statements for each portfolio:

    • Artist Statement: About the body of work​ only. Do not use self-identifying information in the statement.

    • Personal Statement: About the artist. You must tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.

  • Pieces that have been previously submitted and now included in a portfolio must include the words “former submission” on the submission form.



All educators and students will need to create a new account. No more forms, payment is embedded in national system. Bulk or school payments are still accepted.




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 shows skills being utilized to create something unique, powerful, and innovative.

Emergence of a Personal Voice or Vision

Work with an authentic and unique point of view and style.


Young artists and writers are free to explore any and all topics. There are no pre-defined prompts and no work is ever disqualified from the Scholastic Awards because of the nature of its content.

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