To continue Paul Engle’s tradition of inspiring writers and celebrating the rich culture of Iowa, the City of Literature organization annually solicits essays from Iowa high school sophomore about an “Iowa experience,” drawing on a specific memory to capture the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touches of the day. The submission period for the 2017 competition is now open, running through May 8.
The author of the essay judged by reviewers to be the best receives one year of free tuition to the University of Iowa. A select number of runners up receive a $500 scholarship from the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature.
The contest is based on Engle’s writings, particularly his memoir, A Lucky American Childhood.
Winners will be announced this summer, and the winners will be invited to Iowa City in the fall to read from their work and receive their prizes.To view information about the contest, click here. To view the rubric used by judges to evaluate submissions, click here.
The winning essay in 2016 was Adrift by Jackie Olberding of Dyersville.