Monday, August 5, 2013

Heavenly Mother Poetry and Art Contest

Martin Pulido, who coauthored the BYU Studies article, A Mother There, is hosting, along with other groups such as the Exponent, a contest.

From the contest announcement:

ABOUT: This contest celebrates the wondrous truth that we have “a mother there” in heaven overseeing our spiritual development. But while in heaven, our Heavenly Mother is present to us now. As Elder Jeffrey R. Holland observed, our “heavenly parents are reaching across... streams and mountains and deserts, anxious to hold [us] close.” This art contest aims to express the nearness of our Heavenly Mother. We welcome visual and literary arts submissions that communicate this theme, as well as other submissions that focus on Heavenly Mother.

ELIGIBILITY: The contest is open to all artists and poets. All works must be original and appropriate for public display. Each person is limited to 5 submissions. Each contestant can only win 1 award in each category. There is no entry fee.

PREPARING YOUR ENTRY: Entries should be e-mailed to Art entries should be sent in a high resolution (300 dpi) JPG format, but file sizes should not exceed 15 MB. Only 2-dimensional arts submissions will be accepted. Poetry entries should be in English, not exceed 800 words, and be sent in a PDF (preferred), DOCX, DOC, or RTF format. Names or other identifying information must not be on the poems. Please include inside your e-mail your name, address, phone number, the name of your entry, and a short description of your work (150 words max).

JUDGING: An initial round of judging will be conducted by a panel. After that, the art prize winners will be chosen by Herman Du Toit and poetry prize winners will be selected by
Susan Elizabeth Howe.

There will be cash prices of up to $500 for first place. Deadline is March 4, 2014.

The contest is generously being sponsored by Exponent II, Peculiar Pages (publisher of literary anthologies like Fire in the Pasture and Monsters & Mormons) and LDS WAVE. However, to fully fund the prizes and pay judges, the contest is still looking for donations. Visit to contribute or to find out more information.

Check it out!

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