This creative writing contest for U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel is hosted by The Iowa Review and made possible by a gift from the family of Jeff Sharlet (1942–69), a Vietnam veteran and antiwar writer and activist. The contest is open to veterans and active duty personnel writing in any genre and about any subject matter.
Prizes: First place: $1,000 plus publication in the Spring 2015 issue of The Iowa Review. Second place: $750. Three runners-up: $500 each.
Entry fee: $15*
Submit a manuscript in any genre (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction) of up to 20 pages. Prose submissions must be double-spaced. Work must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are fine, assuming you inform us of acceptance elsewhere.
The judge will select winners from a group of finalists chosen by Iowa Review editors. All manuscripts, whether selected as finalists or not, are considered for publication.
To submit online, please visit https://iowareview.submittable.com/submit beginning April 15, 2014, and follow the instructions.
To submit via mail, please follow these guidelines:
Manuscripts must include a cover page listing your name, address, e-mail address and/or telephone number, and the title of each work, but your name should not appear on the manuscript itself.
Enclose a $15 entry fee* (checks payable to The Iowa Review). Enclose an additional $10 if you would like a yearlong subscription to the magazine.
Label your envelope as a contest entry and note its genre. For example: “Veterans’ Contest: Fiction.” One entry per envelope. (Note: multiple poems or prose pieces can comprise a single entry if the total number of pages does not exceed 20. For instance, you may submit two short stories of ten pages each in a single envelope, with a single entry fee.)
Enclose a SASE for final word on your work. Manuscripts will not be returned.
Postmark submissions by May 15, 2014, and mail to the address below.
*A limited number of fee waivers are available for entrants with financial need. To request a waiver, please submit a written request to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the address below in advance of submitting. Entrants with fee waivers must submit via postal mail. (If this is not possible, we can make special arrangements to accept work via e-mail, but only for those with fee waivers.)
The Iowa Review
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242