July 10—21, 2023
Mark your calendars to take part in our 100-Word Microstory Contest—a free online writing competition for a variety of age groups. You don't have to be an Iowa Writers' Workshop grad—or even have participated in a flash writing contest before—to join in the fun. Just create a story in 100 words or less that uses one of two specific writing prompts. We will announce the writing prompts here on Monday, July 10, 2023, at 9 a.m. CDT.
The contest begins on Monday, July 10, 2023, at 9 a.m. CDT and runs through Friday, July 21, 2023, at 4 p.m. CDT. At the contest's start we'll provide a selection of two writing prompts, and the rest is up to you.
Submissions must be 100 words or less and composed in their entirety during the contest period. All contestants will receive the same prompts. The contest is free and open to UI alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends from each of the following age categories:
We will select one winner from each category and post all the winning microstories here on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023.
Winners in each of the four grade-school categories will receive a conductor's baton (handle made from a tree on the UI campus) and a $25 bookshop.org gift card. Winners in each of the two adult categories will receive a conductor's baton (handle made from a tree on the UI campus), and a $50 bookshop.org gift card. In addition, the top entry in each age category—as well as honorable mentions—will be posted on the Write Now website.
The contest rules will be available here on Wednesday, May 24. If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline and Submission Format
Before the contest begins, enjoy some of these amazing writing samples from your fellow Hawkeyes: Check out entries from past winners and explore the University of Iowa's writing resources to inspire your own creativity.