Is the world ready for what you have to say? The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers just might think so...and they'd be willing to put their money where your mouth is.
The 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition is now open. Since 1923, The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers has brought "teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent...to a national audience." They're also the largest source of scholarships for teenagers of the creative persuasion in the United States.
And it's not just about poetry or essays. The award categories include such written works as dramatic script, science fiction/fantasy, novel writing (Hello, NANOWRIMO!), journalism and more. They ALSO want your artwork, be it sculpture, jewelry, video game, photography, fashion design...the list goes on and on.
In a nutshell, if you're at all creative and in grades 7-12, this is the program for you. "Deadlines for submitting work vary by region and generally range from December 15, 2011 through January 15, 2012." So get on it, get creative, and let the world know what you have to say.