We sought to define the parameters of Mormon literature broadly, acknowledging a growing body of diverse work that reflected the increasing diversity of Mormon experience. We wished to publish the highest quality of writing, both creative and critical. We welcomed unsolicited submissions of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and plays that addressed the Mormon experience either directly or by implication. We also welcomed submissions of critical essays that addressed such works, in addition to popular and non-print media (such as film, folklore, theater, juvenile fiction, science fiction, letters, diaries, sermons). Critical essays could also address Mormon literature in more general terms, especially in its regional, ethnic, religious, thematic, and genre-related configurations. We were especially interested in the following topics: Film and Religion, The Nineteenth Century, Spiritual Autobiography, International Contexts, Poetry, Sacred Texts, The Mormon Stage.
We accepted translations of literary work written in languages other than English.
As of 2013, Irreantum no longer accepted submissions, and the journal has closed. Available back issues are below. We will post others as time permits.
- Irreantum, Volume 2, No. 3, 2000
- Irreantum, Volume 6, No. 2, 2004
- Irreantum, Volume 7, No. 1, 2005
- Irreantum, Volume 7, No. 2, 2005
- Irreantum, Volume 7, No. 3, 2005
- Irreantum, Volume 8, No. 1, 2006
- Irreantum, Volume 9, No. 2, 2007; Volume 10, No. 1, 2008
- Irreantum, Volume 11, Nos. 1&2, 2009
- Irreantum, Volume 12, No. 1, 2010
- Irreantum, Volume 12, No. 2, 2010
- Irreantum, Volume 13, No. 1, 2011
- Irreantum, Volume 13, No. 2, 2011
- Irreantum, Volume 14, No. 1, 2012
- Irreantum, Volume 14, No. 2, 2012
- Irreantum, Volume 15, No. 1, 2013
2012 Irreantum Contest Winners
The Association for Mormon Letters and Irreantum magazine are pleased to announce the winners of our 2012 literary contests. This year we received 72 fiction entries, 41 personal essay entries, and 46 poetry collection entries. Entries were judged blind, and our contest committee had a number of strong submissions from which to choose. We are grateful to the Eugene England Foundation for providing funding for our fiction and personal essay contests, and to Mary Ann Taylor for providing funding for our poetry contest. These contests would not be possible without their support, well as the time and thoughtful consideration offered by Irreantum’s editorial staff and literary contest committee. Thank you to all who submitted and congratulations to this year’s winners.
2011 Irreantum Fiction Contest Winners
First Place ($300): “The Revelations of Douglas Chandler,” by Scott M. Roberts of Fredericksburg, Virginia
Second place ($200): “A Strange Report from the Church Archives,” by Steven L. Peck of Provo, Utah
Third place ($100): “Bishop Moon Sings the Stars,” by Warren Hatch of Springville, Utah
Honorable mention ($50): “Timpanogos,” by Heather Marx of Westwood, Massachusetts
With no official connection to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Irreantum fiction contest is funded through the Eugene England Foundation.
Irreantum 2012 Charlotte and Eugene England
Personal Essay Contest Winners
First place ($300): “Dominant Hands,” by Justin Kennington of Payson, Utah
Second place ($200): “The Checkers Champion of Orofino, Idaho,” by Jaren Watson of Rexburg, ID
Third place ($100): “The Soul’s Eye is a Red Star,” by Les Blake of Salt Lake City, Utah
Honorable mention ($50): “Chronic,” by Kylie Nielson Turley of Provo, Utah.
With no official connection to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Charlotte and Eugene England Personal Essay Contest is funded through the Eugene England Foundation.
2011 Irreantum Poetry Contest Winners
First place ($200): “Four Poems from Nowhere,” by Simon Peter Eggertsen of Champlain, New York
Second place ($150): “Maple Tree,” by Doug Talley of Fairlawn, Ohio
Third place ($100): “Matzevah,” by Robert Brown of Rexburg, Idaho
Honorable mention ($50): “Why I Carry Your ID,” by Melissa Dalton Bradford of Lake Geneva, Switzerland.
With no official connection to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Irreantum poetry contest is funded by Mary Ann Taylor.
Congratulations to all the winners!