Saints, Spells, and Spaceships Finalists

A message from our guest editor, Jeanna Mason Stay

Hands have been wrung, dithering has been ongoing (and ongoing and ongoing), stories have been shuffled and reshuffled, and finally we’re down to the finalists. It was such a hard decision, but I’m really looking forward to sharing these stories with you. Congratulations to all the finalists–and thank you to everyone who shared your talents by submitting to the contest!

The publishing schedule for the Saints, Spells, and Spaceships finalists is:

Oct 25: “What Have You Against Being Baptized” by Whitney Hemsath
Oct 26: “The Gift of Undoing” by Katherine Cowley
Oct 27: “The Apocalypse of Kemet III” by Hillary Stirling
Oct 28: “Ministering Blood Brother” by Terrance V. McArthur
Oct 29: “Remote Control Mama” by Rebecca Birkin
Oct 30: “There Is No Release” by Jon Olfert

Nov 1: “Aboard the Nursery Barge” by Sarah Chow
Nov 2: “Gleaners” by James Goldberg
Nov 3: “The 37th Ward Relief Society Leftovers Exchange” by Liz Busby
Nov 4: “The Other Commander” by Whitney Hemsath
Nov 5: “Hie to Kolob” by Emily Adams
Nov 6: “The Gift to Be Healed” by Annaliese Lemmon

We will be featuring the stories at https://lit.mormonartist.net/ and talking about them on the Mormon Lit Lab Facebook page. We’d love to have you join the conversation. Once all the stories have been posted, we’ll put up voting instructions and all our readers will get a chance to weigh in on their favorite stories.

-Jeanna Mason Stay

Love the Mormon Lit Blitz? This year, we’re working to give you more. Past contest finalists were invited to propose a book-length Mormon literature project they’ve been dreaming about. We selected eight to go through a mentoring program, helping give them encouragement and funding to finish a book. If it matters to you to have stories in our religious language, consider donating to support one of the projects. 

Saints, Spells, and Spaceships Semifinalists

Mormon Lit Lab Presents: Saints, Spells and Spaceships Semifinalists

An announcement from our guest editor, Jeanna Mason Stay

Thank you so much to everyone who submitted their wonderful flash fiction to this contest. I have enjoyed reading them so much. I wish I could feature so many more—making the cuts down to semifinalists has been a challenging decision! So many of these stories made me laugh, made me cry, made me think about the gospel or my culture or the world in a different way.

Once I finally put names to the stories I’d read anonymously, I was pleased to discover a lovely mix of authors that we’ve seen in the Lit Blitz before and authors I wasn’t familiar with at all. The stories cover a wide range of topics—vampires, dragons, painful decisions, callings that just won’t let go, some unexpected food choices, and a lot more.

And so, without further ado… the semifinalists:

“Hie to Kolob” by Emily Adams

“Whatever Intelligences Arise” by Lee Allred

“Remote Control Mama” by Rebecca Birkin

“In the Woods” by Liz Busby

“The 37th Ward Relief Society Leftovers Exchange” by Liz Busby

“Overheard in the Ward” by Elena H. Call

“Public Affairs” by Elena H. Call

“Aboard the Nursery Barge” by Sarah Chow

“Cybugs” by Alicia Cutler and Sarah Chow

“The Gift of Undoing” by Katherine Cowley

“Gleaners” by James Goldberg

“El Origen” by Gabriel González

“The Other Commander” by Whitney Hemsath

“What Have You Against Being Baptized” by Whitney Hemsath

“Unnatural” by Bethany Holzer

“Promises to Keep” by Julia Jeffery

“Baptism of Sister Kim” by Theric Jepson

“Doing Dishes with the Destroyer” by Annaliese Lemmon

“Gift to Be Healed” by Annaliese Lemmon

“Ministering Blood Brother” by Terrance V. McArthur

“Potions Group” by Marinda Misra

“There Is No Release” by Jon Olfert

“Bridges” by Lehua Parker

“The Apocalypse of Kemet III” by Hillary Stirling

 

Congratulations to all the semifinalists! Stay tuned in the next weeks for an announcement of the finalists and a schedule for when they will be posted.