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We accept fiction, poetry, and nonfiction submissions from September 1 through November 1. Guidelines can be found here:

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 U.S. veterans and active duty personnel writing in any genre and about any subject matter. 

Judge: Jerri Bell

Prize: First place: $1,000 plus publication in an issue of The Iowa Review. Second place: $750. Three runners-up: $500 each.

Deadline: May 31, 2022

No entry fee.

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