Our general submission period for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction opens September 1 and goes through December 1 at 11:59 p.m. 

We review work solicited by our editors year-round; please see guidelines by clicking on the category below or visit our website.

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: Brian Turner

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, 2018

No entry fee.

Read the full guidelines

This category applies only to work that has been personally solicited by Iowa Review editors. Submission fees are waived for solicited work.

In your cover letter, please mention the name of the editor who solicited your work.

Note: If you submit using this category without having been personally invited to do so, we will withdraw your submission and ask that you kindly resubmit using the appropriate category.