CSW Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines for Connecticut Student Writers - 2023-24

Electronic Submissions through Submittable (click link to access online form) are the only way to submit. For younger students, teachers or parents can scan or take photos of student writing and upload them to Submittable.  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 by January 29, 2024.
  • Submissions should be typed in 12 point Times New Roman, in .doc or .docx (Microsoft Word) format.  PDFs will only be accepted for art work.
  • Each piece must be accompanied by signature from a parent or guardian. This 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: We are only using Submittable to accept electronic copies of student writing pieces.  


To submit work, click on this link for the electronic submission form on Submittable.

Questions may be e-mailed to: