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Original Writing Competition

Established in 1958, the competition identifies and awards Utah writers for works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in the form of short stories, essays, poems, and full-length manuscripts for readers of all ages. Submissions must be original works. They cannot be published or accepted for publication at the time of entry. Manuscripts will be reviewed in a blind process by five to seven judges selected from outside of Utah.

Past award winners have included Ron Carlson, former Utah Poets Laureate David Lee, Ken Brewer, and Katharine Coles, current Utah Poet Laureate Lance Larsen, Pam Houston, Lyman Hafen, Margaret I. Rostkowski, John Bennion, Scott Cairns, Rob Carney, and Susan Howe. There is no entry fee for the competition, and it is open to all Utah residents.

Here are the 2015 Utah Original Writing Competition Guidelines. Please read the guidelines thoroughly before submitting. The link for online submission is contained in the guidelines. 

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2014 Utah Original Writing Competition

2014 Original Writing Competition Awards Celebration photos:

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2014 Original Writing Competition Awards Celebration video:

 Click on the links below to see lists of winners in previous years.

2014 OWC List of Winners

2013 OWC List of Winners

2012 OWC List of Winners

2011 OWC List of Winners

2010 OWC List of Winners

Questions?

Contact Alyssa Hickman Grove at agrove@utah.gov or 801.236.7548.

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