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Around the World Finalists, and a new Call for Submissions!

Updated: Jun 28, 2023

Thank you to everyone who submitted to the Around the World in Mormon Lit Contest! We received dozens of submissions in 5 different languages from all across the world. Out of those submissions, we chose the top twelve, to be published July 10-22 here on mormonlitlab.org. The finalists will be published both in their original languages and in English.


The finalists are:

Portuguese

“A Espera” by Suzana Mcauchar

“Auxese” by Ana Claudia de Souza de Oliveira

"Os Cinco Anjos do Éden" by Claudio Antão Ribeiro de Oliveira

Além da Visão” by Edgar Farinon

Spanish

“Calma dominical” by Débora Loiza

“De amor y de piedras” by Maximiliano Martínez

"Romance de Abinadí" by Mario R. Montani

“Galletas de avena” by Ana Ruth Enriques

English

“Conversion Story” by Inari Porkka

“Thy Name Shall No More Be" by Whitney Hemsath

Japanese

“Grandpa’s Things” by Tokuzawa Aiko

Tagalog

“Muling Pagkabuhay” by Maria Evelyn Quilla Soleta


We hope you will join us July 10-22 to read the finalists and vote for your favorite! Writers who are interested in submitting to another contest can submit to the Mormon Lit Blitz.

12th Annual Mormon Lit Blitz Call for Submissions

Since 2012, the annual Mormon Lit Blitz contest has encouraged people to use Latter-day Saint ideas, values, beliefs, or imagery in very short stories, essays, poems, or other forms of writing. We are now accepting submissions for our twelfth annual contest!

If you’d like to see prior Mormon Lit Blitz finalists, we’ve produced two anthologies (the first five years and the second five years) and you can read the finalists for the eleventh Mormon Lit Blitz here.

Submission details: Submissions for the Twelfth Annual Mormon Lit Blitz writing contest are due on 31 August 2023 to everydaymormonwriter@gmail.com. Submitted works may be in any genre so long as they are under 1,000 words and designed to resonate in some way with a Latter-day Saint audience. Submissions may be written in any language. Previously published material and simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Up to three submissions are allowed per author.

Finalists will initially be published in two places in late September or early October: in print form on the Mormon Lit Lab website (https://www.mormonlitlab.org/) and in audio form on the soon-to-launch Mormon Lit Lab podcast. At the conclusion of the Lit Blitz, readers will vote for their favorite pieces, and two prizes will be given: a $125 prize to the audience choice winner and a $125 prize for a judge’s choice award. All finalists will later be published in a print anthology, and their authors will become eligible for our new book development program.

To facilitate the judging process, we prefer to receive submissions as .doc, .docx, or .pdf attachments. Please include the author’s name and contact information in the body of the email but not in the attached story text. Please email submissions and any questions you may have to everydaymormonwriter@gmail.com.

As a writer, you retain the right to republish your piece in your own collections or other venues. By submitting, authors give us non-exclusive rights to publish their work electronically, as part of an audio podcast, and in a future print anthology (with an anthology copy as payment for including your piece or pieces). 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.

Stay in touch:

For updates about the 2023 contest and other Mormon Lit Lab news, follow the Mormon Lit Blitz Facebook page or sign up for our email list.

If you would like to support our efforts to create space for Mormon literary work, please consider making a monthly donation pledge on our Patreon account.

Thank you for your interest in Mormon Literature!




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