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What Is the wiseGEEK Writing Contest?

Updated May 24, 2022

wiseGEEK Writing Contest

Since 2003, wiseGEEK has been dedicated to providing clear answers to common questions. To celebrate publishing its 10,000th article in the spring of 2007, wiseGEEK sponsored the wiseGEEK writing contest. Even though it's not related to Math subjects like algebra or calculus, it's a great way to measure the English writing proficiency of all the people who joined the contest. It's a wonderful decision, since the contest gave way to several exceptional entries that all deserve recognition. The contest opened up the writing of its articles to its users. It allowed talented individuals whether they have writing tutors to provide them guidance or not, to showcase their skills in writing. Contestants were asked provide their own short, clear answers to questions of their own choice. It's amazing how the entries all read like advanced middle school level or even college level English with exceptional structure and solid points. They were all fun to read and choosing a winner was difficult. Many great submissions were received and after careful deliberation, $10,000 in cash prizes were awarded to the top 11 submissions! Winning articles and other contest submissions are listed below. Although not indicative of how much these states spend on education, the winners show the areas where good writers come from. It's refreshing to see that the US has some skilled writers worthy of recognition. The articles are about a wide range of topics not just limited to English, but are made possible by proficiency in the language. There are Science topics, Math topics, and other miscellaneous topics discussed which showcased the skills of all the participants. For more information on the contest, you can also read the wiseGEEK Writing Contest press release.

Grand Prize Winner:

How Do I Look for Truth in Scientific Controversies?

Written by Steven Kaas. Amstelveen, The Netherlands.

10 Winners:

How Can I be a Green Consumer?
Is Your Wine Fined?

Written by Vicki Nelson. Tigard, Oregon, USA.


What are the Characteristics of Underground Buildings?

Written by Loretta Hall. Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.


What is a Healthcare Proxy?

Written by T. Patrick. Idaho, USA.


What is Air Guitar?
What is Netiquette?
What is StoryCorps?

Written by G.C. Epperson. Montana, USA.


What is Tissue Engineering?

Written by Terry D. Johnson. Berkeley, California, USA.


What Should I Do after a Nuclear Explosion?

Written by Mitchell Howe. Mesa, Arizona, USA.


Which Natural Disasters are the Most Deadly?

Contest Submissions:

Home and Garden
Technology and Gadgets
Internet and Computers
Health and Wellness
Crafts and Do-it-Yourself
Finance and Investing
Science and Engineering
Cars Boats and Airplanes
Business and Economy
Sports and Hobbies
Food and Cooking
Travel and Entertainment
Art and Music
People
The World
Animals and the Environment
The United States
Language and The Humanities
History and Government
Miscellaneous

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