We host an annual personal essay contest.

"Pain: A Brief History of My Intensity" was first runner-up in the 2013 Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest. There's an interview with TNQ’s nonfiction editor Susan Scott. It earned me a 2014 Honourable Mention for a National Magazine Award in the category of “Best New Magazine Writer”.

The Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest: $1000 for one winning essay

I wrote my first story at the age of five, a retelling of the Icarus myth titled I have worked as a documentary film producer, a radio producer, and a college writing professor. I now devote myself to writing fantasy, science fiction, steampunk, and personal essays. I have been published and received awards in the Locutorium, the BYU Studies Personal Essay Contest, the Meeting of the Myths, Four Centuries of Mormon Stories, the Mormon Lit Blitz, and the Tempe Community Writing contest. (Most of these stories and essays are available online–see my page.)


“” -- First Place, Memoirs, Ink personal Essay Contest, 2009

Essay in the March 2015 issue of , winner of the Write for Chatelaine personal essay contest.

As an official judge for the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition (a personal essay contest which this month), I read a lot of essays, the quality of which fluctuated from powerful to pointless. Despite this range, what struck me most were the handful-and-a-half common, correctable mistakes that kept many essays, even potentially wonderful ones, from truly hitting their mark.