Category: Art and Literature

Virga: The Long Streaks of Grief

By Anita Tanner     Or right-click here to download the audio file: Virga: The Long Streaks of Grief   Initially it’s a downpour you fear will never stop, but it’s cleansing in the sense that there’s an emptying, and you reach utter bottom where the dregs live.   Not that you wear your grief …

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Eric Samuelsen Plays

  Accommodations Borderlands Family Gadianton (For some reason, there’s an article appended to the beginning of this document. The article is pretty interesting, but Eric’s play starts a few pages down.) Peculiarities: NCMO Peculiarities: Pizza and a Movie Peculiarities: Temps Peculiarities: Tahoe Film Version of Peculiarities The Plan   “3” can be read in this …

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2019 Sunstone Fiction Contest Winners

Congratulations to this year’s Sunstone Fiction Contest winners! The crop of stories this year was especially robust, with an eclectic mix of genres, subjects, and voices. Sunstone subscribers and Patreon patrons (patreon.com/sunstone) can look forward to reading and hearing these stories soon. 1st place: “Companion Claws,” by Larry Menlove. From our judges: “The characters felt …

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You Can Give Him a Kiss

By Alison Maeser Brimley     Or right-click to download the audio here: You Can Give Him a Kiss   Alison Maeser Brimley is the winner of the 2017 and 2018 Association of Mormon Letters Short Fiction Awards and the 2017 Mountain West Writers Contest. She lives in Utah with her husband and daughter. This …

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Fledglings

by Dayna Patterson Dayna Patterson is the author of Titania in Yellow (Porkbelly Press, 2019) and If Mother Braids a Waterfall (Signature Books, 2020). She is the founding editor-in-chief of Psaltery & Lyre, a former managing editor of Bellingham Review, poetry editor for Exponent II, and a co-editor of Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon …

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2019 Sunstone Fiction Contest

The Sunstone Education Foundation invites writers to enter its annual fiction contest, made possible by a generous grant from an anonymous donor. All entries must relate to adult Latter-day Saint experience, theology, or worldview. All varieties of form are welcome. RULES 1. Up to three entries may be submitted by any one author. Send manuscript in …

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Tower

By Ryan McIlvain Ryan McIlvain is the author of Elders (2013) and The Radicals (2018). A former Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford, McIlvain has taught writing and literature at Rutgers, Stanford, and USC.       Dad came home that afternoon from a last-minute grocery run, honking the horn from the driveway. I’d just …

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Words Matter: Lines Written in a Pew

By Anita Tanner     This is how religion kills language: it mounts a thought, drives and whips it to a frenzied destination high on a mountain peak— the ultimate, unquestioned authority of words, unaware how riding wreaks language, bleeds wounds spurred by desire here on the peak of performance.   How facile, this peak, …

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A Dove and a Serpent

By Tom Kimball Tom Kimball is an English student at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio where he also works as a staff volunteer at the Kirtland Temple.       Set in the heart of the garden was a thorn of sorts. A tree. A slash of red and blue in an ocean of …

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