BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center is now accepting submissions for the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, a prestigious national recognition initiative for teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent.

Vermont students in grades 7-12 are invited to submit art and writing entries in 28 different categories, including comic art, ceramics and glass, digital art, architecture, painting, photography, video game, poetry, humor, dramatic script, science fiction, personal essay/memoir and more.

The deadline for submission is Dec. 31.

Students and teachers seeking guidelines or additional information can visit www.artandwriting.org or contact BMAC Education Curator Susan Calabria at 802-257-0124, ext. 102, or susan@brattleboromuseum.org.

"We believe the world needs both makers and breakers --those committed to expressing themselves creatively, who push the boundaries of expression and challenge the rest of us to do the same," said Virginia McEnerney, executive director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the nonprofit organization that administers the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. "These are the leaders of tomorrow who are learning right now, via the arts, to see the world differently and provide new ideas and visions. Through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, we’re proud to encourage them on their path to scholarships and the opportunity to showcase their work on a national level."

Since its founding in 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has developed a legacy of identifying the early promise of some of our nation’s most outstanding visionaries.

Notable past Award alumni include Truman Capote, Philip Pearlstein, Sylvia Plath, Andy Warhol, John Updike and Stephen King, who won when they were teens.

Vermont students may submit original works in any of the Awards’ 28 art and writing categories. All works are evaluated based on originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal vision or voice, first regionally through BMAC and then nationally by an impressive panel of creative-industry experts.

The deadline for art and writing submissions in Vermont is Dec. 31. Regional award winners will be announced by Jan. 29. A selection of award-winning work will be exhibited at BMAC for two weeks beginning Feb. 22, culminating in an Awards Ceremony on Saturday, March 8, at noon.

National award winners will be announced by the end of March.

Sponsors include Amy E. Tarrant Foundation, New Chapter and Cabot Creamery.