Iron Pen 2019 Results

Hello Iron Pen Contestants!

Thank so much to everyone who participated in Iron Pen 2019. We received many terrific entries, and our judges had difficult decisions to make in their evaluations. Without any further ado, here are the winners of the 2019 Iron Pen contest by category:


-1st Place: Jacob Lloyd, “The Death of Glenmorgan Hospital” – 032
-2nd Place: Misty Urban, “A Many Chambered Vessel” – 015
-3rd Place: Tie: Constance Messmer, “Murmers” – 002 and Monica Flink, “Vide Cor Meum” – 012


-1st Place: Michelle Ladwig, “Still Life, with Whiskey” – 035
-2nd Place: Joe Chambers, “Safety Barrier” – 024
-3rd Place: Samantha DeFilippo, “Untitled” – 038


-1st place: Margaret Sherwin, “Life: You’re Not Going to Get Out of Here Alive” – 028
-2nd place: Elizabeth Cullett, “Survivors of the Healthy Hearts” – 004
-3rd place: Thomas McCormick, “If the heart is healthy, you’re going to need help but it is rare you will come across a healthy heart. There is an incompatibility between life and a healthy heart” – 043
-Honorable Mention: Dustin Joy, “Dan” – 014

Congrats to all of our winners! The Award Ceremony and Reading is this Saturday, March 9th at 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…