James Goldberg’s Four Centuries of Mormon Stories contest was a fantastic opportunity to get a look at twelve excellent visions on Mormon short-short stories told from a wide variety of viewpoints and structures. Each story was posted online, and open discussions hosted on various blogs in the greater Mormon literosphere. Contest winners were selected by popular vote.
Not surprisingly, my vote only hit on one of the four winners; all of the twelve finalists were fine stories and I suspect they were mostly bunched up together. While I can’t complain about the winning selections, it did surprise me a little that my pick for number one didn’t place at all.
I think hearing peoples’ top four (or five or six) stories would be interesting, and a polite discussion around reasons would be enlightening in seeing how different readers responded to different things from their unique viewpoints.
James posted links to the finalist stories on Everyday Mormon Writer. Follow the links to read the full text; links to discussions appear at the bottom.
For review, here were the finalist stories:
While the discussions on each story are very interesting and enlightening, I think commenting on how and why folks ranked as they did is a somewhat different activity. Your views are greatly appreciated.