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100 Words: 'Loss' arrives, deadline approaches for special 'Story' issue

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "Loss," the fourth 1996-97 issue of 100 Words, the unique literary journal published by the University of Iowa International Writing Program, will arrive the week of Jan. 20. The issue features prose and poetry works of 100 words or fewer in response to the word "loss."

The submissions deadline for the fifth issue, "Story," is Wednesday, Feb. 5. "Story" will be a special issue focusing on young people. Submissions are welcome from writers of all ages, but pages will be saved especially for pieces by writers 18 and younger. Young people should note their ages when they submit their writing.

IWP participants and staff created 100 Words in 1993, primarily as a literary forum for responses to America by foreign writers in residence at the IWP. The journal seeks to reflect the diversity of perceptions and ideas found around the world, including in the United States. Each issue is comprised of responses to a single "trigger word."

"Loss" features poetry and prose from writers in 14 countries: New Zealand, Mexico, Sri Lanka, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Romania, Israel, India, Germany, Slovakia, Sierra Leone, Canada, Cote d'Ivoire and the United States. The issue also features visual art by Susan Maakestad, Julie Purwin, Yali Peng and Robbie Steinbach.

100 Words has subscribers throughout the United States and around the world. Copies may be obtained from the IWP, fourth floor, English-Philosophy Building, the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242. Copies also may be purchased for $3 at several Iowa City-area book stores: Prairie Lights Books, the Murphy-Brookfield Bookstore and the Haunted Bookshop.

Submissions of writing and artwork for "Story" are welcome through Feb. 5 from all writers and artists: No connection to the UI or the IWP is required. The editor, Carolyn Brown (319-335-0541), encourages writers to submit their work via e-mail, which should be addressed to: <>. Additional information about 100 Words is also available through that address.

Hard-copy submissions should be mailed to: 476 English-Philosophy Building, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242, or faxed to 319-335-3843. Submissions written in non-Roman alphabets should be submitted camera-ready (typed or neatly hand-written). Writers who do not provide English translations of poems or stories written in other languages must submit their work at least two weeks before the deadline.

E-mail submittors will receive a response by e-mail; others who would like a response should provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

The IWP brings established writers of the world to the UI, where they become part of a lively literary community that includes the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the Iowa Playwrights Workshop and the UI's fast-rising program in literary non-fiction. IWP writers interact, formally and informally, with each other and with the many poets, fiction writers, playwrights and translators at the UI and in Iowa City. Over the years more than 1,000 writers from more than 100 countries have completed residencies in the program.