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Congratulations to City High Student Emma Holmes, Winner of the Paul Engle Day: Glory of the Senses Essay Contest!

by on May 22nd, 2013

We have a winner!

City High sophomore Emma Holmes is the winner of the 2013 Paul Engle Day: Glory of the Senses Essay Contest, with her submission, “Swing Tree,” in which she writes “about a fire caused by lightning that destroyed a tree where she played as a child.”

She will be awarded one year of free tuition at the University of Iowa for her efforts.

Way to go, Emma!

Paul Engle was “the long-time director of the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop and co-founder of the UI’s International Writing Program,” and the Glory of the Senses Essay Contest was created in an effort to celebrate his writing, particularly his memoir, A Lucky American Childhood. The contest, held by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, encourages young writers to share their “Iowa experience” in a three-five page essay, exploring and “drawing on a specific memory to capture the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touches of the day.”

Emma will be honored on Paul Engle Day, October 12, 2013.

And here’s a cool quote to think about, if you’re gearing up to enter the contest next year:

“What was true about Iowa for Paul Engle at the beginning of the twentieth‐century is true now, at the dawn of a new millennium: we are surrounded by a vivid tapestry of sight and sound and smell that, if you pay attention to it, will not only enrich your experience, it will enlighten your mind.”

Congratulations, Emma!

One Response to “Congratulations to City High Student Emma Holmes, Winner of the Paul Engle Day: Glory of the Senses Essay Contest!”

  1. c says:

    That’s awesome…she’s one talented and lucky young writer!

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