Irreantum Contest Reminder

The deadline for Irreantum’s 2011 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry contests is coming up. If you don’t have something ready to enter, please start writing.

Irreantum Contest Rules

All unsolicited fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction submissions must be received during our submission window, January 1-May 31. These submissions will be considered for that year’s Irreantum Fiction Contest, Poetry Contest, or Charlotte and Eugene England Personal Essay contest, and must be submitted according to contest rules. Any submission received outside the submission window will not be considered; however, we encourage authors to consider resubmitting the following year after January 1st. Individuals may submit a maximum of three entries total to all three contests (e.g. a person may submit one entry in each genre, or a person may submit three entries to the fiction contest).

Irreantum Fiction Contest

The first-place author will be awarded $300, second place $200, and third place $100 (unless judges determine that no entries are of sufficient quality to merit awards). Publication is not guaranteed, but winners agree to give Irreantum first publication rights.

Any unpublished fictional form up to 8,500 words will be considered, including short stories and excerpts from novels. Because Irreantum is a literary journal dedicated to exploring Mormon culture, entries that relate to the Mormon experience in some way will be given preference in judging. Authors need not be LDS. Irreantum staff and members of the AML board are not eligible.

Deadline: May 31.

Submission Instructions

Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Please email your entry as an MS Word, WordPerfect, or RTF file attachment to fictioncontest@mormonletters.org.

In the subject line, please write “2011 Fiction Contest.” Include your name, the title of your submission, and your contact information, including address and phone number, in the body of the email. Do not put your submission in the body of your email.

To facilitate blind judging, no identifying information should appear in the story itself other than the title of the manuscript, which should appear as a header on each page.

Winners will be posted on Irreantum’s website, irreantum.mormonletters.org by August 31.

With no official connection to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Irreantum Fiction Contest is funded through a grant from the Eugene England Foundation.

Irreantum Charlotte and Eugene England Personal Essay Contest

The first-place author will be awarded $300, second-place $200, and third-place $100 (unless judges determine that no entries are of sufficient quality to merit awards). Publication is not guaranteed, but winners agree to give Irreantum first publication rights.

Unpublished personal essays up to 5000 words will be considered. Because Irreantum is a literary journal dedicated to exploring Mormon culture, entries that relate to the Mormon experience in some way will be given preference in judging. Authors need not be LDS. Irreantum staff and members of the AML board are not eligible.

Deadline: May 31.

Submission Instructions

Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Please email your entry as an MS Word, WordPerfect, or RTF file attachment to essaycontest@mormonletters.org.

In the subject line, please write “2011 Essay Contest.” Include your name, the title of your submission, and your contact information, including address and phone number, in the body of the email. Do not put your submission in the body of your email.

To facilitate blind judging, no identifying information should appear in the essay itself other than the title of the manuscript, which should appear as a header on each page.

Winners will be posted on Irreantum’s website, irreantum.mormonletters.org by August 31.

With no official connection to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Charlotte and Eugene England Personal Essay Contest is funded through a grant from the Eugene England Foundation.

Irreantum Poetry Contest

The first-place poet will be awarded $200, second-place $150, and third-place $100 (unless judges determine that no entries are of sufficient quality to merit awards). Publication is not guaranteed, but winners agree to give Irreantum first publication rights. Unpublished groups of 3-5 poems with a 100 line limit per poem will be considered. A series of 3-5 interconnected poems as well as a group of 3-5 independent poems are both acceptable. Irreantum staff and members of the AML board are not eligible.

Deadline: May 31.

Submission Instructions

Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Please email your entry as an MS Word, WordPerfect, or RTF file attachment to poetrycontest@mormonletters.org. In the subject line, please write “2011 Poetry Contest.” Include your name, the title of your submission, and your contact information, including address and phone number, in the body of the email. Do not put your submission in the body of your email.

To facilitate blind judging, no identifying information should appear in the poetry itself other than the title of the manuscript, which should appear as a header on each page. Poetry submissions may be identified by the title of the first poem.

Winners will be posted on Irreantum’s website, irreantum.mormonletters.org by August 31.

With no official connection to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Irreantum Poetry Contest is funded by a grant from Mary Ann Taylor.

About Kathleen Dalton-Woodbury

Author of six professionally published short stories; moderator of two online writing workshop forums for Orson Scott Card (The Hatrack River Writers Workshop and the Nauvoo Workshop for LDS Writers); part-time computer genealogist; AML Review Archive editor and AML website flunky; mother of three and grandmother of five, so far (plus slave of a polydactyl, part-lynx-point snowshoe Siamese cat); Salt Lake Temple ordinance worker; lover of reading, knitting, and dark chocolate.
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2 Responses to Irreantum Contest Reminder

  1. Th. says:

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    Here’s something I don’t understand. is a poetry submission 3-5 poems and that counts as one of the possible three submissions total? Or may one submit up to five poems unless one has submitted in another category in which case the 3-max rule kicks in?

    I’m unlikely to submit poetry, but every time I’ve looked at this since January I have wondered.

  2. Angela H. says:

    Theric, a group of 3-5 poems counts as one submission. We will allow three submissions total, so that means a poet could submit three different groupings of 3-5 poems, or a writer who works in a number of genres could submit one poetry grouping, one essay, and one short story. Hope that helps to clear up the confusion.

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