Scholastic Writing Awards

Nebraska Scholastic Writing Awards

Congratulations to our National Medalists!

National writing award recipients have been announced for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and five students from Nebraska have been named National Medalists. Students will receive national medals as part of the country’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative students in grades 7-12.

Students receiving national awards are listed alphabetically below:

  • Olivia Achtemeier of Beatrice, in Science Fiction & Fantasy winning a Silver Medal.
  • Daisy Friedman of Omaha, in Poetry, winning an American Voices Medal and Gold Medal.
  • Emma Mirnics of Omaha, in Short Story, winning a Silver Medal.
  • Ellen Pan of Lincoln, in Personal Essay & Memoir, winning a Silver Medal.
  • Jingming Yu of Lincoln, in Poetry, winning a Gold Medal.

Congratulations to the 2019-20 Award Recipients!

2020 Writing Award book coverHastings College recognized 18 outstanding young writers from across Nebraska in its inaugural year as an affiliate of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the country’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative students in grades 7-12. Scholastic Writing Awards.

Award recipients, along with their families and educators, were recognized at a regional Awards Ceremony at Hastings College on Monday, February 17. The event featured Matt Mason, the Nebraska State Poet, as the keynote speaker, as well as a dinner for invited guests.

Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention works will be available in a publication from Hastings College Press, and Gold Key works will advance to national adjudication.

Recipients are listed alphabetically below.

Congratulations to all recipients and thank you to everyone who submitted an entry!

  • Olivia Achtemeier of Beatrice: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Gold Key; Poetry, Silver Key
  • Landon Boettcher of Franklin: Novel Writing, Honorable Mention
  • Tess Bowler of Omaha: Personal Essay & Memoir, Silver Key
  • Daisy Friedman of Omaha: Poetry, American Voices Nominee, Gold Key, and Silver Key; Personal Essay & Memoir, Silver Key
  • Malik Gillespie of Omaha: Writing Portfolio, Silver Key; Critical Essay, Silver Key; Poetry, Silver Key; Flash Fiction, Honorable Mention
  • Elizabeth Grantham of Omaha: Flash Fiction, American Voices Nominee and Gold Key; Science Fiction & Fantasy, Honorable Mention; Poetry, Honorable Mention
  • Alia Hirsbrunner of Lincoln: Flash Fiction, Silver Key and Honorable Mention
  • Kylie Ketelsen of Omaha: Poetry, Honorable Mention
  • Jayden Leonard of Hebron: Critical Essay, Honorable Mention
  • Emma Mirnics of Omaha: Writing Portfolio, Gold Key; Short Story, American Voices Nominee and Gold Key; Poetry, Honorable Mention
  • Maryam Muayad of Lincoln: Poetry, Silver Key
  • Ellen Pan of Lincoln: Personal Essay & Memoir, American Voices Nominee, Gold Key, and Honorable Mention; Short Story, Silver Key; Science Fiction & Fantasy, Honorable Mention
  • Alora Schneider of Lincoln: Poetry, Silver Key
  • Eddie Schweikert of Omaha: Humor, Silver Key; Writing Portfolio, Honorable Mention
  • Jenna Smith of Lincoln: Poetry, Silver Key
  • Clarissa Tan of Lincoln: Critical Essay, Gold Key
  • Elise Vahle of Grand Island: Poetry, Honorable Mention
  • Jingming Yu of Lincoln: Poetry, American Voices Nominee, Gold Key and Honorable Mention

Calling all Nebraska student writers who are at least 13 and in grades 7-12!

Submit your writing to the Nebraska Scholastic Writing Awards by December 12, 2019.

This is a fantastic opportunity to have your creative voice recognized!

The Scholastic Writing Awards look for work that demonstrates originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

Student entries will be judged by Hastings College faculty and students. Entries will be given Honorable Mention, Silver Key or Gold Key distinction, with students being notified in January 2020.

Awards will be presented in the spring during an event at Hastings College.

Gold Key work will then advance to national adjudication to receive Gold Medals or Silver Medals. National Medalists’ works are published in national publications and on the Alliance’s website, Select writing is published in The Best Teen Writing annual anthology.

Submission Fee

The Scholastic Writing Awards has a $7.00 fee per individual submission, although there is a fee waiver process and form. Details on process can be found on the awards entry page.

Background on the Awards

Celebrate Your Voice poster imageHastings College is an affiliate partner of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, which allows Hastings College to manage the Nebraska Scholastic Writing Awards.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program was established in 1923 by Maurice R. Robinson, the founder of Scholastic Inc. It identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic or literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience.

Hastings College and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers are distributing information to schools to announce the annual call for submissions, and will provide support to educators, students and parents during the submission process.

All works are blindly adjudicated first on a regional level by more than 100 local affiliates of the Alliance, and then nationally by an impressive panel of industry experts.

The Alliance strives to teach young students to develop a strong creative capacity along with celebrating the role of art and literature in society.