It’s been a pleasure to read all of the submissions for the Flunking Sainthood blog contest, which offered a $250 prize for the best personal Mormon essay of about 700 words:
All entries must be original, never-before-published first-person essays that address a specific aspect of Mormon life, culture, or belief as the author has experienced it. Tell us a good story, one we have not necessarily heard before about Mormon life. Help us to see the familiar from a new angle by delving into one topic deeply and memorably.
I’m pleased to announce the $250 grand prize winner and two honorable mention finalists (who will each receive a $50 donation to the charity of their choice). All three personal essays will be edited and then published here on the blog in the days to come.
Grand prize: Eric Facer, “Pork Belly-Up”
Honorable mention: Desiree Miller, “Sisterhood of the Modest Pants”
Honorable mention: Alexandra Michelle Rucinski, “Love That Cries with You”
Look for their words in posts to come! And a sincere thank you to everyone who submitted an essay. It takes a lot of guts for writers and would-be writers to entrust a stranger with their personal stories.
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