"Goldfinch and Sunflowers" by Claudia McGehee


The deadline to enter your submission to the NEW IPR coloring book has passed, but you can help IPR by voting on the drawing that you'd like to see on the front cover of our coloring book. 


Thank you to everyone who submitted artwork to be chosen for the IPR coloring book.  We had over 300 submissions! 


What represents Iowa to you? Maybe it’s your grandmother’s apple pie sitting on the windowsill in her storied kitchen, or a field of corn backed by a fuchsia sunrise. Maybe it’s a vibrant prairie rose bush in the pasture, the scene of an high school gym during the caucuses or a Friday night football game.

"Biking" by Mujo Ramic

Submit a line drawing that best represents Iowa to you, with your name, age, hometown, and image caption, and we may use it in our new Iowa Public Radio coloring book. The book will feature drawings from Iowa artists including Claudia McGehee, cartoonists Brian Duffy and Rick Friday, and comic book artist Phil Hester alongside your submissions.

Artwork may be created digitally or hand-drawn and should be submitted sized to 8½ inches x 8½ inches. 

  • Digital works should be saved as 300 DPI PDF and emailed to
  • Hand-drawn submissions should be drawn with dark black ink and mailed to:  710 South Clinton Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

"Again" by Nick Becker

  All submissions should be accompanied by your name, age, hometown, image caption and contact information, including email.   Each entry must be submitted with a signed copyright license agreement. Please fill in your name as the Licensor at the top and complete the bottom right portion. Iowa Public Radio will return the form, signed by our representative, along with confirmation that we've received your submission.

We will select around 20 works for inclusion in the very first Iowa Public Radio coloring book! Artists whose works are selected for inclusion will  have their names listed alongside artwork in the publication and will receive a free copy of the book.

Friday, Sept. 16

What if I want to make my drawing on an 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper?
We will only accept artwork submitted with a square aspect ratio. If you must use copy paper, make your drawing sized to 8 ½ x 8 ½ inches.

Why is there a copyright release?
As the artist, you’ll retain the copyright of your image. We’ll use the release form to allow us permission to use your image in the IPR Coloring Book.

What if I want my piece of drawn artwork back?
Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your submission if you’d like us to return your submission to you.

  If you have questions, please contact Lindsey Moon at or 319-335-6143.