2015 Eugene England Memorial Personal Essay Contest Call for Entries

washburn-strandsSunstone announces a call for entries for the 2015 Eugene England Memorial Personal Essay Contest

In the spirit of Gene’s writings, entries should relate to Latter-day Saint experience, theology, or worldview. Essays, without author identification, will be judged by noted Mormon authors and professors of literature. Winners will be announced by 31 May 2015 on Sunstone’s website, Sunstone.org. Winners only will be notified by email. After the announcement, all other entrants will be free to submit their essays elsewhere.

Prizes: A total of $450 will be shared among the winning entries.

It is strongly recommended that entrants read some of the essays of past winners:

Still and Small, By J Washburn

Lessons in Mormon Modernism: Or, How I Learned to Love the Provo and Ogden Temples, By Alan Barnett

Five Fish in a Barrel: Phineas and His Wives, By Deja Earley

Sacred Space, Strong Women, and Climbing Vines: Finding Religion in Brazil, By Kate Maryon Herrick


1. Up to three entries may be submitted by any one author. Send manuscript in PDF or Word format to sunstone.editor[at]gmail[dot]com by 28 February 2015.

2. Each essay must be double-spaced. All essays must be 3500 words or fewer. The author’s name should not appear on any page of the essay.

3. In the body of the email, the author must state the essay’s title and the author’s name, address, telephone number, and email. The author must also include language attesting that the entry is her or his own work, that it has not been previously published, that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere, and that it will not be submitted to other publishers until after the contest. The author must also grant permission for the manuscript to be filed in the Sunstone Collection at the Marriott Library of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. If the entry wins, Sunstone magazine retains first-publication rights though publication is not guaranteed. The author retains all literary rights. Sunstone discourages the use of pseudonyms; if used, the author must identify the real and pen names and the reasons for writing under the pseudonym.

Failure to comply with the rules will result in disqualification.