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Spring 2023

Grades 6-8

The maximum number of words in the essay for this grade division is 900 and the minimum is 400.
Background + Writing Assignment


Teachers who submitted winning essays in the Spring 2023 competition will be notified personally by telephone or email using the contact information provided in your registration. Teachers can expect to hear results approximately 10 to 12 weeks after the close of the competition.

Please check back in September for the Fall 2023 program resources

Todd Ostrowski - Middle School Teacher

My classes have been participating in the InvestWrite program for about 10 years. I am always amazed by my students' creative writing and their research when reading their essays. This program has helped create stronger class discussions about the essay topic and diversifying investments for the long run. Many of my students have come back years later and asked how they can "really" start investing in the markets.

Ludlow, Massachusetts

Roderick Moore - High School Teacher

InvestWrite allows students to reflect on the learning process by writing about their experience playing The Stock Market Game. Students who participate in The Stock Market Game and the InvestWrite competition are able to explain their investment strategies and explain their recommendations based on what they have learned about saving and investing. This competition allowed students to understand opportunity cost.

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Kerry DiFusco - Elementary School Teacher

I have always had such positive experiences with InvestWrite and all that it teaches our students. It fits with standards perfectly and shows exactly what the student knows and what they can do. I believe, 100%, that InvestWrite is the perfect activity to incorporate into the Stock Market Game™ as it truly shows how much students have learned and are able to articulate through writing.

Naperville, Illinois

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Directions & Steps

Directions + Steps
Six easy steps to walk you through InvestWrite:


Easy Steps

FIRST, what you need to know about InvestWrite entries.

  • You may submit entries from as many of your Stock Market Game students you choose.

  • Each entry must be done individually representing the student's own research, thinking, and writing.


SECOND, share these InvestWrite GUIDELINES with your students.

  • 4-5 grade maximum 800 words (minimum 300 words)

  • 6-8 grade maximum 900 words (minimum 400 words)

  • 9-12 grade maximum 1000 words (minimum 500 words)

  • Please note: only the body of the essay will be included in the word count, the title and the works cited will not count against the specified word limit.

  • The format for references or works cited can be chosen by the teacher/advisor.

  • All essays must be submitted in plain text; no charts, graphs or symbols will be accepted.

  • Students should submit their essays to their teacher electronically or on a flash drive. PDF files cannot be accepted.


THIRD, discuss the “Writing Assignment” with your class and assign essay draft and final dates.


  • Since the judges will base their decision on the author's rationale, understanding of the subject matter and writing style, please do the same when you judge. View Scoring Guidelines & Process. 

  • Make sure you give yourself enough time to read and select entries before the InvestWrite online submission deadline.

FOURTH, read the InvestWrite entries and choose those to submit on behalf of your students.

  • Please Note: There is NO LIMIT to the number of essays you can submit this semester!

  • All submitted entries must address the correct grade level assignment as stated on this website.

  • We recommend you submit essays that reflect or represent a typical grade of a "C" or better or what you consider to be "average or above" performance.

  • Each entry must be submitted through the InvestWrite website to be eligible.

  • Simply cut and paste the entry from any word processing application and paste in the submission space provided upon log in.

  • Identification of the student or teacher/advisor by name or SMG ID in the essay submission space will result in disqualification.

  • If the student has created a title for their essay it must appear at the top of the submitted essay text.

  • If references are cited, please include at the bottom of the submitted essay text.


FIFTH, in addition to student entries, please be prepared with the following information for essay submission.


  • Teacher name

  • Teacher Stock Market Game advisor Username and Password

  • Teacher personal telephone number and email address

  • School name, physical address and phone number

  • Student first name and last initial

  • Student Stock Market Game Team login ID

  • Student grade


This information will help us contact InvestWrite award winners!


SIXTH, return to to submit your teacher/advisor-judged essays. 

  • You may submit your essays all at once or log back in and submit new entries any time before the deadline.

  • You may also return to the website to edit submitted essays prior to the deadline.

  • You will be able to view the list of your submissions and request an email confirmation.

  • Submit all of your essays by or before the essay submission deadline. 

Spring 2023  Essay Submission Deadline:
The Spring 2023 session has closed

Eligibility Criteria


  • Teachers and students must be currently registered and participating in the Stock Market Game.

  • Teachers must have a valid teacher/advisor Stock Market Game Username and Password to submit entries.

  • Students entries will require a valid Stock Market Game Team ID.


  • InvestWrite entries that do not meet the eligibility criteria and the “Official Rules” will not be considered.

SIFMA Foundation reserves the right to edit, publish, disseminate, and otherwise use all entries at their discretion. 

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