Uid Essay Contest

In issue 49.2, BYU Studies Poetry Editor Casualene Meyer asks the contest judges to give their views on what makes good poetry. This insightful piece gives readers and budding poets a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the knowledge and attitudes of those who live in the world of words.

From its earliest days BYU Studies has sought after and published the very best of Latter-day Saint scholarship. In addition to presenting excellent research and analytic articles, for nearly two decades we have explored personal and creative works by sponsoring annual writing contests for poetry and essays. Just as academic works are peer-reviewed, these creative works are judged by scholars of creative writing. The winning essays and poetry are beautiful expressions of faith and striving, filled with insight and clarity. The authors invite us to journey by their sides as they examine the struggles, devotions, joys, and sorrows of life lived from a uniquely Mormon perspective.

You can see the winning poems and essays by clicking on the links below.

Each year, the University of Idaho’s Creative Writing Program sponsors the Hemingway Festival to honor the annual PEN/Hemingway Award recipient. This prestigious award is given for a novel or collection of short stories by an American author who has not previously published a book of fiction. The author then visits the University of Idaho to read and to meet with students, faculty and the community during the festival.

This year, the University of Idaho English Department’s 9th annual Hemingway Festival will continue to celebrate this legacy of literary arts, including the 2018 Hemingway High School Writing Contest and readings by 2017–2018 U of I Hemingway Fellow Grant Maierhofer and 2017 PEN/Hemingway Award winner Yaa Gyasi.

The festival will also host readings by distinguished visiting authors, MFA faculty, and students, including a sneak peek event at BookPeople of Moscow, an academic panel on Hemingway and his scholars at the Moscow Public Library, and a screening of the recent documentary film, “Papa’s Shadow: Hemingway in East Africa” at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre. All festival events, with the exception of the fundraising dinner, are free and open to the public. A portion of the proceeds from this fundraising event benefits the University of Idaho Ernest Hemingway Fellowship Fund.

Hemingway Festival Events Poster (PDF)


For more information about the Hemingway Festival, please call the U of I English Department at 208-885-6156.

2018 Festival Schedule

Thursday, March 1
Scholars on Hemingway & Place
Panel Chaired by: Suzanne del Gizzo
with Laura Godfrey, Dale Graden, & Joseph Mbele

11 a.m., Moscow Public Library / Free
Film Screening
“Papa’s Shadow: Hemingway in East Africa” 

“Explore the integral role of two safaris in their shaping of an author and the demise of a legend, with insight from Hemingway’s son…”
1 pm / Kenworthy / Free
Sneak Peeks Reading
with U of I MFA Faculty
7 p.m., BookPeople of Moscow / Free

Friday, March 2
Hemingway’s Cuban Legacy with Diane Kelly-Riley
1 p.m., Moscow Public Library / Free

High School Contest Winners Presentation & Reception for Yaa Gyasi
Will include hors d’oeuvres by Bloom
5:30 p.m., McConnell Mansion / Free

PEN/Hemingway Winner, Yaa Gyasi Public Reading 
7 p.m., Moscow High School Auditorium / Free

Saturday, March 3
Hemingway Fellowship Fundraiser Dinner
A Staged Reading of “Hills Like White Elephants” with Kelly Quinnett, Dylan Paul, and Ben James
Call 208-885-6156 for tickets or buy tickets online.
6 p.m., Bloom

A Moveable Feets
Graduate Student Reading and Dance Party
7:30 p.m., One World Café; Free

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