Since 1982, the Connecticut Writing Project at UConn has worked to improve writing instruction in Connecticut's schools.  To that end, the CWP sponsors several opportunities for teachers to engage in quality professional development and for both teachers and K-12 students to publish their writing.  Below are several forms for applying to some of these opportunities, including the Summer Institute, Connecticut Student Writers, and Letters About Literature.  Click the icon above to visit our website, or email us at cwp@uconn.edu.

The Connecticut Student Writers Contest
The Connecticut Writing Project (CWP) sponsors Connecticut Student Writers, a magazine established in 1987 by the CWP to honor excellence in writing by students from kindergarten through high school. The highlight of the publication process is the Student Recognition Night, a celebration hosted by the CWP on the UConn campus.
The magazine provides an arena for Connecticut students to present their original work in poetry or prose. The CSW provides validation of authorship from kindergarten through high school, as well as provides an opportunity for some students to present their work before a live audience. Through the CSW pages, Connecticut students recognize the importance of writing in their lives. For some, writing for the CSW offers the stepping stone for further literary endeavors.
Annually, over 1,500 students from across Connecticut submit entries vividly demonstrating their passion for the craft of writing. From this large pool of poetry, essays, stories, and drama, submissions in Poetry and Prose are chosen to be published or honored from each grade level.
On behalf of the dedicated volunteer teachers from all over the state who serve on the Selection Committee and who read through the many entries we receive every year, we proudly present below writers for this year's Connecticut Student Writers magazine.
The CSW Student Recognition Night for 2021 will be held on May 13, 2021, virtually from 5 to 7 PM (registration TBA). Selected writers have been chosen to read their winning entries, and all writers, featured artists, and their teachers will be honored and presented with certificates and copies of the magazine.
To submit, complete the electronic form here, or, if you would prefer to submit by mail, down load use this form and mail it in to us with your submission:  https://cwp.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/191/2020/10/CSW-2021-Submission-Form-Mailer-1.pdf

Letters About Literature
Connecticut
Please use this form to submit your entry for the 2020-21 Letters About Literature writing contest.
 

  • Before you submit your entry, please read the official rules and complete a consent form ( for students who are under the age of 13).
  • Teachers: Please see the Teaching Guide for instructions on submitting multiple entries on behalf of your students. When completing the address part of this form, please remember to use your school address and to enter the school name in "Address Line 1."
  • By completing this form, you are entering the Connecticut state competition. All Connecticut students chosen as state contest winners receive a monetary prize and state recognition. Visit https://education.uconn.edu/letters-about-literature-contest/ for more state recognition and contest details. 

 Letters About Literature is an annual writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Support for this program is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
 

Connecticut Writing Project at UConn