Literary note: Mormon Artists magazine holds first writing contest
Mormon Artists magazine is holding its first Mormon Lit Blitz Writing contest. The publication is looking for 1,000-word entries of creative writing (anything from literary realism to science fiction) in the form of essays, poetry, short stories or even screenplays. Participants should be committed LDS Church members. Guidelines include: Submission with no fewer than 1,000 words with a hook no longer than 120 words (or eight lines for poetry); must be engaging to Latter-day Saints and engage with their Mormon identity in some way; authors may submit up to three works; submissions must be attached to an email as a .doc or .pdf file; and finally, the selection process is blind, so the author's name should not appear on the document.
The contest editors will choose six to 12 finalists. All finalists will have their short works published online starting in mid-February and actively promoted across the LDS blogosphere by the Mormon Lit Blitz team. Readers will vote on a Grand Prize Winner, who will receive a Kindle pre-loaded with LDS literary works, 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 Fiction, the poetry anthology Fire in the Pasture, and recent issues of Mormon Artist magazine.