Portuguese-language Mormon Short Story Contest

I’m apparently just doing announcements today (which is why I’m breaking the rule and doing two posts in a day), so here is one that I’ve been working on — the Portuguese-language Parley P. Pratt Mormon Short Story Contest (link is to a Portuguese-language website). Below is the text in English of the contest announcement:

In order to promote and develop Mormon literature in Portuguese, we are pleased to announce the first Parley P. Pratt Mormon Short Story Contest. Starting April 1st, Mormons who write in Portuguese will be able to submit their writing to compete for publication and prizes totaling R$1,000 (Brazilian Reais – approximately $500 or EUR 400).

The contest is the first attempt to encourage development of Mormon literature in Portuguese. Although there have been Portuguese-speaking LDS Church members since the 1940s. Only in the past two decades has the number of members become large enough to see local Mormon culture develop. With a large enough audience, it is now time to see what Portuguese-speakers can produce.

Those interested in writing can submit their stories starting April 1st, and before July 1st. The winners of the contest and those stories that have been selected for inclusion in a published anthology of the best stories will be announced on October 1st. The anthology should be available starting December 1st.

The contest is open to anyone, and each contestant can submit up to three stories of up to 10,000 words, however entries must be written in Portuguese and must have some kind of connection to Mormonism. A three person jury will judge the entries and select both those who will receive cash prizes and those stories that will be included in the anthology. The organizers and the jury and their families are ineligible. [Please read the full rules before submitting an entry.]

Since the contest is only open to works written in Portuguese, the website describing the rules is also in Portuguese. Anyone wanting further information is welcome to ask me – kent [at] motleyvision [dot] org.

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