Is your son or daughter an inspiring poet?  A good writer?  A talented artist?  Time to enter a contest and show the world these talents!  Today’s Thoughtful Thursday showcases a few contests your creative children may want to enter. Click on the links for more details.

National Poetry Month Poster Contest: Students in grades 9 through 12  can enter artwork to be considered for the official April 2020 National Poetry Month poster. The winning poster  will be sent to 100,000 libraries, schools, bookstores, and community centers nationwide and made available by download on The winning student will receive $500, a $500 gift certificate for art materials and more.  The student will also be featured in American Poets magazine. Submissions will be accepted online between September 1 and October 25, 2019. 


Scholastic Art and Writing Awards: The Alliance for Young Artists & Writer annually partners with more than 100 visual arts and literary arts organizations across the country to bring the Scholastic Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7–12 (ages 13 and up) can apply in 29 categories of art and writing. Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.  Interested students should create an account on the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards website and look for the requests for submissions in their regions.  The deadline for art and writing submissions for the NYC region is December 3, 2019.


National Youth Foundation Writing Contests:  The National Youth Foundation  sponsors two writing contests for young students. They collaborate with professional athletes from the NFL and the NBA, to create the Student Book Scholars team writing contest.  Students in grades K-8 work in individually or teams to create a book that focuses on a specific theme; this year’s theme is bullying.  The winning book is published and the winner/winning team receives $500 for the team and $250 for the teacher or advisor. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2020.  The  Foundation also sponsors the 2020 Amazing Women’s Edition Contest student book competition for students in grades K-8.  All entries for this contest must focus on the theme of local heroines; students are encouraged to write about women in their communities. Prizes include $500 for the student(s), $250 for the teacher or parent advisor, and the book is published and donated to schools and libraries across the country. The deadline for submissions is January 6, 2020.

Share this info with your creative children–encourage them to enter one or more of these contests!