The Sunstone Education Foundation invites writers to enter its annual fiction contest, which is made possible by a grant from the Brookie and D. K. Brown family. All entries must relate to adult Latter-day Saint experience, theology, or worldview. All varieties of form are welcome.
Stories, without author identification, will be judged by noted Mormon authors and professors of literature. Winners will be announced by 28 February 2012 on Sunstone’s website, www.SunstoneMagazine.com. Winners only will be notified by mail. After the announcement, all other entrants will be free to submit their stories elsewhere. Publication is not guaranteed, but winners agree to give Sunstone first publication options.
Prizes will be awarded in two categories: short-short story—fewer than 1,500 words; and short story—fewer than 6,000 words. Prize money varies (up to $400 each) depending on the number of winners announced.
1. Up to three entries may be submitted by any one author. Send manuscript in PDF or Word format to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 October 2011.
2. Each story must be double-spaced. The author’s name must not appear on any page of the manuscript.
3. In the body of the email, the author must state the story’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.