Glory of the Senses essay contest details released for 2021

Iowa high school students who are sophomores in the 2020-21 school year, or home school students of an equivalent age, are encouraged to submit to the City of Literature’s annual Glory of the Senses: Paul Engle essay contest.

Students should consider their own Iowa experience and write an essay in which they choose a specific Iowa memory to write into life. These three-to-five-page essays should tell the story of that day, that moment, fully, paying special attention to details that evoke the sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch of that memory so that, as Engle did in his writing, a reader one hundred years in the future can experience your Iowa in a “Glory of the Senses.”

Evaluation will be done by judges from ACT. The author of the essay judged to be the best will receive one year of free tuition to the University of Iowa. Runners up will receive a $500 scholarship from the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature.

The full information about the contest, including all requirements, can be found here. Essays are due July 2, and winners will be notified in late August.

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