Celebrate Nj Essay Contest

Jersey Shorts

A Statewide Prose-Writing Contest for students Grades 9-12

Submissions for this year’s Jersey Shorts contest closed as of the contest deadline, December 1, 2017.  Keep checking back for details on next year’s contest!

Jersey Shorts is a contest celebrating New Jersey student prose-writers. All students– public and private schools, as well as home-school and alternative school environments– in grades 9-12 (or the equivalent) are eligible. Awards will be given in the following categories:

A total of six students, each representing North, Central, and Southern New Jersey, will be selected. Writers will also participate in an evening where their works will be read by professional actors. All winners will receive a Governor’s Award.

A special award will be given to a number of Flash Fiction pieces as well.

Students will be asked to submit two works– a 1500-word prose fiction story and a 750-word piece of “Flash Fiction” based on a prompt decided annually by the Jersey Shorts contest organizers.

Submission guidelines and timeline, selection criteria, the Flash Fiction prompt, and the contest submission form are below.

Women’s History Month is celebrated every March in the United States and is a month long celebration of women’s contribution to culture, history and society.  The National Women’s History Month honors women who successfully challenged their role in both business and the paid labor force.  Women have always worked, but often their work has been undervalued and unpaid.  Facing stark inequalities in the workplace (lower wages, poor working conditions and limited opportunities), women have fought for decades to make the workplace a less hostile environment, equal opportunities and equal wages.  Please join us in celebrating women’s history and advancement in the United States of America.

Please click on the link below for the details of the essay contest:


Deadline is April 16, 2018.

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