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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 15, 2005

UI Web Project Seeks Submissions From Iowa Writers

Iowa writers of all ages and experience levels are invited to submit short works for possible Web publication, as the University of Iowa's popular Daily Palette site expands to feature art forms in addition to visual arts. The expansion is made possible through a Year of Public Engagement grant to The Iowa Review, a literary journal at the UI.

Starting in early 2006, the Daily Palette will showcase the work of writers who consider themselves Iowans, whether they have Iowa roots or live here now. New pieces of writing will be posted several times per week through the year.

"The project is open to all Iowans, from professional writers to schoolchildren," said David Hamilton, editor of The Iowa Review. "Our purpose is to encourage creative writing in the state and recognize the work of Iowa's writers. Though the University of Iowa is famous as a 'writing university,' submissions from outside the university community are especially sought, as this project seeks to explore writing from the entire state."

Prose or poetry, 700 words or fewer may be submitted in the body of an e-mail to Attached files will not be opened or considered. Writers are limited to one submission and should include an author biography of no more than 50 words.

Since August 2004, The Daily Palette has featured daily visual art created by Iowans. Developed as part of the 2004-05 Year of the Arts and Humanities, the project has continued into the Year of Public Engagement and is expanding to include writing, video, and music, all created by Iowa artists.

The Daily Palette will continue to be linked to the UI home page ( and will also be linked to the Iowa Review Web site (

UI President David J. Skorton has declared the 2005-2006 academic year the Year of Public Engagement, during which the University community is intensifying its efforts and sharpening its focus on engagement with the public and public issues at the local, state, national, and international levels. More information is online,

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011,; Program: David Hamilton, The Iowa Review,; Submissions: iowa-writes@uiowa.ed