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Save the Date: The UI's Flash Writing Contest Returns Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2020!

Attention storytellers, yarn spinners, wordsmiths, and ink slingers. Write Now: The UI Alumni and Friends Flash Writing Contest returns this winter.

Mark your calendars for the online, Iowa-themed short story competition. The second annual event will happen Jan. 31-Feb. 2, when we'll provide you with a set of writing prompts and 48 hours to write your best story.

So start dreaming up story ideas today, and check back here closer to the contest dates for details, including the prize package for the winning story. In the meantime, read the 10 finalists and first-place submission from our 2019 contest, which drew hundreds of entries from around the world.

The 2019 Winning Story

- Meet 2019's winning story writer, Pam Stek (09MA, 17PhD)

The 2019 Finalists

(listed alphabetically by last name)


Thanks to all who participated, and be on the lookout for the contest again next year. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy reading these amazing tales from your fellow Hawkeyes as much as we did!


Looking for further inspiration?

Get those creative juices flowing by exploring these literary resources offered by the University of Iowa.