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Original Writing Competition

Since 1958, the Utah Original Writing Competition has awarded Utah writers for works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in a variety of forms. The competition’s mission is to aid Utah writers on their path to publication and broader recognition. Submissions must be original works and, with some exceptions, cannot be published or accepted for publication at the time of entry. Manuscripts are reviewed in a blind process by judges selected from outside of Utah. There is no entry fee, and it is open to all Utah residents age 18 and over.

Click HERE to see photos from the 2017 Utah Original Writing Competition awards event, held at Finch Lane Gallery on November 4.

2017 Utah Original Writing Competition Winners

Category A: Novel, judged by Matthew Batt

First Place: Forever Desolation, by Tim Glenn (Green River)
Second Place: The Evidence of Damage, by Shauna Brock (Salt Lake City)
Honorable Mention: Bluebird, by Michael Scott Smith (Salt Lake City)

Category B: Creative Nonfiction Book, judged by Rebecca Rule

First Place: Not in My House, by Susanna Nielsen Barlow (Bluffdale)
Second Place: The Architecture of a Mother, by Rebecca Brenner (Park City)
Honorable Mention: Girl on a Pony, by Christine Fraizer (Millcreek)

Category C: Book-length Collection of Stories, judged by Becky Bradway

First Place: Coyote Sky, by Joni Hemond (Salt Lake City)
Second Place: Silver Wings, by Kevin Holdsworth (Parowan)
Honorable Mention: Different Ways Home, and Other Stories, by Gene Gerstner (Springdale)

Category D: Young Adult Book, judged by Elizabeth Briggs

First Place: By the Blood of the Witches, by Alison Woods (Springville)
Second Place: Worth It, by Stephanie Moore (Farmington)
Honorable Mention: The Logic of Love, Cynicism, and Related Theories, by Patrice Carey (Provo)

Category E: Poetry, judged by Cole Swensen

First Place: “A Smell Sleepless,” by Elisabeth Loveland (Provo)
Second Place: “The Skull on the Table,” by Claire Akebrand (Provo)
Honorable Mention: “Filling Cracks & Walking on Water,” by Maurine Haltiner (Salt Lake City)

Category F: Short Story, judged by Craig Holden

First Place: “The Birth Canal,” by Larkin Weyand (Pleasant Grove)
Second Place: “Samantha’s Memory,” by Aaron Allen (Orem)
Honorable Mention: “In Denver,” by Ranjan Adiga (Salt Lake City)

Category G: Creative Nonfiction Essay, judged by Michael Martone

First Place: “On Blushing,” by Elizabeth Tidwell (Pleasant Grove)
Second Place: “Marquinn Intake Form,” by Andrew Romriell (Logan)
Honorable Mention: “Systole, Diastole,” by Darlene Young (South Jordan)
Honorable Mention: “Thought Runs on the Fugitive Concept ‘Thing-Theory,’” by Eugene Washington (Logan)

Click HERE to see a list of the 2017 judges and their bios.

Here are the 2017 guidelines if you’d like to review them.

Click HERE to see lists of past winners from 2000 to the present.

Questions?

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

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