Iron Pen & Iron Artist

Welcome to Furry Migration’s tests of authorial & artistic mettle, “Iron Pen” & "Iron Artist". These annual contests pit the would-be writer and/or artist against the clock to create an original piece of flash fiction or art in a ridiculously short period of time!

Furry Migration 2021 is over!
We will be updating this to have finalist and other information.

Welcome to Furry Migration’s tests of authorial & artistic mettle, “Iron Pen” & “Iron Artist”. These annual contests pit the writer and/or artist against the clock to create an original piece of flash fiction or art in a ridiculously short period of time! On the Monday before Opening Ceremonies, the Iron Pen & Iron Artist judges will update the Furry Migration Web Site with the “secret ingredient” which must be worked, fundamentally, into your submission. (We will also announce this on Furry Migration’s social media accounts.)

Your work must:

  • Be no longer than 1,000 words for Iron Pen text (story or poetry) or larger than the equivalent of one 8-1/2 inch by 11 inch page for an Iron Artist image

  • Include either the concept of “Migration” or a “native Minnesota species” of anthro, and

  • Include the “secret ingredient” in a prominent way.

    This year’s secret ingredient is the stock-in-trade of classic, far-flung science fiction and space-faring adventures, be it the weapon of a space marine, the tool of a villainous despot, or the swashbuckling calling card of a free-booter explorer setting their sights on the stars for the first time:

    “Spacesuit”

For Iron Pen, you may use the online Google Docs Template at https://bit.ly/2fc3fWv.

Once you have completed your Iron Pen submission, email it (or a link to it) to ironpen@furrymigration.org or submit it via the submission box located in the Jamzine Room. Iron Artist submissions should be in standard letter-size prints of their art. Your work will be displayed in the Jamzine room without your name; only a number. Do not share your assigned number with others; doing so will invalidate your entry!

Attendees of Furry Migration will be allowed to vote on which story and art is best starting Friday night (after all entries are in) with the ballot closing on Sunday at Noon.

The winners for both Iron Pen and Iron Artist will be announced during Closing Ceremonies on Sunday. The prize for winning will be a free regular membership at the next year’s Furry Migration!

So, if you fancy yourself a tale-teller of the written word: get ready to write! If you are a visual wizard: Get ready to draw!

This contest is only open to members of Furry Migration 2021. Let’s get our creativity on!

Past Iron Pen/Iron Artist Entries

Furry Migration would like to thank everyone who entered in last year’s Iron Pen and Iron Artist. Click on the links below to see last year’s entries.

 

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