Now announcing the Second Annual Mormon Lit Blitz Writing Contest. Send up to three submissions by 27 April 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win a Kindle and more.
What we want:
Short work for Mormons to be published and read online.
“Short” means under 1,000 words.
“Work” means creative writing in any genre, from literary realism to
far future science fiction, and in any form: fiction, essay, poetry,
comics, playlet, etc. Give us a tiny, polished gem we can show off to
people who love Mormonism and love great writing but “know not where to
find” a place where the two meet.
“For Mormons” means for committed Latter-day Saints. Yes, that’s an
extremely diverse audience (see the “I’m a Mormon” campaign—and your
ward members), but it’s also an audience with distinctive shared values
and history that don’t often get attention in creative work. We want you
to write something that will appeal to us as people who believe in the
sacred, who have ridiculous numbers of brothers and sisters we see every
week, who worry about being good and faithful servants no matter what
our day jobs are and wonder what it will be like to meet our
grandparents’ grandparents in heaven. We don’t need your pieces to
preach to us. We do need them to combine your creativity and religious
commitment in a way that excites us and gives us something cool to talk
about with our Mormon friends.
“To be published and read online” means we’re going to post six to twelve finalists’ pieces on Everyday Mormon Writer (everydaymormonwriter.com) and then ask readers to vote on their favorites. [Update 4/13: we've been having problems with the Everyday Mormon Writer website and so will post finalists here if we're unable to fix it.]
One catch: since even 1,000 words can be intimidating on a screen,
your piece needs a strong hook of no more than 120 words (or eight lines
for poetry) to be visible on the main blog page. Mark the end of your
hook with [MORE]. Even our editors will only read further if you’ve
piqued their interest.
Submissions must have fewer than 1,000 words (or 30 lines for poetry)
with a hook no longer than 120 words (or eight lines for poetry).
Submissions must be engaging to Latter-day Saints and engage with their
Mormon identity in some way.
Authors may submit up to three works. Each submission must be
attached to an email as a .doc or .pdf file. The selection process is
blind, so the author’s name should not appear on the document.
Email any questions and your submissions to email@example.com.
Submission emails should contain the author’s name, the titles of each
submission, and contact information (telephone number or email address).
By submitting, authors give us the one-time rights to publish their
work electronically. Previously published work is OK if you still have
the rights to the piece and if it meets the above contest requirements
(don’t forget to add a [MORE] tag to the end of your hook).
The contest editors will select six to twelve finalists. All
finalists will have their short works published online in May 2013 and
actively promoted across the LDS blogosphere by the Mormon Lit Blitz
After all pieces have been published, readers will vote on a single
Grand Prize Winner, who will receive a Kindle and a small library with
LDS literary works in eBook format, including Parley P. Pratt’s classic
short “A Dialogue Between Joseph Smith and the Devil,” Peculiar Pages’
recent Monsters & Mormons anthology, Zarahemla Books’ Dispensation:
Latter-day Fictions, the poetry anthology Fire in the Pasture, and James
Goldberg’s The Five Books of Jesus.