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.
Maine Constitution Essay & Poster Contest
Our most popular student program, the Maine Constitution Essay and Poster Contest is designed to promote the history of Maine, the Maine Constitution and the importance of democracy and voting. This contest is open to Maine students at all grade levels. We received a total of 135 entries for the 2017 contest from students all over the state of Maine.
2018 contest entries are due on March 9.
Students at the kindergarten through 5th grade level participate in a poster contest:
- Students in grades K - 3 draw posters of official Maine symbols;
- Students in grades 4 & 5 draw posters with a Maine history theme.
Students at the junior high (middle school) and high school levels participate in an essay contest:
- Students in grades 6-8 write an essay on the Maine Constitution;
- Students in grades 9-12 write an essay on the importance of voting and democracy.
A panel of judges reviews the entries and selects a winning entry in each category. Each of the selected students and his or her class will be invited to be the Secretary of State's guest for a day in Augusta. These students will be able to view the Maine Constitution, a particular honor, since it is only removed from its special vault on very few occasions. The students may also visit the Maine State Museum and the State House.
Winners of the 2017 Contest
Winners of the 2016 Contest
Winners of the 2015 Contest
Previous Years Winners