Call for Submissions:
Writer’s Block E-Magazine 2020

MWC is seeking submissions for its annual Writer’s Block e-magazine, set to be released in Summer 2020. The Writer’s Block is available to current MWC members, Iron Pen contestants, and Writer’s Block contributors, so if you’re not currently a member and would like to get the e-magazine, you can become a members on our website.

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 2019).

Submission Categories:

  • Tributes to Richard “Dick” Stahl: poems, stories, essays, etc. We have a space here on our website for these tributes, but we’d also like to include them in the Writer’s Block, with the author’s permission.
  • Reviews of local author books: we are looking for short reviews (max. 500 words) of books published by local authors – no self-reviews, please
  • 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!
  • 2020 Iron Pen X Winners and Finalists: as a feature to the Iron Pen contest, we will be publishing all the winners and finalists in the 2020 Writer’s Block. For Iron Pen info and registration, 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

*UPDATE: All submissions must be received via email by May 1, 2020*

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