Announcing the 2020 IEW Writing Contest Winners!

May 27, 2020 | Posted by the IEW Blog Team


It’s become a tradition that each spring, we announce the prompts for the annual IEW Writing Contest. This year’s prompts were as follows:

  • Level A: Write a 2-paragraph composition about why kindness is important, and give an example of how you’ve seen kindness shown.
  • Level B: Write about someone in history who took a stand against injustice. Write a 5-paragraph essay describing the person and what he or she did.
  • Level C: “Necessity is the mother of invention” is an age-old maxim. It takes someone to see a problem and then come up with a way to solve it. Sometimes the problem is an invention, a system, or even a policy. If you had the means to solve a problem that you have identified, what would it be? Write a 5- to 7-paragraph essay describing the problem and how you would deal with it.

Across the nation and around the world, students worked diligently on their submissions. Thank you to the hundreds of students who contributed essays. They kept our contest judges quite busy, but we are delighted to announce that we have our winners! Drum roll, please …

Level A

  • First place: Janee Y.
  • Second place: Sophia S.
  • Third place: Samuel K.
  • Honorable Mentions: Alizeah C. and Mia O.

Level B

  • First place: Clare W.
  • Second place: Nina S.
  • Third place: Emma P.
  • Honorable Mentions: Jocelyn G. and Talia W.

Level C

  • First place: Abby M.
  • Second place: Maxine M.
  • Third place: Meghan A.
  • Honorable Mentions: Jessica M. and Adanna M.


The winners are receiving cash prizes and gift certificates. Additionally, everyone who entered will also be receiving an email with a link to a digital gift, recognizing their contribution. We received many excellent compositions, and it was hard to narrow them down to select the winners, but we think you will enjoy reading through these students’ marvelous essays. Magnum Opus Magazine, IEW’s premier showcase for student work, is featuring these students’ submissions, which you can view by clicking this link.

The IEW Writing Contest is just one of many potential writing contests geared toward students. To discover more, keep an eye on our writing contest page, which we regularly update.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

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