The IE Foundation Prizes in the Humanities

The IE Foundation Prizes in the Humanities aim to recognize, on an annual basis, the best written and audiovisual work carried out by IE students and alumni.

A humanistic vision is one of the key aspects of the IE mindset and that of our entire community, the capacity to have another voice and another way of looking at things, of seeing and articulating possible new meanings.IE Humanities Center, which specializes in research and teaching in the field of the humanities, has created these prizes in collaboration with IE Foundation, to enable this voice and this other vision, the vision of the humanities, to be expressed by its students and appreciated by us all.

Each year a prize will be awarded for the three best pieces of work in each category or subcategory. The prizes, awarded by IE Foundation, consist of a print edition of the winning entries, which will be featured on the website, together with the winning videos.


Below you can find a list of this year’s winners covering the length and breadth of our broad spectrum of nationalities. It clearly reflects the richness and plurality of interests and culture of IE students and alumni, in all IE schools, and at every level of our higher education programs.


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The winners of the IE Foundation Prizes in the Humanities for the 2016/17 academic year are:



First prize: Ignacio Rupérez Larrea, with “Comer”.

Second prize: Jacobo Felipe Rodríguez Martín, with "Fiestas del 80".

Third prize: Agustín Pellecchia, with “Los coleccionistas de fantasmas”.


First prize: Sarah Rachel Westvik, with “The System”.

Second prize: Alexandra Winkels, with “The Streetlight”.

Third prize: Alix Heugas, with “La Mer”. 


First prize: Alessandro Fabbrini, with “Juxtaposed”.

Second prize: Marlene Lantz, with “Ethereal".

Third prize: Lixuan Guan, with “Backlight”.

Special mention: Sara Gonçalves Teixeira, with “Through the Looking Glass”.

Special mention: Sergio Martínez, with “The Revival of Craftsmen”.


First prize: Marisa Anz, with “The Unheard”.

Second prize: Carlos Gutiérrez, with “Sin cobertura”.

Third prize: Dylan D’Lima, Jessica Gómez, Eugenia Santaella, with “Slice of Life”.


1st Prize: Gonzalo Llorden, with “La historia de la vida”.

2nd Prize: Stephanie Margaret Heinemann, with “Si lo soy”.

3rd Prize: Miguel Donetch Cervera, with “Pájaro borrascoso”.


First prize: Jack Straker, with “Sonnet”.

Second prize: Malak El Halabi, with “lnsomnia”.

Third prize: Jack Straker , with “My little lion”.


First prize: Víctor Vu, with “A Sober Society: How alcohol consumption hinders Vietnam development & What can we do to protect the future”.

Second prize: Daniel Bloch, with "How China is Losing the World Soft War".

Third prize: Laura McDermott, with “Consciousness: The Ethical lmplications of Experience Design ”.



The IE Foundation Prizes in the Humanities are divided into five categories:

Short story

The stories must be written with double spacing on A-4 sized pages in Spanish or in English. They should be submitted in pdf format.


The work must comprise minimum one poem in Spanish or in English. They should be submitted in pdf format.


Entries must be presented in video format. If they include sound, the score should be Spanish or English. They should be sent in MP4 format (56 kpbs or 48 kpbs and and a resolution of 426x240) and should not exceed 15MB. If they are accepted for the next phase of the competition, you may then be asked to send a larger file.


Photos can be in color or in black and white. They should be sent in jpg format and should not exceed 2MB.

Short Essay

The essays must be written with double spacing on A-4 sized pages in Spanish or in English. They should be submitted in pdf format.


How to enter

Entrants need to meet the requirements and follow the procedures set out below:

  • Be an IE student or alum.
  • Present an original and unedited piece of work.

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All entries must be sent before May 25, 2018. The winners of the competition will be announced in July of 2018.




Terms and conditions

By entering the competition each participant is considered to be declaring that he or she is the author of the piece of work, and that it is original and not derived from any other work by a third party. In the case of the videos, the participant is considered to be declaring that the content does not infringe the rights of any third party.  Hence participants assume sole responsibility for their work and everything related to the content of said work.

Until the date the winners are announced, participants may not publish, exhibit, or communicate in public the work presented.  

When the winning entries are announced, the winners will concede, free of charge, the non-exclusive rights of reproduction using any system for said reproduction, including digital platforms or any other type of format. This will include distribution using any format or channel and public communication of the work, including editing rights for the entire world and for the maximum duration of said rights. The competition organizers will be permitted to use the work, the whole work or fragments, on a stand-alone basis or as part of a compilation. While the work will not be used by the organizers for commercial purposes, it may be used for the purposes of distribution and promotion of different editions of the competition, and for general activities related to the competition.

The personal data requested on the entry forms for the competition will be entered into a database belonging to IE, and will be used for the purpose of carrying out actions related to participation in the competition. On acceptance of the prize, the competition winners give automatic consent to use their personal data for any type of promotion, publication or other form of distribution of anything to do with the prizes in this and subsequent editions.

Participants whose data is used for personal treatment may exercise their rights to access, oppose, rectify, cancel or revoke said data, without retroactive effect, in accordance with the terms set out in current legislation by sending an email to

The presentation of entries for this competition will imply the acceptance of all the abovestated terms and conditions.


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