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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. 


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


Contact Alyssa Hickman Grove at or 801.236.7548.

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Design Arts

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Design is the creative beginning of any human-initiated arrangement of materials. We are dedicated to the promotion of excellence in the diverse fields of design in Utah. We strive to help the citizens of Utah see, experience, use and value the art of design that surrounds us.



DesignArts Utah ’15

Applications for professional and student designers are now being accepted for review and possible inclusion in the DesignArts Utah ’15 exhibition at the Rio Gallery from September 4 through October 23, 2015. Applications are being accepted online by clicking the button below. If you prefer, applications may be submitted via CD/DVD delivered to the DesignArts office (300 S Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, Utah) along with this form. Deadline for applications is 5 p.m. July 10, 2015.


We are excited to partner, once again, with Salt Lake Design Week and Craft Lake City to celebrate Utah designers. their designs and their contribution to our quality of life and economic development in Utah! The exhibition reception and celebration on October 16, 2015 from 6-9 pm will coincide with Salt Lake Design Week and Salt Lake Gallery Stroll at the Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City.

The juror for DesignArts Utah ’15 is Randy J. Hunt, Creative Director at Etsy.

Photo Credit: Sara Kerens 2013

Randy J. Hunt is Creative Director at Etsy, where he leads a team of designers creating the end-to-end experience, both online and off. Etsy is a global commerce platform empowering independent creative business in nearly every country in the world. In 2013, Etsy enabled over $1.3 billion dollars in sales by the Etsy community. Etsy was honored with the National Design Award in 2014. Hunt feels strongly that designers must be able to build what they design, a perspective that fits naturally with Etsy’s culture of making and the love of craftsmanship. Hunt co-founded Supermarket, a curated design marketplace. Previously, he founded Citizen Scholar Inc. and worked at Milton Glaser Inc. and Number 17. He writes and lectures about design and has been a visiting designer and critic at many colleges and universities. Hunt received his MFA in Design from the School of Visual Arts.

The Design Community in Utah is vital and growing.  Following are some of the design organizations, some of which we partner with, in Utah:

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AIGA Salt Lake City
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Salt Lake Design Week

Design Arts Exhibitions

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Juror: Ellen Lupton, Senior Curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and the Director of the Graphic Design MFA Program and the Center for Design Thinking at Maryland Institute College of Art.

DA 2014 Catalog

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Juror: Monica Ponce de Leon, Dean and Eliel Saarinen Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning   

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Juror: David Revere McFadden from the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City, New York 8 Utah designers’ 11 designs were selected for exhibition from 28 Utah designers’ 55 submitted projects.

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Juror: Stuart Karten, director of Stuart Karten Design, Los Angeles, California. 8 Utah designers were selected for exhibition of their 13 designs from the 31 designs submitted.

Design Arts Utah 2011 Catalog

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Juror: Budd Steinhilber, director of the of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum 15 Utah designers were selected by Mr. Steinhilber for exhibition from the 60 designs submitted by 22 designers.

 Design Arts Utah 2010 Catalog Click to view the full catalog


Juror: Reed Kroloff, director of the of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum 9 Utah designers were selected by Mr. Kroloff for exhibition from the 42 designs submitted by 22 designers.

Design Arts Utah 2009 Catalog


Juror: Jennifer Morla, award winning designer and creative director of Design Within Reach 20 Utah designers were selected by Ms. Morla for exhibition from the 97 designs submitted by 37 designers.

Design Arts Utah 2008 CatalogClick to view the full catalog


Juror: Tucker Viemeister, VP Creative with Studio Red at Rockwell Group 15 Utah designers were selected by Mr. Viemeister for exhibition from the 47 submitted works.

 Design Arts Utah 2007 Catalog


Juror: Susan S. Szenasy, editor-in-chief of Metropolis magazine based in New York City 15 Utah designers were selected by Ms. Szenasy for exhibition from the 60 designs submitted by 36 designers.

 Design Arts Utah 2006 Catalog


Juror: Joseph Rosa, Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) 10 Utah designers were selected by Mr. Rosa for exhibition from the 42 designs submitted by 21 designers.

 Design Arts Utah 2005 Catalog


Juror: Anne Van Ingen, director of architecture, planning and design program and capital projects for the New York State Council on the Arts in New York, New York

8 Utah designers were selected by Ms. Van Ingen for exhibition from the 27 submitted works.

 Design Arts Utah 2004 Catalog


Juror: Buff Kavelman, director of the Smithsonian National Design Awards at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York 9 Utah designers were selected by Ms. Kavelman for exhibition from the 35 submitted works.

 Design Arts Utah 2003 Catalog


Jim Glenn at or 801.245.7271 or Felicia Baca at or 801.245.7272

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Utah Arts & Museums Grants

Utah Arts & Museums awards over $1 Million dollars in grants every year to support and assist arts organizations, cultural organizations, and museums across the state of Utah. Grant opportunities are available for schools and educators, nonprofit organizations, local arts agencies/municipalities, and artists. Grant funding is provided by the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts. Grants are competitive and panel-reviewed. Bring us your great ideas!

Please note NEW grant deadlines. Awards will be announced for Museum Grants, Sustainability, and Local Arts Agency grants by the end of May, 2015.

Grant opportunities are available for schools and educators, nonprofit organizations, local arts agencies/municipalities and artists. All grant applications must be submitted online. Registration is required to access grant applications and can be completed online at any time.

New to our online grants system? Call or email to request a new user profile, Laurel at (801)236-7550 or or David at (801)236-7547 or


For additional information and guidelines, please click on the links below.



Educators & Schools


Funding History

Office of Museum Services and Utah Arts Council Board-Approved Grants – FY14

Office of Museum Services and Utah Arts Council Board-Approved Grants – FY15

Applying for Grants?

Visit to access your online application. Please make sure to view the grant guidelines prior to starting your online application to ensure eligibility.

DUNS Number

All applicants are required to have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, a unique nine-digit identification number provided by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) and required for all applicants for federal grants and cooperative agreements. DUNS numbers are required for our regional and federal reports and help us track Utah’s creative vitality. Obtaining a DUNS number is absolutely free for all entities securing the number to apply for grants. In any correspondence with D&B, be sure to identify yourself as a grant applicant. For a tutorial on applying for a DUNS number, click HERE.

Grant Budget Forms

Please download the appropriate budget form when applying for Utah Arts & Museums grants.

General Operating Grant Budget Form

Project Grant Budget Form

For the Arts Education Artist-in-Residence and Arts Education Project budget forms, click HERE.

Utah Museums State Performance Goals

The museum performance goals program encourages museums to reach new standards of excellence through a self-study that covers eight vital museum programs: purpose and structure, staff, finance, facilities, collections and conservation, exhibitions, education and public relations. If you have trouble opening the worksheet, please make certain that you have the latest version of Adobe Reader

State Performance Goals

State Performance Goals Worksheet

Evaluation Forms

Successful applicants must submit a final report to Utah Arts & Museums no later than August 1. To access the final report, log in to the online grants portal at, select “update,” and click on the document icon to the far right of the grant name.

The submitted final report will be considered by the panel as part of your next application.

For the Arts Education FY15 grant report forms, click HERE.

Fiscal Sponsorship

A fiscal sponsor can make it possible for an organization to apply for grants without having its own 501(c)(3) designation. Fiscal Sponsor Rules.


Contact Laurel Cannon Alder, Grants Manager, at or 801.236.7550  or David Wicai, Support Services, at or 801-236-7547


Our museum services’ mission is to advance the value of museums within Utah and to enable the broadest physical, intellectual and emotional access to collections and programs.

Legal Issues for Small Museums–SOLD OUT !

Monday, June 8 – Tuesday, June 9, 2015    
9 am – 5 pm (both days)
Rio Grande Depot
(Zephyr Room, 2nd floor)

Presenter: Pamela J. White, JD, PhDPam white_instructor 

Pamela is a faculty member for the Graduate Program of Museum Studies at Western Illinois University.  Her courses include Legal Issues for Museums, Administration, Exhibitions, Grant Writing and Public Art.  She also teaches Grant Writing and Art, Law and Ethics for the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History and College of Law.   She is the Principal for White Cow Art Consulting, LLC focusing on public art, curatorial organization and artists’ rights.  Her clients include the University of Iowa Art in State Buildings Program. She was formerly the Interim Director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art and the Director of the Pentacrest Museums at the UI.  She has more than twenty years of experience in the museum field and has curated more than 100 exhibitions. 




Are you overwhelmed by the legal framework that impacts museums?
Would you like to know more about the ethics involved in running a museum?

This 2-day workshop, in collaboration with the Campbell Center for Historic Studies, will cover many issues to help you and your museum such as:

  • Establishing your tax exempt status
  • Copyright, censorship
  • Federal laws covering items such as the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), endangered species, and others
  • Relationships with dealers and collectors
  • Acquisitions, de-accessioning, and other collections documentation

This workshop is designed for museum professionals who are responsible for managing their museum collections and for those who manage their organizational status. Breakfast and lunch are included with your registration fee.

Registration fees are based on your yearly operational budget. Click here to register.

A limited number of scholarships that cover lodging, meals and travel are available. Please see the scholarship guidelines here.

Scholarship applications are due to on May 15th, 2015. 


Crash Course in Collections Care Workshop–Registration FULL! rcwr80.

When: Tuesday, June 16th from 9 AM-5 PM

Where: Museum of Peoples and Cultures on BYU’s campus

Cost: FREE!

Come join us for this hands-on, collections care 101 workshop that will cover best practices for exhibitions, object handling, and storage. In this workshop, you will learn how to make storage mounts for 3D objects, how to hinge, mat, and frame a 2D object, best practices for handling all types of objects, condition reporting, labeling and other skills.

Registration is free, first come first serve. Please register by emailing Jennifer Ortiz, Museum Specialist, at or calling at 801-245-7288. Registration deadline is June 10th.

This is a joint workshop being presented by the Registrar’s Committee, Western Region and the Division of Arts and Museums. Not a member of RCWR? Check them out here today!

Collections Care Assistance

Need help with your museum’s collection? Not sure where to start? Contact Museum Specialist Jennifer Ortiz at 801-245-7288 or at for any of your museum collections related questions.

Find a Museum

You can search for museums on the Utah Museums Association website, a directory fueled by data from Utah Arts & Museums. For current exhibits and events, visit Whether you are planning a day trip to a museum or a longer road trip, these sites are sources of information about the museums that you want to visit. Always confirm with the museum before traveling and please inform us of any corrections or additions.

Museum Events

Museums Advocacy Day

The Utah Museums Association and the Advisory Board of the Office of Museum Services host Museums Advocacy Day at the Legislature in the Capitol Rotunda. Click HERE for more information or to see images from past events. Mark your calendars for the next Museums Advocacy Day, which will be held February 23, 2016.


Museum Certification

The 2008 State Legislature enacted a bill creating a Certified Utah Museum designation.  Museums must be certified to be eligible for Arts & Museum grants. Certified Utah Museums pay a reduced $65 fee for their annual Charitable Solicitations Permit.

Performance Goals

The museum performance goals program encourages museums to reach new standards of excellence through a self-study that covers eight vital museum programs: purpose and structure, staff, finance, facilities, collections and conservation, exhibitions, education and public relations. If you are having trouble completing the worksheet, please check to make certain that you have the latest (free) version of Adobe Reader.



Museum Grants help museums develop and execute projects to increase knowledge of professional skills in accepted museum practices; to better preserve, exhibit, and interpret their collections; and to better serve their communities.

Capital Facilities Requests

Planning to seek financial assistance from the state for a capital project? Submit your request to Utah Arts & Museums by June 1 for prioritization by the appropriate board (Office of Museum Services or Utah Arts Council). The prioritized list of projects is provided to the Governor’s Office and State Legislature for consideration when constructing state budgets. This is not a grant and there is no funding set aside in advance for these requests.

Other Opportunities

Information about regional and national opportunities can be found on our MuseOps page.

Utah Museums Services Survey

Utah Arts & Museums conducts annual surveys to collect information on museums’ growth, development and value. Results are posted online, made available to the museum community, shared with legislators, and used for planning.

Survey Results

 Download an information sheet on the Museums program.


Contact Jennifer Ortiz at or 801.245.7288

Public Art

Public art is most commonly associated with a sculpture or painting in areas accessible or visible to the public, but it can and does go well beyond those media. Terrazzo floors, etched glass, ceiling panels, textiles, stair railings, risers, pavers, planters, landscape, fences and grates are just some of the possibilities for public art contributions to public spaces. The possibilities are as vast as the imaginations of artists and architects.

Utah’s Percent-for-Art Act

In 1985, the Legislature passed the Utah Percent-for-Art Act (Utah Code Title 9, Chapter 6, Sections 401-409), which designates 1% of construction costs of new and/or renovated state public buildings is added to the project for the purpose of commissioning, maintaining and conserving site specific art at, on, or in the facility. The collection includes a broad range of media from textiles and glass to stone and metal monumental works.

Utah Public Art Program Opportunities

  • Utah State University – Brigham City –  requesting qualifications from artists and/or artist teams interested in creating site specific artwork(s) for the inaugural project on the new campus of Utah State University in Brigham City, Utah.  This new building is designed to be unique, iconic, and timeless in order to serve as one of the community cornerstones, and the front entrance to new future campus. This community and site are at the confluence of a series of fascinating historical, cultural, agricultural, and geological features that served as great ingredients for the development of the project design.
    Budget: $62,500 – Deadline: May 22, 2015

The Utah State Legislature Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee reviews all capital projects for the State and approves or cuts public art funding for those projects. If you would like to contact the legislators on the committee to express your views on art in public places, the committee membership and committee schedule and contact information can be found online.

Projects in Process

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities

  • There are no other Utah projects registered with us at this time.

National & International Public Art Opportunities

  • The Texas Tech University System, Lubbock Texas, seeks to commission a professional artist(s) to create site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed outside of the Rawls College of Business building addition.Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
    Budget: $142,000 – Deadline: May 19, 2015, 3 p.m. (Central)
  • Edmonton, Alberta – The North East Transit Garage public art competition is open to all Local, National and International professional artists, and is held in accordance with the City of Edmonton policy “Percent for Art to Provide and Encourage Art in Public Areas”
    Budget: $1,000,000 CAD (all inclusive)  – Deadline: 4:30 pm, Tuesday, May 19, 2015

  • The City of Takoma Park Maryland is seeking artists for public art installations.  Selected artists will be part of a pool that will then be invited to submit proposals for projects over the next 5 years. Budget ranges from.
    Budget ranges: $25,000 – $40,000 each year – Deadline: May 20, 2015
  • Artists are invited to apply for a commission in Jeffersonville, Indiana, to create a family of permanent, outdoor, sculptural lighting artworks adjacent to City Hall, the Clark Memorial Hospital and the Claysburg Neighborhood.
    Budget: $55,000 – Deadline: May 22, 2015
  • Mather School Green Space Improvement Project in Dorchester
    Eligibility: Preference will be given to local and regional applications. This exciting Green Space Improvement Project will result in the creation of a permanent public art installation with surrounding landscape improvements.
    Budget: $200,000 – Deadline: May 22, 2015 at 1:59pm EST

  • The City of Peoria, Arizona is seeking submittals for its latest public art project at Camino a Lago Community Park. For more information contact: André Licardi at 623-773-5193
    Budget: $70,000 (two projects) – Deadline: 5:00 p.m. (Arizona Time) on May 27, 2015
  • An RFQ is open for the City of Emeryville Public Art Program. The Emeryville Center of Community Life is a groundbreaking partnership model for an experiment in ‘community schools’, a new way of bringing public resources to bear on the quality of life and quality of education in the community. Multiple sites are proposed for art, including indoor as well as outdoor.
    Deadline: May 29, 2015 – Budget: $150,000

  • The town of Parker, Colorado Cultural Department is seeking qualifications from an artist or artist team interested in creating a public art master plan and at least one piece of public art for the Town’s new 1.4 acre EastMain Park/Plaza site. The artist selected for the master plan would conduct stakeholder meetings and generate a narrative with accompanying renderings that identifies recommended locations and provide design guidelines for the public art.
    Budget: $10,000 to $100,000 – Deadline: May 29, 2015
  • The Nebraska State Historical Society (NSHS) and the Nebraska Arts Council (NAC) seeks artwork for the Nebraska History Museum Renovation Project, 131 Centennial Mall North (15th and P streets) in Lincoln, Nebraska. The artwork project site will be located on the exterior of the building. The project plan is to create work that focuses on the Nebraska history exhibited and interpreted in the building, welcomes visitors, and creates a dynamic element to the facade.
    Deadline: June 1, 2015 – Budget: $46,000
  • The City of Tampa Florida is seeking two public art projects for the final segment of the Tampa Riverwalk located in downtown Tampa.
    Budgets: $100,000 and $200,000 – Deadline: Friday, June 5th , 2015

  • The Regional Transportation District (RTD) of Denver, Colorado is the transportation agency for an eight-county area in Colorado serving a population of 2.8 million people. RTD is committed to increasing the number of original commissioned pieces of art throughout its district and is pleased to announce a series of commissioned art opportunities on the FasTracks I-225 Rail Line.
    Budget: $85,000 to $100,000 – Deadline: June 5, 2015

  • Art in Public Places (AiPP) on behalf of a public art initiative for the City of Bend seeks to commission a permanent, large scale sculpture for the roundabout (traffic circle) at Murphy Road & Third Street, and Reed Market & 15th Street in Bend, Oregon.
    Budget: $100,000 each – Deadline: June 8, 2015
  • The Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation (PCCF) announces an open, two-stage, national design competition to select an artistically exceptional design concept for a permanent commemorative work in Washington, D.C.  The commemorative work will honor the American ideals expressed and embodied in Peace Corps service.  The competition provides designers from all across the United States an opportunity to create a compelling, truly unique commemorative work of public art that is bold and inspirational.
    Deadline: June 12, 2015 – Budget: TBA

  • The Town of Vail’s Art in Public Places invites qualified artists to submit proposals to be considered for a commissioned public art project for the newly remodeled Vail Village Welcome Center.
    Budget: $25,000 – Deadline: June 12, 2015

  • The Town of Vail’s Art in Public Places invites professional artists to submit their qualifications and images of previously integrated public art projects for consideration at Vail’s new skatepark.
    Budget: $50,000 – Deadline: June 12, 2015
  • The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), working with the Chicago Public Library, invites professional artists to submit their interest in a public art commission for the new Greater Grand Crossing Branch Library.
    Budget: $44,335 – Deadline: June 14, 2015
  • The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE)  invites professional artists to submit their interest in a public art commission for the new Greater Grand Crossing Branch Library. Artists may propose for any public area of the library and grounds.
    Deadline: June 14, 2015 – Budget: $44,335
  • The City and County of Honolulu Commission on Culture and the Arts desires to commission a work of art for the Waianae Police Station Replacement building. This request for proposals is open to all artists, or artist teams, qualified to work in the City and County of Honolulu.
    Deadline: August 7, 2015 – Budget: $70,000

  • Atelier InSite, which is responsible for the administration of site-specific public art on the Clemson University (SC) campus, is pleased to announce a Request for Qualifications for the new Core Campus Facility project.  Atelier InSite seeks artwork for permanent installation in a high-traffic university environment. Artwork selected for the project will be reflective of the site’s internal programming, will take into account the building’s spatial and aesthetic properties, and encourage interactivity and/or functionality.
    Budget: $125,000 – Deadline: August 10, 2015
  • Philadelphia’s Public Art Program invites artists to submit an application with the Public Art Artist Registry. The registry allows artists to participate in all selection processes by maintaining a record of their work that will be consulted by Public art staff, panelists, architects, and City agencies as public art opportunities become available. The registry is open to all professional artists.
    Deadline: Ongoing


Contact Jim Glenn at or 801.245.7271 or Felicia Baca at or 801.245.7272

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Literary Arts

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums has been supporting Utah’s literary community for more than 50 years. The Utah Original Writing Competition began in 1958 and has since expanded to other offerings. Through readings, conferences and workshops offered throughout Utah, as well as support for professional development for writers, the Literary Arts program has been able to reinforce growth and interest across all literary genres.

Bite-Size Poetry

We’ve invited notable Utah poets to recite short poems they’ve written. Our friends at TWIG Media Lab have created videos of the readings. We’re releasing one a month throughout 2015. Enjoy!

Bite-Size Poetry for May 2015: Shanan Ballam

To see more videos of past Bite-Size Poets, please visit our YouTube channel.

Poet Laureate

Utah initiated its Poet Laureate program in 1997. The Poet Laureate is a Governor-appointed advocate for literature and the arts throughout the state. The Poet Laureate is available for readings at public events and in venues including libraries, universities and schools. To have the Poet Laureate visit you, please fill out the Poet Laureate appearance request form.

Literary Resources

Utah is home to a rich and diverse writing community. Throughout the state, there are several literary journals and magazines (both print and electronic), conferences, competitions, awards, festivals and presses. These range from independent to university- and college-sponsored periodicals, events and workshops, and include content in all literary genres, often paired with visual arts. Additionally, audiences for each range from local to national and from secular to religious, and are inclusive of experienced and emerging writers alike. For a list of resources, click HERE. You may also sign up for our monthly LitOps newsletter by contacting Alyssa Hickman Grove at


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Poetry Out Loud
The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with Utah Arts & Museums’ Literature Program to support Poetry Out Loud, which encourages Utah’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. State arts agencies receiving arts education funding from NEA are required to participate.

Original Writing Competition
The annual Original Writing Competition has won national respect because of the reputation of its judges and the honors received by its winners. For more than 50 years, this competition has honored some of Utah’s finest writers with public recognition, career assistance and cash prizes.

Download an information sheet on the Literary Arts program.

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