Marilyn Brown Unpublished Novel Competition Deadline October 1st

October 1st is the deadline for submissions to the annual Marilyn Brown Unpublished Novel Competition.  Submission guidelines are as follows:

  • Required focus: cultural experiences in the Utah region, or LDS experiences in the Utah region or  elsewhere
  • Required genre: mainstream literature (no science fiction or fantasy)

Submission Format:

  • Minimum length of 200 pages (no maximum)
  • Typed on white paper, double-spaced, with numbered pages
  • Printed on both front and back side of paper
  • Spiral bound; cover sheet contains only the title
  • Author name and contact information sealed in business envelope with novel title (only) written on outside
  • SASE included if author wants novel returned:  no loose postage


Marilyn Brown Novel Competition
c/o  Associate Professor Jen Wahlquist, Administrator
Department of English & Literature, Mail Stop 153
Utah Valley University
800 West University Parkway
Orem, UT 84058


Submissions must be received or postmarked by October 1st of each year.  After that date novels will be considered only for the following year’s award.


The administrator will announce the current winner during the UVU School of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Award Banquet next spring, at which time the selected author will receive $1000.  Prior announcement will not occur.

–Jen Wahlquist, Associate Professor
Administrator, Marilyn Brown Unpublished Novel Competition
Utah Valley University
Department of English and Literature

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2 thoughts on “Marilyn Brown Unpublished Novel Competition Deadline October 1st”

  1. A couple of questions on the Brown novel contest:
    Can I submit a novel that’s been self-published just to give to friends?

    My book is actually a hybrid, part novel, part real history. Would it still qualify?

    I assume there is a contest this year?


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