The fastest writing contest in the Quad Cities is back and taking registrations now!

The Midwest Writing Center is taking registrations for its 12th annual Iron Pen Contest. MWC will supply a prompt to all contestants at 5 p.m. on Friday, February 21st and contestants have 24 hours (entries are due Saturday, February 22nd by 5 p.m.) to write and submit their best fiction, non-fiction, and/or poetry pieces. Writers are welcome to enter into as many categories as they like with a paid registration for each entry.

The cost to enter the Iron Pen contest is $10 per entry, per category. Contestant entries will be judged blind in genre categories—Poetry, Fiction and Non-Fiction (please note there is a 2,000 word limit for fiction and nonfiction entries). The Iron Pen contest is open to all ages.

Registration forms can be found via the link below or at the Midwest Writing Center, c/o RIPL, 401 19th St., Rock Island, IL 61201.

Iron Pen 2020 Registration Form (jpeg)
Iron Pen 2020 Registration Form (pdf)

**Everyone that participates in the 2020 Iron Pen Contest will have a chance to win a paid-in-full tuition with a value of $300 for the 2020 David R. Collins Writing Conference in June 25-27 at St. Ambrose University.**

This year all winners and finalists will have the opportunity to publish their work in the MWC’s annual Writers Block e-magazine, which will be released to MWC members at MWC’s annual meeting in May 2020. Winners and finalists will also have the opportunity to publisher their work on the MWC website.

Contest Timeline:

On Friday, February 21 at 5 p.m. contestants will receive an email from the MWC that includes: a topic, an opening line, or a specific character. The prompt will also be announced on our website and on the MWC voicemail message.

On Saturday, February 22, contestants must email or bring their work to the Midwest Writing Center no later than 5 p.m. – please do not mail them.

The winners of this 24-hours contest will be announced by email on Wednesday, February 26. Awards will be given out on Saturday, February 29 at 2 p.m. at the Midwest Writing Center, where the winners in each category will receive medals, and the winners and finalists will be invited to read their work.


Register for the 2020 Iron Pen Contest via PayPal today:

Iron Pen 2020 – Contest Registration (per entry)
Number of Categories:
Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction: