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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.

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