Submissions for the 2024 Contest Are Now Closed



We are excited to announce the first annual IEP Ink & Imagination Writing Contest, available for all students who participate in the IEProgram.

Please read all information carefully before submitting.

Use the above button to submit your writing entry.

Submit the form a separate time for each entry.

Use the above button to volunteer as a parent judge.

We need you! See full details below on what a parent judge does.


Personal Narrative/Memoir (less than 1000 words)
Flash Fiction (101 words to 750 words)
Microfiction (100 words or less)

Grade 7-8
Grade 9-12
A student’s grade level is based on the majority of the student's current class work.


** Each work will be judged based on originality, style, development of a theme, grammar/mechanics, and following instructions. In addition to these guidelines that apply to all entries, see specific guidelines for each category below.

** Work must be the original work of the student. Parents, mentors, and others may give feedback, but the voice and words should mostly be written by the student.

** A student may enter in multiple categories. A student may submit one entry per category, except for poetry, in which they can submit up to two entries. Each entry must be submitted through a separate form.

** Entries that have won other writing contests may not be entered.

** Name or other identifying information should not be included on the actual entry. Name, grade, and other necessary information will be provided on the Google entry form. Format instructions must be followed for an entry to be considered.

**All entries (except poetry) must be 12 pt, Times New Roman font, double spaced. Title should be centered.

** Poetry font and format may vary, but should be intentional and enhance the meaning of the poem. If in doubt, use 12 pt, Times New Roman font.

** All entries must be submitted as PDF attachments. Other formats will be disqualified.

** The contest is open to all IEProgram students. Enrollment in an English class is not required.

** Judges will be parent volunteers or non-English teachers in the IEProgram.

** Winners will be announced on April 27 at the final Speech & Debate tournament, as well as on the IEProgram website. Winners will also be contacted by email.

** By submitting their work, a student gives permission for the IEProgram to publish your work with your name on the IEProgram website and for your work to be used for future promotional materials.


Micro Fiction

  • A student may enter up to ONE entry.

  • Microfiction may not be more than 100 words. Longer entries will be disqualified.

  • The title is included in the word count.

Flash Fiction

  • A student may enter up to ONE entry.

  • Flash fiction must be between 101 and 750 words. Shorter or longer will be disqualified for this category.

  • The title is included in the word count.


  • A student may enter up to TWO entries. 

  • Poems may be any length, format, or style.

Memoir/Personal Narrative

  • A student may enter up to ONE entry.

  • Memoir/personal narrative should be based on a real experience, although details may be embellished or fictionalized.

  • Memoir/personal narrative may not be more than 1000 words.

  • The title is included in the word count.


The students in our English classes have blown us away this year with the creativity and style of their writing.

We also know that these students will benefit from hearing how their writing is received by an impartial audience – does it make sense, does it say something that matters, does it connect with the reader?

So we’ve decided to put together the first ever IEP Writing Contest!

But in order for this to work, we need YOUR help!

** All entries are due April 19 and will be delivered to judges no later than Monday, April 22, (although we will strive to get them to you sooner!).

** Judges will have until Friday, April 26, to read entries and submit responses. All responses will be submitted by a form that will be provided.

** Judges will has the option to provide positive feedback on entries. However, students will not see how their writing was judged.

** All entries will be anonymous. No names or other identifying information will be included. A judge will not judge their own child’s writing.

** A judge may volunteer to judge as many or as few categories or age groups as they wish.

** A rubric and judging guidelines will be provided for each category. A judge does NOT need to be an expert in poetry or creative writing to volunteer.

** Entries will be judged in batches of 8-10 entries.