Monday, November 8, 2021

Exciting News about the Annual BYU Studies Poetry and Personal Essay Contests


Increase in Prize Money

To continue the tradition of outstanding poetry and personal essays that have appeared in BYU Studies Quarterly in the past, and in recognition of the growing excellence of Latter-day Saint creative writers, beginning in 2022, the Clinton F. Larson Poetry Contest and the Richard H. Cracroft Personal Essay Contest, both sponsored by BYU Studies, will offer the following awards: 


            First Prize                  $1,500

            Second Prize             $1,000

            Third Prize                $   500


Contest winners and finalists will generally be published in issues of BYU Studies Quarterly during the subsequent year.



Beginning in 2022, these contests are open to all writers except employees of BYU Studies, their immediate families, and members of the editorial board. Authors who receive an award are not eligible to compete in that category for the next year but may enter the other category.


Right of First Refusal

Entering either contest indicates that you agree to give BYU Studies the right of first refusal to publish your poem or essay. We do not accept work that has been published online or in print or is under consideration elsewhere, that has previously won any award from another contest, or that may be the property of another publisher. Do not simultaneously submit your poem or essay to our contests and to any other periodical or writing contest. Authors may not submit contest entries for consideration by any other contest or publication until BYU Studies contest results are announced. In most cases, poems and personal essays published in BYU Studies Quarterly are chosen from contest entries.



The deadline for entering is January 31, 2022. Instructions for submitting entries are available on the BYU Studies website (