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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.

The results of the 2016 Utah Original Writing Competition are in! Here are some comments from this year’s judges:

“It wasn’t easy – all very strong work.”

“I am simply blown away with how strong these submissions are – they’ve been a pleasure to read.”

“I can’t even tell you how difficult it was to make a final decision.”

Many thanks to all who entered! Please join us for an awards celebration on Saturday, November 5, from 1 – 5 p.m. at the Salt Lake Downtown Library in the 4th Floor Conference Room. In the meantime, here’s a video from last year’s celebration.

Click HERE to see the list of winners.

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

For reference, here are the 2016 guidelines.

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


Contact Alyssa Hickman Grove at or 801.236.7548.

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