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Mormon Lit Blitz Contest Semi-Finalists (part one of four)

Out of 200 submissions, a panel of judges has selected 32 semi-finalists. Out of these 32, twelve will be selected to compete in the final round for audience votes and the prize Kindle.

Today, we announced eight semi-finalists on Facebook and Twitter. As a recap, here they are:

Essay

“Without Compulsory Means” One of the most famous passages in the Doctrine & Covenants calls for persuasion through long-suffering and love. But how long will a couple have to suffer as they try to gently persuade their three-year-old son with Down Syndrome to make a change he doesn’t want?

“The Gloaming” There’s day and there’s night, but there’s also twilight. There’s the world of the living and the world of the dead: but what’s in between?

Fiction

“No Substitute for Chocolate” Fathers’ Day brings calorie-laden sweets; Mother’s Day means flowers—and one more thing to take care of. That’s a cold, hard tradition one woman is determined to shake.

“Forgotten Memories” If you could lock up memories that come unbidden, which would you choose to protect yourself from?

“In” So, a man walks into the end of the world…and realizes he’ll have to improvise on that whole lamps-prepared-with-oil thing…

Poetry

“The Cordwainer”

What a Montevideo cobbler didn’t know he taught one sister missionary. “The New Beginning Ghazal” A slice of Eden’s story contemplated in an ancient Iranian poetic form.

“Stillborn” Where does faith fit when the most beautiful plans melt away?

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