As always, we owe thanks to all the writers who submitted to this year’s Mormon Lit Blitz and to the many readers who read the finalists, shared them on social media, and cast votes in the contest. This year, we also want to thank the core group of supporters who have pledged a monthly contribution to the Mormon Lit Lab Patreon account: we’ve almost reached the funding goal to add a second contest this fall!
To wrap up this contest, we’ve counted votes and after a historically tight race the top four stories are:
4. “Missionary Weekly Report for 28 March-3 April, Mumbai 1st Branch, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” by Mattathias Westwood
3. “Three Dogs in the Afterlife” by Luisa Perkins
2. “Beneath the Visiting Moon” by Lee Allred
1. “A Perfect Voice” by Katherine Cowley
We’d also like to recognize the winner of this year’s special “Judge’s Choice” Award, chosen by literary scholar and longtime Mormon Literature teacher Kylie Turley: “Proof That Sister Greeley Is a Witch (Even Though Mormons Don’t Believe in Witches)” by William Morris. You can read the complete citation, with honorable mentions of other finalists, here.
We hope many of you will join us this fall/winter for our next contest, with a theme to be selected by patrons of the Mormon Lit Lab, and next spring/summer for the 8th Annual Mormon Lit Blitz.
A huge thank you to all the finalists and to all our readers this year. The new work that’s produced for each contest and the audience that gets to experience it is the thing that has made six years of Lit Blitzing worthwhile.
Votes are in and this year’s winners are:
4) “Pride” by Hillary Stirling
3) “On the Death of a Child” by Merrijane Rice
2) “Celestial Accounting” by Kathy Cowley
1) “Forty Years” by Jeanna Mason Stay
We hope you’ll join us for next year’s Lit Blitz.
Finalists for the 6th Annual Mormon Lit Blitz will be posted here on http://lit.mormonartist.net/ May 29th-June 10th, according to the following schedule:
29 May: “Celestial Accounting” by Katherine Cowley
30 May: “Sonata in Three Movements” by Jeanine Bee
31 May: “Germination” by Sarah Dunster
1 June: “Pride” by Hillary Stirling
2 June: “Spurious Revelations” by Niklas Hietala
3 June: “On the Death of a Child” by Merrijane Rice
5 June: “Worthy World” Tanya Hanamaikai
6 June: “There Wrestled a Man in Parowan” by Wm Morris
7 June: “Valley 176th Ward” by Eliza Porter
8 June: “Walking Among the Legend People” by Marianne Hales Harding
9 June: “Daughters of Ishmael” by Annaliese Lemmon
10 June: “Forty Years” by Jeanna Mason Stay
Audience voting for the Grand Prize Winner will take place June 12th-June 14th. Congratulations to the finalists!
The Mormon Lit Blitz is the world’s premier contest for Mormon Micro-Literature. Held annually, the contest gives writers and audiences a chance to see what can be achieved in Mormon flash fiction, poetry, short essays, and so on.
Submissions for The Sixth Annual Mormon Lit Blitz Writing Contest are due by 7 May 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submitted works may be in any genre so long as they are under 1,000 words and designed to resonate in some way with an LDS audience. Previously published material and simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Up to three submissions are allowed per entrant.
Finalists will be posted on the Mormon Artist magazine website (lit.mormonartist.net) starting in late May. At the conclusion of the Lit Blitz, readers will vote for their favorite pieces and a $100 prize will be given to the winner.
For updates about the 2017 contest, follow the Mormon Lit Blitz Facebook page.
To facilitate the judging process, we prefer to receive submissions as .doc, .docx, or .pdf attachments with the author’s name and contact information in the body of the email but not included in the attached text. Please email submissions and any questions you may have to email@example.com.
By submitting, authors give us the one-time rights to publish their work electronically. As stated above, previously published work is fine if you still have the rights to the piece and if it meets the above contest requirements.
Here are links that will get you to previous years’ finalists:
We look forward to reading your entries!