Iowa State Fair Pie Contest: A Pie Story

Tell your pie story and illustrate it with a pie for fame, glory, and a good laugh at the Iowa State Fair! The contest will take place on August 12 at 2:30 in the Elwell Family Food Center. Our judges are Jennifer Miller, food guru of the Des Moines Register, Teresa Adams-Tomka, owner of Kitchen Collage, and Kate Lebo, author of A Commonplace Book of Pie.

Bake a pie. In 300-500 words, write a true or fictional story about that pie and tell it (or read it) to the judges. The story might describe the pie’s origins, a secret recipe, your relationship to the person who made it, a disaster in the kitchen, a triumph at the dinner table, or something else equally captivating. The pie will help illustrate the story–if it’s a story about an ugly pie, bring an ugly pie. Remember that a good story, like a good piece of pie, should satisfy.

Judging Criteria
Delivery/performance, humor, historical content, inspiring content, personal significance, universal appeal, element of surprise, story’s connection to the pie baked. The story does not have to contain all these elements to win. These are suggestions of elements to keep in mind when storytelling.

First, second, and third place winners will be published in a limited edition illustrated chapbook of stories from the Iowa State Fair. They’ll get 10 copies of the chapbook. Everyone who enters will win a signed copy of A Commonplace Book of Pie and a copy of the Pie Story chapbook.

To Enter
Entries accepted through July 1. Late entries accepted until July 8 with payment of a late fee. Visit the “How to Enter” at the Iowa State Fair’s website. More information about the contest here, on page 54 of the Food Contest Premium Book