CT High school Personal essay contest

This contest is open to all Connecticut High School students who have a passion for writing. The Helix and Central Connecticut State University want to promote and encourage young writers. 

First Place: $250 prize and will be invited to an event at CCSU.
Runner-Up: $50 prize.
Both winners will be featured on our website and in our annual print edition. Winners will also receive a copy of our magazine.  


  • Must be a personal essay. (i.e Creative Nonfiction)
  • Must be currently enrolled in a Connecticut private or public high school.
  • The piece has to be 12pt font, Times New Roman, double spaced.
  • Must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document via Submittable.
  • 1,500 words max.
  • Must include: Name, email address, title, name of school currently enrolled, grade. 
  • The piece cannot be something that has already been published elsewhere. 

Please note The Helix has the right to make small edits to your submission.

Any questions regarding the contest can be directed to helixmagazine@gmail.com
We look forward to reading your submission.

contest on hiatus until further notice

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