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 short films.


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.

The winners of the IE Foundation Prizes in the Humanities for the 2015/16 academic year are:



First prize:

María Isabel Macías Núñez (Madrid, Spain, 1993, Master in Corporate Communication, 2016), for Un hombre con el abrigo largo.

Second prize:

Elisa Carrara (Cuneo, Italy, 1987, Master in Visual and Digital Media, 2016), for Una expresión sardónica.

Third prize:

Sofía Quetglas Diz (Madrid, Spain, 1992, Master in Management, 2016), for De vuelta a Barcelona.

Special mention:

María Isabel Macías Núñez (Madrid, Spain, 1993, Master in Corporate Communication, 2016), for Muerte en María de Molina.


First prize:


Sofía Rondán González (Barcelona, Spain, 1992, Master in International Relations, 2016), for Nadie.

Second prize:

María Isabel Macías Núñez (Madrid, Spain, 1993, Master in Corporate Communication, 2016), for Primer round.

Third prize:

Jesús Arcenegui Méndez (Madrid, Spain, 1997, Bachelor in International Relations, 2019), for Quiero.


First prize:

Do Xuan Hoang (Hanoi, Vietnam, 1996, Bachelor in Architecture, 2020), for Aroma.

Second prize:

Alyssa Flora Najafi (Palo Alto, U.S.A., 1989, Master in Visual and Digital Media, 2016), for Death Valley.

Third prize:

Marieke Elisah Lensvelt (Muscat, Oman, 1991, Master in Visual and Digital Media, 2016), for The Other Side.


First prize:

Joy Cierrea Archer Holmes (Daytona Beach, U.S.A., 1993, Bachelor of Laws, 2017), for Beautuful Imperfectiums [sic].

Second prize:

Sumedha Sharma (Kanpur, India, 1987, Master in Corporate Communication, 2016), for One Place - A Haiku.

Third prize:

Malak El Halabi (Baakline, Lebanon, 1992, Master in Market Research and Consumer Behavior, 2016), for 23.


First prize:

Nathalie Lagard (Bratislava, Slovakia, 1994, Bachelor in Architecture, 2017), for Rendez-vous.

Second prize:

Romain Odin Lepoutre (Manila, Philippines, 1993, Bachelor in Architecture, 2019), for Hangman.

Third prize:

Jazmin Cristina Harb Andrade (Guayaquil, Ecuador, 1991, Master in Visual and Digital Media, 2016), for Dancejazz.


Sole winner:

Montserrat Gutiérrez Mesegue (San Diego, U.S.A., 1995, Bachelor in Architecture, 2018), for Apparently.



The IE Foundation Prizes in the Humanities are divided into four 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 three in English. They should be submitted in pdf format.

Short film

Entries must be presented in video format. If they include sound, the score should be Spanish or English. They should be sent in MP3 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, and must not have been subject to any kind of editing treatment or enhancement.They should be sent in jpg format and should not exceed 2MB.




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.

Submit your work

All entries must be sent before May 30, 2017. The winners of the competition will be announced in July of 2017.




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 short films, 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 by the jury 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 dissemination 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 dissemination 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.


Terms and conditions in detail


Contact us

Where to find us

c/María de Molina, 31 bis 28006 Madrid, Spain

Get in touch

IE Foundation Prizes Secretary