The International Woodcarvers Congress is, to the best of our knowledge, the longest running, competitively judged, woodcarving art show in the United States. It is truly the most prestigious show of its kind. Artists from all over the United States, Canada and overseas have competed for cash and awards at the “Congress”.

The IWC offers over 95 separate categories in the judged competition. Cash awards and prizes have in past years exceeded $20,000 thanks to our very generous sponsors.

The competition is judged each year by a team of judges who are considered quite advanced in their particular woodcarving field. (See the Judging page for more information).

The competition is open to all levels of carvers. Membership in AWC is necessary to compete unless you are 18 years old or younger.  Competitors 18 years or younger must submit the Youth Permission form signed by a parent or legal guardian.


Please note :  "Walk-in" carving will be accepted at the Jackson  County Fairgrounds show site:

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th between  10 am and 4pm. 

 Monday , June 10 from 6:00-8:00am pre-registered ONLY

Absolutely no exceptions will be allowed in at that time

Information and Forms:

Further information and required forms are available below. Click on each item to view and download.    

2024 Forms and Information are now available - click the links below to view and download individual documents.

2024 Competition Group and Class Listing - version 02-11-24

2024 Rules of Competition - version 02-11-24

2024 Special Packing and Shipping Instructions - version 01-12-24

2024 Competition Entry Form (see pages 7-8 ) version 12-12-23

2024 Youth Permission Form - version 02-12-24

2024 Shirt & Patch Form - version 12-12-21

Mail In Carvings:

Ship mail-in carvings to arrive between May 13 and June 7IMPORTANT - please note the change in ship-to address:  

Ship to: 

AWC, Ltd. c/o Jackson County Fairgrounds, 

1212 East Quarry St., Maquoketa, IA 52060.  

 See packing recommendations on the Competition page to help ensure your carving arrives intact.