Write Now

The UI Alumni and Friends Flash Writing Contest is officially closed.

We are currently narrowing down the entries to 10 finalists, whose stories will be posted here. From those finalists, our panel of esteemed UI judges below will select the winning story. The winners will be announced on March 4.

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Contest Judges

John Culshaw
John Culshaw has been the university librarian since 2013. In addition to leading UI Libraries' information services and collections, Culshaw is chair of the Board of Governors of the HathiTrust Digital Library, a member of the executive committee of the Rosemont Shared Print Alliance, and board member for the Association of Research Libraries.
Hugh Ferrer
Hugh Ferrer is a senior editor at The Iowa Review and associate director of the UI's International Writing Program. An Iowa Writers' Workshop alumnus and board member for Iowa City's UNESCO City of Literature, Ferrer has taught a variety of courses at the UI, including fiction writing, international literature, and journal publishing.
Mary Harreld
Mary Harreld is a Boston College Law School alumna and Iowa City community leader who has assisted numerous non-profit organizations. Mary has served on the advisory board for the UI Center for Human Rights, hosted the Office of the President's gay pride luncheon, and volunteered with the university's Safe Zone Project and Trans Inclusivity Task Force.

More information

View the full contest rules. For further questions, email write.now@foriowa.org.