THANK YOU to everyone who submitted work to the Mormon Lit Blitz Contest. We received roughly 200 submissions in many different forms and styles, and about as many different topics. Having read through a significant portion of the submissions as a member of the judging panel, I was impressed by the sheer conceptual imagination of the writers. You took various elements of Mormon life and approached them in ways that helped me see them anew, that gave dimension and weight to your experiences, values, and dilemmas. It made judging both enjoyable, because we got to read so much engaging work, and difficult–because we were supposed to turn a list of 200 into a list of 20-30.
We almost made it. We’re down to 32.
Between now and Wednesday, we’ll be introducing eight semi-finalists a day. You can catch a new title and teaser on Facebook or Twitter every few hours, or else wait and read about the featured semi-finalists on this blog at night. Only 12 of the 32 semi-finalists will go on to be featured as contest finalists and vie for your votes and the prize Kindle, but I think even the short descriptions of the semi-finalists will be a testament to the range of ways in which Mormon faith and creativity can intersect.
Thanks again to everyone who submitted. And enjoy the coming sneak peek at the fruits of the Mormon Lit Blitz Contest.