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The UI Alumni and Friends Writing Contests

The University of Iowa is known across the country as the Writing University. Now you can be a part of that legacy by entering one of our online writing contests.

You don’t need to be an Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate or an accomplished author to participate. You just need an imagination, a little free time, and preferably a quiet space to channel your creativity.

The UI Alumni and Friends Writing Contests have something for everyone. Consider this your official invite to our writing community.

Join us for these opportunities to spark your imagination:


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48-Hour Flash Writing Contest

January 12—14, 2024

Write a story in 48 hours and 1,000 words or less. We’ll give you a genre, character (e.g., bus driver), and specific object to incorporate into your story.

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Hawkeye Haiku Contest

October 25—November 6, 2023

Try your hand at a haiku that uses a 5-7-5 syllable pattern and provided theme.

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Microstory Contest

July 15—26, 2024

Test your writing efficiency with a story of 100 words or less, incorporating a provided theme.

Want to be the first to know about future UI Alumni and Friends Writing Contests? Enter your information to receive updates.

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