art & writing awards

Studyblr Introduction!

Hey everyone!  I’m Eva, and I recently restarted my blog and my study schedule, so now I’m ready to fully introduce myself to the community!

About me: 

  • I’m a rising freshman in high school (I’m officially starting on the 5th!)
  • I’m fully bilingual in English and Spanish (but I’d love to learn a lot more languages!)
  • I’m a member of the Scholastic Art and Writing Award family
  • I was team captain on my school’s state chemistry bowl team last year 
  • I teach young children how to read and write, as well as tutor math to high school students
  • I studied automotive/transportation design and anatomical structure this past summer at one of America’s best universities for design (gotta love those summer internships haha)


  • I love the STEM field!  I plan on going into the medicine field for neurological studies or cardiovascular surgery (in short I just want to be either a neurosurgeon/cardiovascular surgeon hahaha)
  • BOOKS BURY ME WITH MY BOOKS haha some of my favorite books are The Kite Runner, When Breath Becomes Air, The Gene, and The Girls!
  • Art is one of my passions that I’ve held with me throughout my entire childhood!  I actually wanted to be a cartoonist for a living from age 7 to at least 11 haha
  • Alternative/indie music is my lifeblood but I honestly really like 80s bands like Tears for Fears and Van Halen
  • I’m pretty tiny but I enjoy lifting weights and exercising (mainly in the summer though, I can’t do pushups during deadline weeks haha)
  • Speaking of deadlines, I’m a staff writer on my school’s newspaper!  We’re the only weekly student-run newspaper in our state, so it’s safe to say that I spend at least 90% of my time in the staff room finishing up stories (help us we’re so busy)

Current Classes:

I’m actually skipping a lot of grades so I’m taking the average sophomore/junior curriculum for my school;

  • Honors Drawing and Painting 1
  • Honors Biology
  • Honors Spanish 3
  • Advanced Journalism 1
  • Honors Freshman English (required for all incoming freshman)
  • Honors Geometry
  • Honors World History and Geography


  • I plan on using this blog as a source of motivation!
  • I’d really like to land on the 4.00+ Honor Roll at my school
  • I’d also like to be a National AP Scholar maybe?? At the very least I’d like to know that I did my best!
  • It’d be really fun to do the 100 Days of Productivity Challenge!
  • More original posts!! Maybe a desk/backpack tour (despite both being really tiny in comparison to everyone else’s haha) or a study-with-me video?

Favorite Studyblrs (Not Limited To!):

@studyquill @studyign @legallychic @focusign @eruditekid @studypool

That’s all I’ve got to say honestly!  My inbox is always open if anyone has any questions/is interested in talking, don’t hesitate to reach out!  Be sure to like/reblog so that I can check out your blog (I need to follow more people lol). Thanks everyone!


The Pastels (Full Pilot Animated Short)

Blu is working on an art project he plans to enter in a Multi-Artist Competition… but, to his dismay, it appears some of his friends have some suggestions on how to make it look better. Oh dear…

This is an animated short I worked for several months on at Dixie Hollins High School at The Academy of Entertainment Arts. It was entered in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. It won a Gold Key award in Film & Animation and I am glad to be able to present to you the product presented!

I did the art, voice acting, and music for this animation. If I were to ever do more with this IP, I plan to make the animation cleaner, get more voice actors for the characters, and maybe aim this towards a general audience.

A personal note~~

Thank you so much to those of you who voted for my stories in the Gochi Awards.  It really means a lot that you’ve enjoyed what I’ve written.  I hope everyone who participated got something out of this, whether it was discovering new fics or art, sharing already known ones with others in the community, the excitement of being nominated or choosing your nominees…the point of this was to have fun.  

This was sort of an experimental idea, but I feel like it worked out really well.  I’m currently debating whether to continue The Gochi Awards as a yearly tradition or just to enjoy having done this as a one-time thing, so if you have any feedback, let me know.

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William Saroyan

William Saroyan was an Armenian dramatist and writer. He is recognized as “one of the most prominent literary figures of the mid-20th century Stephen Fry describes Saroyan as ”one of the most underrated writers of the century.“ Fry suggests that ”he takes his place naturally alongside Hemingway, Steinbeck and Faulkner.

In 1979, William Saroyan was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1940, and in 1943 won the Academy Award for Best Story for the film adaptation of his novel The Human Comedy

His writings were greatly influenced by his Armenian heritage and the Armenian community in California, especially Fresno, where he was born and raised. Saroyan wrote extensively about the Armenian life in California. 

He was born 1908 in Fresno, California, to Armenak and Takoohi Saroyan, both ethnic Armenians who fled from the Ottoman Empire. His father was a priest in the Armenian Apostolic Church but died when Saroyan was about three years old. Saroyan was put in an orphanage togheter with the rest of his siblings untill his mother found a job five years later.

Influenced by his late father’s writings, Saroyan was eager to become an author himself. At first he wrote under the pseudonym Sirak Goryan for various publications such as the Armenian  Hairenik newspaper. His career saw a breakthrough in 1934 with ‘The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze’ about a writer during the depression era. He served in the US army during World War II yet his novel 'The Adventures of Wesley Jackson’ almost got him into trouble for advocating pacifism. He moved to Paris in the 1950s, where he spent most of his money drinking and gambling. He also travelled throughout Europe and the USSR. Spending much time in Armenia. His optimistic and impressionistic style of writing went on to be known as 'Saroyanesque’. Some of his best known work are My Heart’s in the Highlands (1939), The Time of Your Life (1939), The Human Comedy (1943), My Name is Aram (1940) etc.The Saroyanesque style explores a very unique style of storytelling, one that does not necessitate conflict for engaging drama or prose. 

Saroyan has several statues, streets and theaters named after him around the world but mostly in the United States and Armenia.

Saroyan has two children, Aram, who later also became a writer, and Lucy, who went on to be an actress. He died in 1981 in Fresno at the age of 72. He was cremated and his ashes were buried in California whilst his heart was buried in Armenia.

“The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.” 

― William Saroyan, My Heart’s in the Highlands

Art competitions/scholarships?

I was wondering if you have any information on choosing online art competitions or any art scholarships. I didn’t know who else to ask besides an artist refs blog! If you can help or post if someone else knows that would be great! I really need this!

Not sure I understand… you mean like, competitions to win a scholarship? I’m sorry, I don’t know :/

abaven answered:

Google has an art scholarship competition (Doodle 4 Google). I don’t know all the details, but basically they give you a topic and you design a Google logo out of it. It’s for anyone K-12, and one of the scholarships is worth $30k.

the-mirrors-wish answered:

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is rather sporadic and subjective in it’s judging, but it’s an easy way to start - especially if you’re going through an art program at school.

section-14 answered:

Many groups and organizations do this different. There is the standard award for wining. Then in some cases, despite how you place, you get nominated for a grant/scholarship that are supplied by a sponsor or supporter.

Look, I may have already posted this piece of art a long time ago, but today, I just got word from my teacher that the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have already judged the 2015 submissions and THIS WAS THE ONLY ART PIECE OUT OF THE 8 I SUBMITTED THAT GOT A SILVER KEY AWARD.



by Meggie Royer

“We are the daughters of the feminists who said, ‘You can be anything,’ and we heard, ‘You have to be everything.’”

-Courtney Martin

I know I don’t have to be everything. But sometimes, admittedly, it still feels that way. As someone who works three jobs (author, small business owner, and groundskeeper at my college) while also managing my own magazine, volunteering for two other magazines, attending college as a full-time student, and going to treatment twice a week, it’s almost impossible not to feel pressured to be everything. In this day and age, being busy has become an art. The art of sleep deprivation, the art of I can work longer and better than you, the art of I have two internships and you only have one, etc. In some sense, we are all continually forcing each other to be everything.

But as a young businesswoman and advocate for the rights of survivors of abuse and mental health issues, I want more understanding. I want more people to understand that I can’t be everything all the time. I can’t answer every single question that gets thrown at me on my writing blog, or send out every print and mug and poster exactly on time. I can’t always answer business emails the same day they reach my inbox, or always get back to you about that play or class project or debate you want to use one of my writings for. I wish I could. But sometimes just getting out of bed is enough for one day.

My business and my craft might directly correlate with one another, and each one is not possible without the other, but that sometimes the business side of my writing will outweigh the actual creating side. Bills need to be paid. Still, not a day goes by that someone doesn’t remind me that “You used to write so often, now it’s all self-promotion and discount codes and marketing pitches.” Sometimes that’s really just the way it has to be.  

I hear from so many other young female writers that they want to be “famous,” or more known than they already are, why is it taking so long, why are there so many things in the way, why can’t they just be somebody by now for goodness sake?

The answer is that they already are. We women, we struggling young women, who do the dishes and go to school, have arguments with our lovers, sift through spreadsheet after spreadsheet, manage meetings, fall asleep in the middle of the afternoon, forget how to laugh, we are beautiful in all our disarray. All our muddled selves. All our confusion at how life works and how to make it big, or make it better. We need to give ourselves a break too.

Instead of telling ourselves we need to do everything, we need to tell ourselves we are doing the best we can.

Meggie Royer is a writer and photographer from the Midwest who is currently majoring in Psychology at Macalester College. Her poems have previously appeared in Words Dance Magazine, Winter Tangerine Review, Chanter Literary Magazine, Literary Sexts Volume 1, Hooligan Magazine, and Rib Cage Chicago Literary Magazine. In March 2013 she won a National Gold Medal for her poetry collection and a National Silver Medal for her writing portfolio in the 2013 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. She also has two published poetry books, Survival Songs and Healing Old Wounds with New Stitches.

Five individuals have been selected as winners of the 2015 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition.  The Academy is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the global competition which aims to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters.  Each winner will receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at an awards presentation on Wednesday, November 4, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  For the third consecutive year, the event also will include a live read of selected scenes from the fellows’ winning scripts. .

This year’s winners are (listed alphabetically by author):

Elizabeth Chomko, “What They Had”

Andrew Friedhof, “Great Falls”

Anthony Grieco, “Best Sellers”

Sam Regnier, “Free Agent”

Amy Tofte, “Addis Abeka”

A total of 7,442 scripts were submitted for this year’s competition. Ten individual screenwriters and two writing teams were chosen as finalists.  Their scripts were then read and judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, who ultimately chose the winners.

The other finalists are (listed alphabetically by author):

Ghazi Albuliwi, “Arafat”

Jennifer Bailey and Max Lance, ”Best Funeral Ever”

Ryan Covington, “The Secrets We Keep”

Lynn Esta Goldman, “Angel on the Wall”

Murat Izmirli, “Grimwood”

Suzanne Kelman and Susannah Rose Woods, “Held”

Augustus Rose, “Far from Cool”

Fellowships are awarded with the understanding that the recipients will each complete a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year.  The Academy acquires no rights to the works of Nicholl fellows and does not involve itself commercially in any way with their completed scripts

The Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee is chaired by writer Robin Swicord, and marketing executive Buffy Shutt serves as vice chair.  The other members of the committee are writers Tina Gordon Chism, Naomi Foner, Eric Roth, Kirsten Smith, Dana Stevens and Tyger Williams; actor Eva Marie Saint; cinematographer John Bailey; executive Marcus Hu; producers Stephanie Allain, Albert Berger, Julia Chasman, Julie Lynn and Peter Samuelson; and agent Ron Mardigian.

Since 1986, 142 fellowships have been awarded, and in 2015 several past fellows added to their feature film and television credits:  

  • Nikole Beckwith directed “Stockholm, Pennsylvania,” from her Nicholl-winning script, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
  • Robert Edwards wrote and directed “When I Live My Life Over Again,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.”
  • Patrick Gilfillan wrote “Lila & Eve,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
  • Kurt Kuenne edited and co-wrote the documentary “Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard around the World,” which premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival.
  • Alfredo Botello was a co-writer of “Hollywood Adventures,” which opened as the number-one film in China in June.
  • Rebecca Sonnenshine is a writer and supervising producer on “The Vampire Diaries.”
  • Annmarie Morais is a writer on the series “Killjoys.”
  • Andrew Marlowe is the creator and executive producer, and Terri Miller is an executive producer, on “Castle,” now in its eighth season

Tickets for the 2015 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read are now available at  Casting for the live read will be announced at a later date.  

“I try for a poetic language that says, This is who we are, where we have been, where we are. This is where we must go. And this is what we must do.”

Poet and writer Mari Evans initially gained fame in 1970 when her second collection of poetry, I Am a Black Woman, was published. “The volume heralded the arrival of a poet who took her subject matter from the black community,” Wallace R. Peppers wrote in Dictionary of Literary Biography, “and who celebrated its triumphs, especially the focus on the beauty of blackness that characterized the black arts and civil rights movements, and who would mourn its losses, especially the deaths of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.” Since then, Evans has published several volumes of poetry and children’s books, and written for television, radio, and the theater. Her work has appeared in over 30 textbooks and has been translated into several languages, including German, Swedish, French, and Dutch.

Evans was born on July 16, 1923, in Toledo, Ohio. As she was growing up, her father was her greatest influence. Evans recalled in the essay “My Father’s Passage,” which was included in Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation, that her father saved her “first printed story, a fourth-grade effort accepted by the school paper, and carefully noted on it the date, our home address, and his own proud comment.” After attending public school in Toledo, Evans enrolled at the University of Toledo, where she majored in fashion design. However, the subject did not hold her attention for long, and she left without taking a degree.

Beginning in the mid-1960s, Evans began to make her name in the public arena. From 1965 to 1966, she was a John Hay Whitney fellow. Three years later, she received a Woodrow Wilson Foundation grant. From 1968 to 1973, Evans was the producer, director, and writer for the highly acclaimed television program “The Black Experience” for WTTV in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In 1968, Evans published her first volume of poetry, Where Is All the Music? Like many African American poets of the time, she celebrated her heritage while rejecting the conciliatory attitude of African American poets from the 1920s and 1930s. “Though she was born during the Harlem Renaissance, Mari Evans’ poetry reveals little of the inclination toward compromise with white values and forms that was cherished by most black intellectuals of that period,” Alan R. Shu-card wrote in Contemporary Poets. “Quite the contrary, her work is informed by the uncompromising black pride that burgeoned in the 1960s.” In the poem “Who Can Be Born Black,” Evans showed her awareness of the differences between Harlem Renaissance poets and poets of her own generation. Evans’ poem is a response to Countee Cullen’s mid-1920s sonnet, “Yet Do I Marvel,” a long list of the horrors God has created, the worst of which is “To make a poet black, and bid him sing.” In contrast, Evans wrote, “Who/can be born black/and not/sing/the wonder of it/the joy/the/challenge… Who/can be born black/and not exult!”

In 1970 Evans published her second poetry collection entitled I Am a Black Woman, which brought her wide critical attention, and an award for the most distinguished book of poetry by an Indiana writer. Each of the poems in the collection is written from the viewpoint of a different character, and marked her movement toward more politically-based poetry. This is most evident in her third volume of poetry, Night star: 1973-1978, which was published in 1981. “At the heart of Mari Evans’ Nightstar is a questioning of the ways in which we know ourselves and are known, and a recognition of the subtleties of identity,” Romey T. Keys wrote in the book’s introduction. “Her language can compass a range of people and things, sounds and sights, places and times.”

Evans launched her academic career in 1969, which has included positions at several prestigious universities. From 1969 to 1970, she was an instructor in African American literature and writer in residence at Indiana University-Purdue. The following year, Evans moved to Bloomington, Indiana, and accepted a job as assistant professor of African American literature and writer in residence at Indiana University. She taught at Indiana University until 1978. From 1972 to 1973, she combined her job at Indiana University with an appointment as a visiting assistant professor at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Her academic career continued with teaching appointments at Purdue University from 1978 to 1980, at Washington University in St. Louis in 1980, at Cornell University from 1981 to 1985, and at the State University of New York-Albany from 1985 to 1986. Evans has also taught at Miami University-Coral Gables, and Spelman College in Atlanta.

Apart from the world of academia, Evans has served as a consultant to several organizations. From 1969 to 1970 she worked with the Discovery Grant Program for the National Endowment for the Arts. She also served as a consultant in ethnic studies for the Bobbs-Merrill Publishing Company from 1970 to 1973.

In addition to poetry, Evans has written plays, essays, and short fiction. Choreographed versions of two of her plays, A Hand Is on the Gate and Walk Together Children, have had successful off-Broadway runs. She has written several books for children, including J.D.(1973),/ Look at Me! (1974), Singing Black (1976), and Jim Flying High (1979). Evans also edited an anthology, Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation, which was published in 1984.

By the mid-1980s, Evans’ place in the annals of African American literature was assured. As Peppers wrote in Dictionary of Literary Biography: “Her volumes of poetry, her books for adolescents, her work for television and other media, and her recently published volume on black women writers between 1950 and 1980 ensure her a lasting place among those who have made significant contributions to Afro-American life and culture.” Evans now writes children’s books that concentrate on black history and culture for the younger population.  The most important of her countless awards for writing came in 1981 when she received the National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Award.  Evans’ impact on Africa was reflected in 1997 when the Ugandan government issued a commemorative postage stamp in her honor. Mari Evans is also an activist for prison reform, and is against corporal punishment. She currently works with theater groups and local community organizations.


so in december, I entered a regional competition called the scholastic art and writing awards with a self portrait called #no filter…


I GOT A GOLD KEY WHICH IS LIKE THE BEST AWARD YOU CAN GET! Now, my piece is entered in a national competition with all the other people who got Gold Keys. 


here is the piece:


says her pussy tastes like Pepsi-Cola.

Years of salt and strain have feathered mine

into a canyon bearing blood.

Once a week, he feeds me through the door,

porterhouse steak sliced sideways,

glass of milk sweating beads of ice.

I sleep wound in an American flag,

mountains outside the crack of window

being embalmed in moonlight.

If I was not born to die,

I was born for this.

To give whatever he demands,

be it a little toe or my whole body,

until the bedsprings break

and my final spells have been cast.

About: Meggie Royer is a writer and photographer from the Midwest who is currently majoring in Psychology at Macalester College. Her poems have previously appeared in Words Dance Magazine, Winter Tangerine Review, Electric Cereal, and more. In March 2013 she won a National Gold Medal for her poetry collection and a National Silver Medal for her writing portfolio in the 2013 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Her work can be found at


Failed poets often make the best writers of prose because their writing comes compellingly close to recreating the reality of human experience that you feel an almost spiritual communion with their words. The blank page before them demands definition, demands that they bare their soul rather than trade the truthful conflict of their poetry for romantic delusions, for shameless lies.
—  “As Thin of Substance as the Air?” by Matthew Llarena, from What We Remember, What We Forget: The Best Young Writers and Artists in America

“Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.”

— Maya Angelou

Why Moving to New York City Was the Best and Worst Decision of My Life | Eden Ariel

I did not, technically, come to New York completely fresh faced. A Westchester County native, the big city was always only an hour or so’s train ride away, and I even had an internship a few days a week on the upper west side at the end of my senior year.

But none of it could have prepared me for actually moving there.

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Eden Ariel lives in New York City. Her creative writing has been published in the Claremont Review, Navigating the Maze, Parallel Ink, Canvas Magazine, and more, and she has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. She can frequently be found wandering around late at night staring at the sky and wondering if she is in a dream. She is also an aspiring singer-songwriter.