Irreantum: A Review of Mormon Literature and Film was published quarterly (1999- 2005) and then twice annually (2006-2013), by the Association for Mormon Letters. We plan to restart Irreantum as an online literary journal in 2018.

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.

As of 2013, Irreantum no longer accepted submissions, and the journal was closed. Available back issues are below. We will post others as time permits.

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!

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  1. Greg Winget on February 18, 2017 at 12:32 am said:

    Hello! Glad to find this site.
    Can someone please tell me if there has been any recent (say, less than 50 years)
    writings about the Fall, Garden of Eden, War in Heaven, or related subjects?

    Thanks Much in advance.

    Greg Winget

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