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By AML Press Release

AML Announces Irreantum Fiction Contest Winners

PROVO, UTAH -- The Association for Mormon Letters is pleased to announce the winners of the first annual Irreantum fiction contest:

First prize ($100) goes to Darlene Young for her short story "Companions." According to contest judge Tory Anderson, the story "is a sensitive piece exploring the lives of two young visiting teaching companions. This story explores the distance that exists between human beings in the face of all that tries to bring two people close, such as marriage, wards, or being companions in teaching the gospel. 'Companions' also explores the sources of hope that exist to keep people searching for a way to close that distance."

Second place ($75) goes to Sam Brunson for his short story "Tony Gwynn International." This story "deals with a stolen dog named Bob and kissing a smoker. It's a fast-moving story in a fast-moving setting that explores unusual situations with charm. In spite of the fast pace and the unusual situations, 'Tony Gwynn International' subtly keeps its ties to the Mormon culture, perhaps in ways that are not wholly unusual in this day and age."

Third place ($50) goes to Karen Rosenbaum for her short story "Price." This story "explores the Mormon culture from what some would call off center. In this story you have faithful Mormon women who have not married faithful Mormon men. 'Price' explores, among other things, happiness and how it can exist where some may think it shouldn't."

All three winning entries will be published soon in the quarterly literary magazine IRREANTUM, and next year's contest will be announced next spring with a probable entry deadline of July 31, 2002. Judge Tory Anderson writes, "The entries in the first annual Irreantum fiction writing contest revealed both the ties that keep the Mormon culture intact and the differences that keep the culture healthy. Next year we look forward to double the entries to get an even broader and more in-depth look at the Mormon culture."

For a sample copy of Irreantum's current issue, send $4 to the address below. For a one-year subscription to Irreantum (4 issues), send $12. To join the nonprofit Association for Mormon Letters, send $20 annual dues (includes Irreantum subscription, a copy of the book-length AML Annual, and discounts to AML events). Make checks payable to AML and mail to AML, P.O. Box 51364, Provo, UT 84605-1364. To join the free AML-List e-mail discussion, send an e-mail message to that reads: subscribe aml-list. If you have any questions about anything related to the AML, see our website at or e-mail us at


AML Announces Irreantum Fiction Contest Winners
AML Press Release 13Aug01 A4


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