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Community Anthology 2019

CLOSED: Writers of the Depths 2018

It is our pleasure to announce The Writers’ Rooms very first Community Anthology: Writers of the Depths. We want to support your writing. Therefore, we are calling for members of the community to send us your sea tales, your mermaid lore, your shanties, and your watery wonderings. You might have guessed it: this year’s theme is “Underwater”.

You can interpret this topic however you would like--as a setting, as a theme, as a method of characterization. That’s up to you!

Please send us pieces of no more than 5,000 words (prose) or sixteen pages (poetry--more than one poem is allowed) in Standard Manuscript Format involving the topic. Pieces should be no more than PG-13 rating. We do not provide editing, so please send us your polished work. Up to 20 pieces will be selected for publication. Unfortunately, we do not have the budget to pay for accepted pieces.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please let us know in your email. We reserve the rights to first printing in paperback and e-book formats, but we will hold no exclusive rights--feel free to publish your work elsewhere after this publication is on the shelves!

Open Submissions: July 27th-October 31st at 11:59 pm Central

To enter, you MUST send us...

  • Author Name (and legal name if different: we’ll keep it private)

  • Author Picture (required)

  • Author Bio (50 words in third person)

  • Submission piece with Title (in .doc or .docx)

  • Standard Manuscript Format

  • Title the e-mail “Submissions: ‘Title of Piece’”

Please send submissions to welcome@thewritersrooms.org. You must include all requirements, otherwise your piece will be rejected.

If you have any questions about requirements, please email us. We’re happy to help!

We can’t wait to read your watery pieces!



Imagine Other Worlds with Authors

I.O.W.A. Author Signing

The Writers’ Rooms is pleased to announce that we will be continuing the legacy of Imagine Other Worlds with Authors in 2019!

This incredible signing will feature local and indie authors at the Cedar Rapids Public Library on September 7th and 8th, 2019. Readers will be able to attend readings, participate in Author Speed Dating and discover their new favorites, fill out an Author Passport (which may come with a prize!) and more. The event will be FREE to readers.

We are currently collecting interested authors. If you would like to participate as an AUTHOR, please fill out the interest form below!



The Writers’ Rooms

Reading Series

The Writer's Rooms is working with Cracked Walnut’s Satish Jayaraj to create a series of public readings. Cracked Walnut was a traveling literary reading series that held sessions across the creative Iowa Corridor. We’re excited to bring that talent to the Writer's Rooms where writers will have the opportunity to share their writing through some innovative and fun readings. 

If you are interested in reading, please fill out the survey below. You don't have to answer every question, but the more information we have, the easier it will be for us to create some great reading experiences.  


Teen Workshop

The Torchlit Study

Are your students looking for a free, safe environment to learn about writing from local and award-winning authors? Would they enjoy having all of their publishing questions answered? Then encourage them to attend The Torchlit Study, a teen writing workshop hosted by The Writers' Rooms and ICON43.
On Friday, October 5th, from 1-5 pm, teen writers can sit in paneled sessions led by authors such as Hugo Award Winners Jim C. Hines and Mike Mullin, along with many authors from the community who will share their literary journeys. Teens will have the chance to explore character development and world building, finding the “write” community, publishing, and marketing--all for free!
The Torchlit Study will be hosted both by The Writers’ Rooms and ICON43. The Writers’ Rooms is a nonprofit corporation focused on providing a free, safe writing environment to people of all ages, skillsets, backgrounds, and genders. ICON43 is Iowa’s longest-running science fiction and fantasy convention held October 5th-7th at the Marriott in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This is the seventh year ICON has included a teen writers workshop the Friday of the conference, and it has grown dramatically from those early days. 

Led by Jed Quinn Peterson, author, Professor of History at Kirkwood Community College, and Vice President of the College Community (Prairie) School Board, and Alex Penland, author and Director of The Writers’ Rooms, 60 lucky students will have the chance to register and learn from established writers from their own community.
To register, fill out the online form below.
We would love to see your students there and ignite their literary dreams!
If you have any questions about the content of the workshop or logistics, or if you would like one of us to stop by your school to talk with students or administrators, please don’t hesitate to reach out at welcome@thewritersrooms.org