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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 2018 Utah Original Writing Competition will open in early May and close June 22. The guidelines, which will contain the link to the online submission form, will be posted on this page in late April/early May.

In the meantime, here are the 2017 guidelines if you’d like to review them, as they won’t change very much (the two categories that alternate genres from year to year are noted).

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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