Other Stories


I’ve got some bad news…

First a bit of explanation. I was clear across the country from my PC when some of you informed me you had not received the critiques on your Book of Mormon short stories. I got back to my PC the first week of this month and I immediately looked for the files.

They weren’t where I thought they would be. I continued to search to no avail. Then I remembered—and realized they were probably casualties in the great computer crash of Spring 2011. I went back through my offline storage files, but they weren’t there either. The only thing I can think is that I moved them from my main computer to the PC and the crash happened before my weekly back-up.

Unfortunately, the score sheets and line edits are probably lost forever.

However, I was able to recover the file where I gave each story a score of 1-5 and a brief summary of my thoughts. I will send that info to those of you who’ve requested it. I know it’s not the same but it’s the best I can do—and I sincerely apologize for both the delay and the lack of in-depth feedback.

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

[updated September 2011]

Does this mean you’ll finish the critiques on the Book of Mormon contest submissions soon?

[grimaces]

Remember when I said I was in semi-retirement? That didn’t work out so well.

When I started the Book of Mormon contest, I was still in semi-retirement and would have had plenty of time to do the critiques and put a book together, as scheduled.

However, a week after the contest was over, I was forced out of semi-retirement and back into a “real” job—which has kept me incredibly busy. The contest and anthology (as well as daily blog posting) were pushed onto a back burner, where they are still simmering. I sincerely apologize for the delay.

Yes, I am still working on the story critiques—a little at a time. But no, I don’t think there will be enough to do a proper anthology. No, I do not have a date when you can expect to have the critiques finished.

So for those of you asking for an official statement…

Book of Mormon Contest/Anthology Rights Release:
As per the one-time publishing rights referenced HERE, all authors are hereby released from the conditions implicit with submission to the contest.

That means, if you submitted a story for the Book of Mormon contest/anthology and you’d like to submit it somewhere else, go ahead and do so. If your story is unavailable when and if I decide to publish an anthology, that will be my loss.

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

2010 Book of Mormon Story Contest Winners

March 1, 2010

Are you ready for the winners? Readers’ Choice Published Author Category:Song of Saphir by David J. West Publisher’s Choice Published Author Category:Once a Gadianton… by Brenda Anderson Readers’ Choice Unpublished Author Category:The Bright Sword Covenant by Krista Lynne Jensen Publisher’s Choice Unpublished Author Category:Like Rachel by Susan Auten Over the next few weeks, I’ll do […]

Read more →

Book of Mormon Story Voting Instructions

February 22, 2010

Please read the voting instructions carefully as they are a bit tricky this time. Voting for LDSP’s 2010 Book of Mormon YA Story Contest starts NOW! VOTE between Monday, February 22 and midnight on Saturday, February 27. Voting Info: There will be four winners:Readers Choice (Published authors)Readers Choice (Unpublished authors)Publisher’s Choice (Published authors)Publisher’s Choice (Unpublished […]

Read more →

26: The Lamanite’s Prisoner

February 22, 2010

Zuri stood atop a hill. Her hair was blown back slightly in the wind. Her faithful dog Mika stood by her side and panted in the brightly shining sun. She looked down upon an army of men. To anybody else she looked like a loyal Nephite. To Zuri this was a world changing moment. She […]

Read more →

25: Song of Saphir

February 22, 2010

by David J. West Saphir moved with grace and stealth, her closest sisters. It wouldn’t do to be recognized even at this late hour. Nothing but her green eyes and wisps of red hair were readily visible. Her thin frame was wrapped in multi-colored veils that blended with the darkness like the children of shadows. […]

Read more →

24: Unexpected Warriors

February 21, 2010

by Karlene Browning “Liamnihah, return home now!” Liam’s father looked like a tiny figure in the distance, but his voice carried through the air all the way from their home to the pond. “Liam, was that your father bellowing for you?” asked Sheresh, leaning over to bump Yoran in the side. Liam shrugged at his […]

Read more →

23: More Blessed Are They

February 21, 2010

Marih pounded the mallet rhythmically against the sides of the stone basin. With each strike, the pile of grain inside shrunk in size and bulk. Marih watched as the heavy stone mallet she wielded changed each kernel to nothing but chaff and dust. Although the day was hot, it was cool in the shaded storage […]

Read more →

22: Two Thousand Sons and One Daughter

February 21, 2010

by Emily M. I did not fidget in the meeting. Much. Besides twirling my hair and tapping my toes, I barely moved at all. It was a long meeting, and I hated having to hush and sit in the back next to Mother, while Ammah was treated as though he were a man. He was […]

Read more →

21: The Race

February 20, 2010

It was only one week before the annual Spring Festival. Each time the brothers had asked Father if they could enter the horse into the race, Father had said no. It didn’t matter how much prize gold there was, Nephi was getting old and they had no chance of winning. It would just hurt the […]

Read more →

20: All My Love, Rekenah

February 20, 2010

March 27, 1939 Clarissa, my angel, The best mind in ancient languages, if I must say it myself, has been hard at work uncovering a precious history of romance and adventure for your enjoyment! You’ll recall that a two thousand-year-old treasure of perfectly preserved letters was found in an old clay vessel, stashed in a […]

Read more →

19: :Battle at Sebus

February 20, 2010

“Help! Come quick and help me!” shouted Mulek. His life long friend and cousin, Aaron, looked over at him and shook his head. At fourteen, Mulek stood only a little over five-feet-tall and it was doubtful he would grow much beyond that. Aaron, at fifteen, was also small of stature. “I told you not to […]

Read more →

18: Gideancum’s Revenge

February 20, 2010

by Wm Morris Gideancum, the youngest son of Pahoran the First, quietly nestled further into the dried maize piled up in the portico of a large storehouse just inside the southern wall of the city of Zarahemla. The Lamanite soldiers with their torches and cimeters swarmed like angry hornets through the streets of the city. […]

Read more →

17: Sacrifice

February 20, 2010

“This way,” Sarai whispered, pulling my hand. “Are you sure?” I leaned up against the stone wall. I didn’t want to move. My heart was racing, and I was forgetting to breath. “No. But we have to go. They’re going to find us.” I took measure of her eyes. “The jungle?” She nodded. We crouched […]

Read more →