NJCTE High School Writing Contest

Poet BJ Ward at the 2013 reception.  Photo courtesy of Kristine Mintel
Poet BJ Ward at the 2013 reception. Photo courtesy of Kristine Mintel

The winners of the 2014 High School Writing Contest have been determined.  The overall winners and school-wide winners will be posted shortly.


If you have any questions about how to participate in the 2015 contest whether as a young author, as a judge,  or as a member of the committee that runs our contest, you may contact Michele Marotta, NJCTE Writing Awards Chairperson at michele.marie.marotta@gmail.com.


About our Contest:

This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the New Jersey Council of Teachers of English Student Writing Contest.  This contest is open to all New Jersey students grades 9 to 12, whether they attend public or private schools. Home schooled students may also submit.



New Jersey Council of Teachers of English (Contest Sponsor) -www.njcte.com


Organizations helping to support and sponsor this contest:

National Council of Teachers of English - www.ncte.org


The Dodge Foundation - The Dodge Poetry Festival  - www.dodgepoetry.org


The Governor's Awards in Arts Education http://artsednj.org/governors.asp


Poets House   www.poetshouse.org


Guest Poets at the NJCTE Student Writing Awards Reception: 


2007         Edwin Romond                2010      Martin Farawell

 2008         BJ Ward                         2011      Joe Weil 

 2009        Peter Murphy                   2012      Cat Doty

                                                     2013      BJ Ward


Instructions to Enter the 2014 High School Writing Contest: 

1)  Download the contest brochure from this site.  This document outlines the contest rules. 

2)  Complete the registration form. Any entry without a corresponding registration form will be immediately disqualified.

3)  After completing the registration form e-mail the entry to the genre curators/coordinators. You will find the e-mail addresses to use at the end of the registration form.

a.  Remember that no personal information should appear on your entry, especially no teacher, school or class information.  Our judges need to judge anonymous works.

b.  You will be sending your entry as an electronic attachment to an e-mail.  Your document must be in either in Word or PDF format.

c.   In the memo of your e-mail, type the title of your work (use the first 5 words if there is no title), the genre of the piece, and your last name.  You may include in the e-mail message itself a contact phone number where you can be reached if the curator has any questions. 

d. Use the e-mail addresses below for each genre:

  Short Story:   michele.marie.marotta@gmail.com

   Poetry: kwebber@unioncatholic.org; michele.marie.marotta@gmail.com

   Essay:   susan.lynn.reese@gmail.com; michele.marie.marotta@gmail.com

4) If you have any questions, you may contact  Michele Marotta, NJCTE Writing Contest Coordinator at michele.marie.marotta@gmail.com.  All entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. December 17, 2013.


Directions to the 2014 Contest Reception, Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Union Catholic H.S.

Use this link to access directions to Union Catholic High School.