2016 Eugene England Memorial Personal Essay Contest Winners


It was a record-breaking contest this year with more entries than ever. The judges could not confine themselves to only three awards, so four honors were given this year. Keep your eye out for these exceptional personal essays in future issues of Sunstone!

1st Place: “Invisible but Real” by John Gustav-Wrathall

2nd Place: “What Remains When Disbelief Has Gone?” by Derrick Clements

3rd Place: “The Madness of Faith,” By Emily Belanger

3rd Place: “An Open Palm and a Consecrated Life: Three Meditations on Being-With Others,” by Tyler Chadwick


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  1. Boyd Petersen says:

    If you failed to make the deadline for Sunstone’s contest, you still have time to make the Dialogue version:

    Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought
    announces a call for entries for the 2016 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 will be judged by noted Mormon authors and professors of literature. Winners will be noti ed by email and announced in our winter issue and on Dialogue’s website. After the announcement, all other entrants will be free to submit their essays elsewhere.
    First place, $300; second place, $200; third place, $100
    1. Up to three entries may be submitted by any one author. Send manu- script in PDF or Word format to englandcontest@dialoguejournal.com by September 1, 2016.
    2. Each essay must be double-spaced. All essays must be 3,500 words or less. 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 address. 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. If the entry wins, Dialogue retains rst-publication rights, though publication is not guaranteed. The author retains all literary rights. Dialogue 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 disquali cation.

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