CSW Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines for Connecticut Student Writers - 2018

Electronic Submissions (click link to access online form) are preferred, but hard copies are also acceptable.

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 22, 2018.
  • Submissions should be typed in 12 point Times New Roman, in .doc or .docx (Microsoft Word) format.  PDF and handwritten pieces are also accepted.
  • Each piece must be accompanied by a signed submission form. The signature form is meant to confirm the originality of the work, and no work will be considered without one.
  • Teachers are encouraged to assist students in the selection of their submissions; however, class sets will not be accepted.

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.  If your entry is chosen to be published in the CSW magazine, then you will need to submit a hard copy of the permission form with written signatures at that time. Handwritten permission forms may be either 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