NJCTE’s 2021 Writing Contest is open!

The New Jersey Council of Teachers of English
invites New Jersey students in Grades 9-12 to participate in this year’s Writing Contest

“Narrative Time Capsule – 2021”

Submission Deadline: December 30, 2021, at 12:01 am

All categories of writing must respond to the theme “Narrative Time Capsule, 2021.”

Personal Essays
5-page maximum, double-spaced

Short Stories: 
5-page maximum, double-spaced

Any style, does not have to be in narrative form but must respond to prompt (50-lines maximum)

Writing Prompt
Write a poem, personal essay, or short story that creates a time capsule for 2021. 

Beginning at the end of 2019, the world was rocked by the coronavirus. A pandemic brought new practices, procedures, and values to our lives. How did you, your family, school, or community deal with the pandemic? 

Future generations may ask what life was really like learning from home, wearing a mask, and social distancing. Time capsules are a unique way of collecting evidence. Time capsules are an opportunity to find or express what is important at a designated time and place in life. Through your short story or personal essay submission, create a narrative time capsule account that lets the reader experience the changes you felt during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Visit njcte.org for further details and to submit your students’ work!

NJCTE’s 2021 Writing Contest is open!

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