Iron Pen is a flash fiction contest that challenges writers to create a drabble of 100 words in the space of an hour. This event is sponsored by the Geek Partnership Society and takes place annually at the CONvergence sci-fi/fantasy convention in Connie’s Quantum Sandbox activity room. The contest is open to any registered attendee and will be judged by some of the convention’s Guests of Honor whenever possible.
During the scheduled hour, a “secret ingredient” prompt item is provided, and contestants write short pieces of fiction inspired by that item. The winning entries are posted by the end of the convention at the Sandbox and the GPS room party in Cabana 110. The first, second, and third place winners receive gift certificates for a local comics and games store.
- Each contestant may submit only one entry.
- All entries must be original works of fiction.
- All entries must be written at the convention within the scheduled hour.
- All entries must involve the “secret ingredient” prompt item in a clearly recognizable fashion.
- All entries must be exactly 100 words. Hyphenated words or phrases will be counted as multiple words.
- Entries may not exceed a PG13 rating.