2023 #JEIEssayContest: Uncharted

Attention all young adventurers! JEI’s annual Essay Contest is back! 

Embark on a literary journey that will take you to uncharted territories of creativity and intellect. We are thrilled to announce the launch of the 2023 JEI Essay Contest, an exciting opportunity for all active JEI students in grades 2nd through 9th to showcase their writing prowess.

This year’s contest theme, “Uncharted,” invites our young writers to set sail into the unknown. Imagine the thrill of exploring new horizons, discovering hidden treasures, and navigating through the uncharted waters of your community or world. This submission-based contest challenges our students to explore the idea of discovering or trying new things in an original and thoughtful way. This is their chance to test out not only their reading and writing skills but also their ability to express themselves clearly and effectively.


Registration costs $25 per active JEI student from October 1st to October 31st.


All essays and signed registration forms must be submitted digitally by November 15th. Submissions will be scored by division (below) and the ability to fully complete the prompt provided.

  • Division A – Grades 2-3  
  • Division B – Grades 4-5  
  • Division C – Grades 6-7  
  • Division D – Grades 8-9


Contest prizes are awarded per division (below). Winning submissions will also have the honor of being published in the 6th edition of JEI Student Stories. Looking for past editions? View the Inaugural Edition, 2nd Edition, 3rd Edition, 4th Edition, and 5th Edition of our Student Stories.

Division Prizes

  • 1st Place – $300
  • 2nd Place – $200
  • 3rd Place – $100

Our personalized programs can help improve your child’s reading and writing skills. Enroll today at a center near you or call us at (877) JEI-MATH to find out more about how your child can benefit from our programs and this contest.