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

The Write On, Black Girl! Contest
  The Connecticut Writing Project (CWP) sponsors Connecticut Student Writers, a magazine established in 1987 by the CWP to honor excellence in writings by students from kindergarten through high school and college undergraduates. In keeping with the mission of the annual Connecticut Student Writers contest, Write On, Black Girl! provides a space for qualifying participants in Connecticut to submit their original poetry, prose, memoir or artwork to be considered for our publication. Write On, Black Girl! aims to provide authorial validation and recognize the importance of writing in their lives. For some, writing for Write On, Black Girl! will be a steppingstone for further literary endeavors. With the second issue, we will publish the second edition of Write On, Black Girl!, a collection of poetry, prose, memoir or artwork written by Black girls, Black trans-girls, and Black gender non-conforming folx across the United States in order to foreground their voices in discussions about American identity.

  We believe Write On, Black Girl! will provide publishing opportunities not only for participants in the state of Connecticut but also across the nation. From this large pool of poetry, essays, short stories, memoir, drama, and art, submissions are considered for publication by a panel of judges. And though we would like to publish all of the submissions, we must be selective.

Submission deadline extended to Saturday, May 11th, 2024!

Submission deadline is Monday, April 4th, 2025.
To submit, complete the electronic form here:

Connecticut Writing Project at UConn