Write Now

Announcing the Winners of the 2020 Special Edition UI Flash Writing Contest

Thank you to the more than 230 UI alumni and friends from around the world who submitted short stories during April's contest.

We asked participants to create a story of 1,000 words or less using one of two sets of prompts: a story incorporating a bus driver and a flower, or a story incorporating a police officer and a kite.

Our judges have been working diligently these past few weeks to read submissions that poured in from 26 states and as far away as India and Spain.

Without further ado, here are our winning stories. The winners will receive a Hawkeye prize pack.

2020 Special Edition Write Now Contest Winning Stories

Elementary: grades 3–6 (tie)

Junior High: grades 7 & 8

High School: grades 9–12


January 2020 Write Now Contest Finalists and Winning Story

Winning Story

The Finalists

(listed alphabetically by last name)

Thanks to all who participated, and be on the lookout for the contest again next year. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy reading these amazing tales from your fellow Hawkeyes as much as we did! You can also read stories from our past winners.