Contests and Opportunities







Students ages 12–17 can participate in one or more speech categories:
self-introductory, narrative, expository, persuasive.

Participants video their speeches and are permitted to use notes while delivering their speeches.

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We are delighted to present our annual writing contest for all aspiring and accomplished writers, ages 8–18. Whether or not they have experience with IEW's Structure and Style® writing method, your students are invited to participate.

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The Cardinal Newman Society just announced its Essay Scholarship Contest for high school seniors! The winner will receive $5,000 towards the cost of attending one of the colleges recognized in The Newman Guide for the fall of 2023. Additionally, several colleges have agreed to supplement the scholarship, potentially increasing the award to $20,000 over the course of four years. Learn more here: Deadline: May 1, 2023


HSLDA Contests


Every year, HSLDA offers creative contests in poetry, videography, short story writing, photography, art, and essay writing. HSLDA’s contests provide homeschooled students the opportunity to hone their skills in a fun and creative setting that invites them to think outside the box and be rewarded for excellence. Contests are open to all homeschooled students (ages 7–19). More information is available here.



American Life League's Culture of Life Studies Program is hosting its annual pro-life essay contest for students in 5th-12th grade. Write 500 words on one of the prompts and submit your essay by November 6, 2023. They are offering great prizes, and the winner will be published in their magazine! Find details at


Boom & Bucket


Boom & Bucket's 2024 Student Scholarship Program

Boom & Bucket is offering a scholarship of $1,000 to be awarded each year to a student pursuing a heavy machinery-themed program. This scholarship is available to both currently enrolled students and future students who are planning to attend a program at a college or a trade school anywhere in the United States or Canada within the next twelve months. To apply, students must write a 500+ word essay or record a 2-minute video explaining who they are and what makes them excited about the heavy equipment space. 

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This page will be updated as we learn of new opportunities. If you know of a writing or speaking contest, please let us know so we can include it on this page.

Please note: While IEW believes these contests to be legitimate, writing contest scams do exist, and it is wise to check into a contest carefully before entering, especially if there is a fee to enter.


Magnum Opus Magazine                               

IEW students (grades 3-12), submit your compositions for a chance to be published in our monthly e-newsletter or annual print magazine. Submissions from all nine IEW units, journalism, and poetry are accepted. Student artists are also encouraged to submit original artwork in any medium. Click here for detailed instructions to submit your work.


Caterpillar Magazine

Submit poems and short stories to this Irish magazine.


Highlights Magazine

Submit poems, jokes, riddles, stories, book reviews, letters, and more.



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