Midwest Writing Center presents QC Iron Pen Contest


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The 2013 Iron Pen Contest & Prompt Workshop w/ Jane Carman

The Midwest Writing Center presents the 5th Annual QC Iron Pen Contest

Contest: February 15-16, 2013
Award Ceremony: February 23, 2013

**Everyone that participates in this year's Iron Pen Contest will have a chance at winning a paid-in-full tuition with value of $225 for the David R. Collins Writing Conference in June of 2013.**

About the annual contest
The Midwest Writing Center's Annual QC Iron Pen 24 Hour Writing Contest is held on February 15th through February 16th. Register by 5 p.m. February 15th to enter. Entrants will receive a writing prompt by email and will have 24 hours to write a fiction, non-fiction or poetry piece. Entries will be judged by genre and age division. Winners will receive medals and will have the opportunity to read their winning piece on February 23rd at 2 p.m. at the Midwest Writing Center, located in the Bucktown Center of the Arts, at 225 E. 2nd Street in Davenport. Cost is $10 per entry, pre-registration is required. Registration forms are available at the Midwest Writing Center or http://www.midwestwritingcenter.org/. For more details, email us at mwc@midwestwritingcenter.org or call us at 563-324-1410. Complete guidelines are below.

Get The MWC is offering a workshop to help people get ready for the Iron Pen contest – "Subverting Prompts: Moving Through the Words to (Re)Create Meaning" with Jane Carman

February 2nd from 1 to 3 p.m. at MWC

This workshop will focus on ways to make writing prompts work for you. Lidia Yuknavitch writes, "Words give us the ability to move." Using strategies that prepare writers to (re)work prompts by thinking of prompts as words that are simultaneously mere and powerful, as words in potential dialogue, titles, appropriated text, etc, attendees will practice turning prompts into writing that feels more like the author's original work than a labored (or even forbidden) product of the imagination of an outside voice.

The goal of this workshop is to learn to look at writing prompts as favors instead of punishments, as ways of moving rather than stifling a text.
Cost is $10 for past Iron Pen and 2013 Iron Pen participants, $15 otherwise. Register via PayPal at www.midwestwritingcenter.org or contact the MWC to register today!

Jane L. Carman is a Ph.D. candidate at Illinois State University where she is a former Sutherland Fellow and currently teaches innovative writing, literature, genre studies, and gender in the humanities. Her most recent work can be found in Devil's Lake, Santa Clara Review, Mixed Fruit, JAC, eilmae, Pequin, and is forthcoming in The Dirty Fabulous (Jaded Ibis Press). She is the founder of Festival of Language—an array of artists in motion—an annual event that coincides with The Association of Writers and Writing Program's annual conference.

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Guidelines for the 2013 Iron Pen Contest

For the fiction and non-fiction genres there is a 2,000 word limit.

Contest Timeline
Friday, February 15th, 2013:
Receive an email from MWC at 5 p.m. that includes a writing prompt.

Saturday, February 16th:
Return entry by email or bring to MWC no later than 5 p.m.

Wednesday, February 20th:
Winners will be announced by email

Saturday, February 23rd:
From 2-4 p.m. winners will present their work at Bucktown Center for the Arts where they will receive an award (1st Place will receive a medal, 2nd and 3rd will receive a certificate)





















 




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