CALL FOR JURORS- The Scholastic Writing Awards of 2011

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers<> invites graduate students, educators, and literary professionals to judge for the Regional Scholastic Writing Awards. This is perfect for graduate students and other emerging literary professionals to gain valuable experience. Feel free to pass this invitation to others!

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is a national nonprofit organization that supports the creative work of young artists and writers in grades 7 – 12 through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program. In its 88-year history, The Awards have recognized some of our nation’s most celebrated writers, including Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, and Joyce Carol Oates. Please help us as we continue our search for the next generation of great writers.

§         Graduate Students: English, English Education, Creative Writing, Publishing, Journalism
§         Professionals in the Field: authors, writers, poets, publishers, journalists, librarians, non-profit arts administrators
§         Educators: middle/high school teachers, principals, university faculty, teaching artists

Two weekends (Sat. & Sun.):
§         January 15 & 16
§         February 5 & 6

Minimum of ONE 9 am to 5 pm day commitment requested (breakfast and lunch are provided).

A central Manhattan location (to be decided). Reading will take place at a college computer lab.

Writing jurors receive an honorarium of $10/hour.

If you would like to be a judge for The Scholastic Writing Awards, please answer the following questions (below) and email to by WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12.


1. Name:

2. Organization/University/Affiliation:

3. Cell Phone:

4. Email:

5. Briefly describe your expertise in the literary arts and/or attach a résumé:

Work from students in grades 7-12 is grouped into the following genres: dramatic script, humor, journalism, persuasive writing, memoir, poetry, science fiction/fantasy, short story, short short story, writing portfolio (general), writing portfolio (nonfiction)

6. Please list your TOP 5 preferred genres:

7. Tell us which days you are available:

§         Saturday, January 15
§         Sunday, January 16
§         Saturday, February 5
§         Sunday, February 6

8. Judging occurs on four days from 9 am to 5 pm. You may commit to 1, 2, 3, or 4 days. Total number of days you would like to commit:

We welcome your participation in the important task of reviewing writing from the country’s most creative and talented teenagers. Please contact us at if you have any questions.

Thank you for considering this request!

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I teach Shakespeare and the blue humanities at St. John's in New York City.

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