Submit to Hot Tin Roof

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Hot Tin Roof

Hot Tin Roof is a program to showcase current literary work produced in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids metro area. Each month, a selected piece under 1,000 words is published in Little Village, and the author receives a $100 honorarium.

The series takes its name from a famous play and movie by former Iowa City resident Tennessee Williams, who graduated from the University of Iowa in 1938. He was chosen as the patron saint of this series because his artistic life refused to be confined to work in any one genre. Moreover, it seemed right, given the many acclaimed writers to have lived and worked in Iowa City, to honor one who, at the time, was a relatively obscure undergraduate.

It is a pleasure to invite you to become part of Hot Tin Roof–a sampling of the Iowa City area’s renowned, yet growing, literary tradition.

Sponsors: Englert Theatre, Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, M.C. Ginsberg, Little Village

2017 Submission Deadlines:

Dec. 31, 2017
Any Genre, 1,000 words max

(Check back regularly for new submission details)

Submit your work to: Please attach your work as a Word Document, PDF or Rich Text file, and include a one- to two-line bio. Your name and contact information will be removed from your entry and it will be judged anonymously.

The series is designed to highlight new work produced in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids metro area, so entrants must live or work in the area at the time of submission. Please include your current address with your submission. The published series will draw from entries submitted in the general call (Deadline Dec. 31, 2017), and from invited submissions directly requested by the editors. Response time for all submissions is two-six months.

Selection/Publishing details

On Jan. 1, 2018 all entries will be anonymized and read by a committee of previous Hot Tin Roof honorees alongside Hugh Ferrer (International Writing Program/Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature Organization), Andre Perry (Englert Theatre/Mission Creek) and Genevieve Trainor (Little Village). Four pieces will be published in monthly installments, February through May.

June 30 will bring another deadline, and a new season of honorees to be published August through November.


Submitted work must be the intellectual property of the entrant only.

For all published pieces we buy first North American serial rights for the print magazine and first worldwide serial rights for our website. All subsequent rights revert back to the author.

Submit your piece now to

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22 thoughts on “Submit to Hot Tin Roof

  1. “Hermaphrodite in Iowa”  by a certain Vi Khi Nao published in August 2011 was just below even the lowest standards of word abuse. Utterly insipid would be a major compliment. Bordering on retarded, a a slightly more favorable description. (The three judges coates in tar and feathers are to be safely escorted out of Iowa City ; ) …

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  3. Can you tell me if the residence requirement to live in the “Iowa City area” excludes Cedar Rapids?

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