CSW Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines for Connecticut Student Writers - 2021

Electronic Submissions (click link to access online form) are preferred, but hard copies are also acceptable. Before submitting, please review the Connecticut Writing Project's privacy policy which you can find here.

We are currently accepting entries in the following categories:

  • Poetry - A work of distinctive style or rhythm that pays special attention to language.
    • sonnets, villanelles, blank verse, free verse, shape poem etc
  • Fiction - A narrative work of make-believe
    • Examples include: short story, vignette, or flash fiction.
  • Non-fiction - A work of fact or truth
    • Examples include: memoir, short moment story, or expository piece, etc.
  • Art - a two-dimensional creative visual piece or a photograph of a three-dimensional piece.
    • Examples include: collage, painting, drawing, photography, etc.
      • Please do not submit pencil drawings or sketches, as they do not print well
      • Electronic artwork submissions should be in .jpeg or .png format
      • Original artwork is accepted but cannot be returned

Other important notes:

  • Due to the volume of entries that we receive each year, we are asking students to limit their submissions to one piece per category.
  • Entries should not exceed 1,500 words
  • Entries must be submitted electronically or post-marked by January 18, 2021.
  • Submissions should be typed in 12 point Times New Roman, in .doc or .docx (Microsoft Word) format.  PDFs will NOT be accepted.
  • Each piece must be accompanied by a signed submission/permission form. The signature form is meant to confirm the originality of the work and to confirm parental permission to publish student work, name, and school information in the magazine and on our website, and no work will be considered without one.
  • Teachers are encouraged to assist students in the selection of their submissions.

NOTE: As of 2016, we have begun accepting both student writing and permission forms electronically using the form on our website. If you complete an electronic form, you must type in any/all teachers' names and all boxes must be checked.  Because parental/guardian consent is essential, you will need to submit a permission form with written signatures. Handwritten permission forms may be uploaded, mailed, or scanned and e-mailed to cwp@uconn.edu.


To submit work, click on the links above for either the electronic submission form or the printable submission form.

Submissions may also be e-mailed to:


or mailed to:

Connecticut Student Writers/CWP
Department of English, University of Connecticut
215 Glenbrook Road, Unit 4025
Storrs, CT 06269-4025