Iowa Water Center "Spirit of the Water" Essay Contest Now Open


The Iowa Water Center invites students from around the state to participate in the 2017 Iowa Water Center "Spirit of the Water" Essay Contest and share how water inspires them. High school and college students enrolled in the state of Iowa are eligible to participate. The contest closes February 1, 2017.

The contest will be separated into three divisions for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. Essay winners will receive a monetary prize, recognition at an awards luncheon during the 2017 Iowa Water Conference in the Spring, and will have their essays published in an anthology produced by the Iowa Water Center.

The judging panel includes representatives from different aspects of water and natural resource management. Educators in English, Creative Writing, and the Sciences are encouraged to promote this contest to their students. Students will not only have the ability to have their work recognized, but also connect to those who impact water resource management in Iowa.

“This is an exciting opportunity for students to share their perspective on water and engage with water professionals in a new way,” says Dr. Richard Cruse, Director of the Iowa Water Center. “With this contest, we intend to show that water not only sustains, but it inspires us.”

Submission guidelines and more information can be found at the Iowa Water Center website ( Questions and inquiries regarding the contest can be directed to Hanna Bates, Program Assistant at the Iowa Water Center (

We recognize the positive impact of diversity and welcome applications from all students meeting eligibility guidelines.Persons with documented disabilities are encouraged to contact IWC staff to make timely requests for reasonable accommodations.