NJCTE Writing Awards Mission Statement

The primary goal of the NJCTE High School Writing Contest is to encourage New Jersey students to write independently and well in response to a challenge outside of the classroom.  We also provide support for teachers to help their students grow as independent thinkers and writers.  We focus on guiding students to discover their voice as they draft and submit poetry, short stories, and personal essays. 

Growth in self-awareness, and perseverance in visiting and re-visiting individual literary works to prepare them for entry in a competition – these are stepping stones to student success in other forms of writing and literacy, including those found in the Core Curriculum Standards.