Write Now

The University of Iowa's first-ever flash writing contest is in the books (so to speak)!

Nearly 240 UI alumni and friends from around the world submitted Iowa-themed stories during February's 48-hour contest. We asked writers to create a story of 1,000 words or less using one of two sets of prompts: a romantic comedy set in the Ped Mall incorporating tape, or a fantasy story set on the Iowa River including a feather. Our judges have been working diligently the past three weeks to select the cream of this creative crop, which has been no small task.

Without further ado, here's our winning story—which will be published in the summer issue of Iowa Magazine—and nine other finalists. The winner also receives a unique pen made from the wood of a Pentacrest tree, a $150 gift certificate to the Iowa Hawk Shop, and a $100 gift certificate to Prairie Lights bookstore.

The Winning Story

The 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!

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