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Scholastic Art + Writing Competition

The Annual Greater Cleveland Scholastic Art + Writing Competition and Exhibition 

Students and their families admiring work on display during the Scholastic Art and Writing reception.

December 18, 2023 UPDATE

We at the Cleveland Institute of Art met with leaders from The Scholastic Alliance for Young Artists & Writers on Thursday. We were joined by scores of fellow Scholastic Art & Writing Competition affiliate institutions from across the country that share our—and your—frustrations with the 2024 competition.
Frankly, the picture painted by Alliance leadership didn't inspire confidence. Though they extended deadlines and pledged to work as hard as possible, they would not commit to a timeline for fixing the issues that have plagued the new submission portal for months.
Despite this uncertainty, one thing is clear: CIA remains committed to the students, families and educators of the Greater Cleveland Region. And, for the sake of this community, CIA intends to continue with the 2024 Scholastic Art & Writing Competition & Exhibition. Simply put, the time, talent, effort and creativity put in by everyone is too great to not be honored and celebrated.

In response, CIA has extended the Greater Cleveland Region's submission deadline to 11:59pm Thursday, February 1. 

We realize this isn't ideal, but we're grateful for your continued patience as well as your understanding that much of this is out of CIA's control. What we can control, however, is the College's commitment to supporting artists at every stage of their career—which is why it's so important to CIA to continue with the 2024 Scholastic Art & Writing Competition & Exhibition. We're glad you're joining us.

Important Dates

Thursday, February 1, 2024: Submission deadline, all forms and payments due by 11:59pm

Friday, March 22, 2024: Art & Writing award notifications (anticipated)

May 18 — June 1, 2024: Exhibition on view in CIA's Reinberger Gallery

Saturday, June 1, 2024: Exhibition Closing Celebration + Ice Cream Social (additional details will be shared at a later date)


Each year the Cleveland Institute of Art hosts the Scholastic Art & Writing Competition that recognizes creative achievement in 7-12 grade students. The young artists and writers compete for cash prizes, medals, and scholarship awards. A panel of local professional artists, art educators, writers, and writing educators jury the exhibit and select the awarded pieces from nearly 2,000 entries. Students who receive Gold Key Awards for individual works and portfolios continue to the national competition held each spring in New York City.

Since its start in 1927, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have acted as a venue for the community to view the exceptional creative work of public, private, and home-schooled students from the Greater Cleveland area. It also provides students, parents, and art instructors an opportunity to understand the importance of developing and encouraging creativity. Art & Writing alumni include Cy Twombly, Truman Capote, Robert Redford, Andy Warhol, Stephen King, and Sylvia Plath.

Learn more about the Scholastic Art + Writing Competition and Exhibition.

For Students

Public, private, or home-school students in the U.S., Canada, or American schools in the rest of the world enrolled in grades 7–12 (ages 13 and up) are eligible to participate in the Scholastic Awards. CIA hosts the Greater Cleveland Region, which includes Cuyahoga, Geauga, and Lake County schools. If you reside in a different county you can check the affiliate listing to find your region. The submission deadline is Thursday, February 1, 2024. To learn more about how to create a student account and submit pieces, visit the Art & Writing website.

For Educators

Teachers will need to create a new account each year. Once this first step is completed you can begin linking students and their work to your account. Educators will sign each submission form (along with parents and students), and can submit bulk submission fee payments through a purchase order or school payment. 

Submissions and Payments

Submission fees are $10 per individual submission and $30 per portfolio.

Students and educators should check to see if the school or organization they attend will cover the submission fee. 

Online payments for submissions can be made via credit card in your student or educator Scholastic account.

Please make checks payable to: Cleveland Institute of Art

Schools or organizations may submit a purchase order to cover the cost of the submission fees. Teachers paying for multiple students should use the invoice tool found in their educator account in creating their purchase order for submission.

Fee waiver forms for those who are eligible are available through your student account, and a separate form is required for each submission.

All submission fees, waiver forms, and submission forms must be received by February 1. All forms must be submitted digitally, and payment can be made digitally, or by mail in or drop off with a check or purchase order.

Office hours are:
Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Office of Continuing Education + Community Outreach
Room 118
11610 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106

Phone: 216.421.7460

All submission forms and payment are due Thursday, February 1 by 11:59pm.

For more information:

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2024 Scholastic Art + Writing Competition

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