Results of Iron Pen 2017

Hello Iron Pen Contestants!

So without any further ado, here are the winners of the 2017 Iron Pen contest by category:


1st Place – “Snowfall” – Austin Kinsey

2nd Place – “Age of Thordal” – Alan Scholting

3rd Place – “Axe” – Tom Irish

Honorable Mentions:

“How to Remember” – Jane Carman

“Miracles in the Midst of Gray” – Jennifer Rathe


1st Place: “Glossolalic Angel Dada” – Laura Winton

2nd Place: “Ars Poetica” – Ryan Murphy

3rd Place: “Mindful of Miracles” – Mark Lucas

Honorable Mention:

“Miracle from the Axe” – Julian Totton


1st place: “Narcissus” – Jane Carman

2nd place: “One Winter and a Funeral” – Michelle Ladwig

3rd place: “After the Storm” – Nathan Blaesing

Congrats to all of our winners! The Award Ceremony and Reading is this Saturday February 25th, 2pm, here at the MWC. The winners, 2nd, 3rd Places and Honorable mentions will be our featured readers, but anyone who participated is welcome to come and read their entry to this year’s contest. Please let us know if you plan to attend, and if you plan to read, so we have an idea of the schedule. Thanks!

We will have some light refreshments and will hand out the medals and certificates for our winners this Saturday, and we’ll also have our drawing for the full registration to the David R. Collins Writing Conference (please note that you do not need to be present to win the conference registration—anyone with a paid Iron Pen Entry will be included in the raffle). You are of course welcome to bring family & friends to help us celebrate all of your creative efforts.

We hope you had fun with this year’s prompt—everyone certainly did a great job of going from zero to finished piece in a mere 24 hours! Thank you all so much again! Please let me know if you have any other questions about the contest or the Award Ceremony this Saturday. Thanks again and have a good day…