Call for Submissions:
Writer’s Block E-Magazine 2019

MWC is seeking submissions for its annual Writer’s Block e-magazine, set to be released in May 2018. Submissions are open to any writers living in the Quad City area, and/or any writers who participated in the literary arts in and around the Quad Cities in the past 12 months (or, throughout 2018).

Submission Categories:

  • Reviews of local author books: we are looking for short reviews (max. 500 words) of books published by local authors
  • Personal essays on writing-related topics (max. 1,000)
  • Poems (up to 3 poems per submission, no more than one poem per page, single spaced)
  • Short Prose (fiction or nonfiction, up to 2,000 words, double spaced)
  • Short articles (max. 500 words) about MWC events, or other literary events in and around the Quad Cities (preferably with pictures)
  • Short articles (max. 500 words) on writing, including how-to, tips and tricks, getting published, the writing life, etc.—we are open to ideas, so if you have something you think would be a good fit, contact us. We’re excited to hear your ideas!
  • 2019 Iron Pen X Winners and Finalists: as a new feature to the Iron Pen contest, we will be publishing all the winners and finalists in the 2019 Writer’s Block. For Iron Pen info, please visit:

Formatting Guidelines for All Submissions:

  1. All submissions should be typed, 12pt font, Times, standard formatting
  2. All submissions should be sent via email to
  3. All submissions should be sent as MS Word attachments (.doc, .docx)
  4. All submissions should be original work by the author
  5. Please include the phrase “Writer’s Block Submission” in the Subject Line of your submission email

*All submissions must be received via email by April 1, 2019*

Please contact Ryan Collins at MWC (309-732-7330, with questions about submissions. Thanks and we look forward to reading your work.