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Past Winners

2022 Write Now Flash Writing Contest Winning Stories

Grades 3&4

Grades 5&6

Grades 7&8

Grades 9–12


2021 Hawkeye Haiku Contest Winners

Grades 3&4

Arctic Fox
The snow shines bright white
An ear pops up, then a tail
Gone in a flurry

Emma Y., Iowa

Grades 5&6

Fall lays down to sleep
The tree branches bare of leaves
Winter awakens..

Owen H., Iowa

Grades 7&8

Bare, shivering trees
Dark clouds gather; north wind blows
Everything bathed white

Jonathan W., Iowa

Grades 9–12

Look. Past the chill find
Portals of light through dark days –
Windows in winter.

Maya M., California


darkness comes early
snow sifts through halos of light
home and hearth beckon

Cheryl Lindo (94MA)

2021 UI 175-Word Micro Story Contest Winning Stories

3rd & 4th Grades

5 & 6th Grades

7 & 8th Grades

9-12th Grades


2021 Write Now Flash Writing Contest Winning Stories

Grades 3 & 4

Grades 5 & 6

Grades 7 & 8

Grades 9-12


2020 Hawkeye Haiku Contest Winners

3rd-4th grades: Oceana Z., Iowa

Leaves turning bright red,
Drifting their way to the grass,
Trees saying goodbye.

5-6th grades: Lillian H., Iowa

Swaying is the breeze,
summer hands over her crown,
succumbing to fall.

7-8th grades: Eleanor S., Minnesota

From windswept tree tops
Leaves of solemn silence fall
Autumn sheds its tears

9-12th grades: Mishka M., Iowa

They say it is "fall"
Leaves fall down but for new lives
I say it is "rise"

Adult: Lindsey Moore (03BA)

Crisp air bites the nose,
Crunchy leaves beneath cold toes.
Fall hues warm the soul.

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 Winning Story

Winning Story

The 2020 Finalists

(listed alphabetically by last name)

The 2019 Winning Story

- Meet 2019's winning story writer, Pam Stek (09MA, 17PhD)

The 2019 Finalists

(listed alphabetically by last name)

Thanks to all who participated, and be on the lookout for Write Now again next year. In the meantime, enjoy reading these amazing tales from your fellow Hawkeyes!

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