Jungle Talk


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Jungle Talk articles are featured on the Consumer Jungle homepage and are archived in the Jungle Talk section that contains all Consumer Jungle content. These poems, essays or short stories, written by young adults for young adults, deal with money management topics.

500 Word Limit
Be creative – submit a poem, essay or short story. Have fun!

Topic: Here at Consumer Jungle we love budgets and thoughtful spending. Tell us about a time when you've been wise about your spending and why having a plan for spending can be important. 

February 2018 2nd Place

January 2018 Winner

January 2017 3rd Place

December 2016 2nd Place

November 2016 Winner

October 2016 Winner

September 2016 Winner

August 2016 Winner

October 2015 Winner

September 2015 Winner

May 2015 Winner

March 2013 Winner

  • Will Muller, Indian High School, Cincinnati, OH
    • Article: Credit Cards: Your Best Friend or Your Worst Enemy

February 2013 Winner

  • Conrad Smith, Billings West High School, Billings, MT
    • Article: Finance Poem

    January 2013 Winner

    • Paige Paul, Billings West High School, Billings, MT

    December 2012 Winner

    November 2012 Winner

    August 2012 Winner

    June 2012 Winner

    May 2012 Winner

    April 2012 Winner

    March 2012 Winner

    Spring 2011 Winners


    One Grand Prize winner of a $100 Amazon.com gift card will be selected and two runners-up will receive a $50 Amazon gift card! If your poem, essay or short story is chosen, you will also:

    • Have your article published and featured on Consumer Jungle
    • Be featured on Consumer Jungle  as the Student Editor of the Month

    Submission Deadline

    Submit by November 29, 2017 at 5:00 pm PT. 

    Please note that all documents must be uploaded as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. 

    Contest Requirements

    In order for your poem, essay or short story to be eligible for selection as the grand prize or runner-up, you must follow the requirements outlined below. You are encouraged to be creative!

    • 500 word limit.
    • You must include a “catchy” title.
    • One unbiased, reputable resource must be provided to cite your work.
    • At least one resource must be provided to support your article and engage the readers. For example, provide a link to an online game, online calculator, unique website or an app.
    • Include a discussion question that can be used to help your peers think about your topic. Your discussion question may be used on the Consumer Jungle site as a poll question!
    • There may only be one author per poem, essay or short story.
    • The author must be between 12 and 25 years of age.

    Selection of Finalists

    A committee of judges from the Consumer Jungle and Take Charge Cats teams (programs of the Take Charge America Institute) will evaluate the submitted articles in a blind review. The committee will select four poems, essays or short stories from those received to be named as the grand prize and runners-up articles. 

    The four finalist authors whose articles are chosen from a submission deadline will be notified approximately two weeks after the submission deadline. The selected finalists must complete an agreement form that will  include a photo release section and a writing release section. Also, the author is encouraged to submit a short biography with a picture to be posted on Consumer Jungle as a Student Editor. All communication will occur via the email address provided by the author on the article submission form.

    If the appropriate documentation (agreement form and biography of the author) is not received by the deadline, we reserve the right to select another winner or not post an article.

    Once selected as a winner, your article and biography will be featured on Consumer Jungle. After you have been featured, your article will be archived in the Jungle Talk section. Your Student Editor of the Month biography will be archived on the Student Editor page.

    You may only win once in 12 months. After 12 months, you are eligible to win again.

    General Terms and Conditions

    Consumer Jungle and the Take Charge America Institute reserve the right to cancel the Jungle Talk Article Writing Contest for any reason.

    Consumer Jungle and the Take Charge America Institute reserves the right to amend these rules and policies at any time and without notice. Any changes will be posted online at /contests/. Winners of any prize are solely responsible for all applicable federal, state, and local taxes.

    Each author agrees that Consumer Jungle and their respective affiliates, employees, or funding agency shall not be responsible or liable for damages or losses of any kind arising out of or resulting from entry in this contest, acceptance or use of a prize or any other matter related to the contest, including, without limitation, claims based on defamation or invasion of privacy.

    By entering the Jungle Talk Article Writing Contest, each author agrees to abide by and is bound by all decisions from the Consumer Jungle committee relating to the determination of the top article of the month.

    Upon submission of the articles, the top finalist selected for each month agrees that Consumer Jungle and the Take Charge America Institute have the right to use the article in any way deemed necessary.

    Submit by November 29, 2017 at 5:00 pm PT. 

    Please note that all documents must be uploaded as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file.