Writing Contest: Anne Frank Sapling Prize

Anne Frank at her writing desk

TEEN WRITERS: Poetry & Essay Contest Inspired by Anne Frank

The Iowa Youth Writing Project, the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, and the University of Iowa German Department are proud to present a writing contest for junior high and high school students inspired by Anne Frank and her legacy.

Thanks to the work of University of Iowa German professor Kirsten Kumpf Baele, the University will receive, in spring 2022, one of only a handful of saplings grown from the beloved chestnut tree described in Anne Frank's diary. Over the summer, the IYWP, Dr. Kumpf Baele, and students from her class hosted a three-part workshop series for junior high students in which the group considered Anne Frank's diary and its relevance to contemporary sociopolitical issues.*

From that workshop came a question, which evolved into the prompt for this essay contest.

By 11:59pm on February 27th, 2022, please respond to the following prompt:

Write about a time when you felt isolated or trapped. How did you work through that time, and what did you learn from the experience?

Responses may be written in essay or poem form. Length limit in either genre is 5 double-spaced pages. 

**Email submissions (in EDITABLE form, such as .docx, .doc, .rtf) to iywp@uiowa.eduPlease indicate in your email's subject line whether you are in junior high or high school (JH/HS), and whether your submission is an essay or a poem. Remember to include your name and email address on the document. This information will be concealed from contest judges.

Contest winners and honorable mentions will be published in a professionally designed anthology. Some winners will be selected to read at the planting of the Anne Frank sapling in April 2022. More prizes will be determined as the submission season continues!


*Wish you'd been able to attend? Fear not! The IYWP will be offering a second installment over the winter holiday break. Watch our newsletter and website for updates!