Spring into Books 2016

SIB 2016 Flyer final 2

Doors open at 2 pm and stay open until 6 – come for a little or a lot!


Awesome stuff to do: 

  • Meet and greet award winning authors including: Lisa Mangum, Johnny Worthen, Brian C. Hailes, Michael Jensen, Tristi Pinkston, and Adam Sidwell
  • Children’s Superhero Carnival including games, prizes, and photo ops with your favorite characters!
  • Hands on workshops and presentations about the creative process
  • Book readings from local authors
  • Poetry Slam – watch as school teams go head to head in this lively competition
  • Food Trucks – Stay for dinner or grab a yummy snack!
  • Support local authors and artists at our huge book sale and signing

There’s even a chance to win!

  • Enter your name at the event to win a fabulous door prize.
  • For you creative types out there, there is a poetry contest. Deadline has been extended to May 7th, 2016. To submit, click through to our handy submission page.

Hey Local Author! You want a piece of the action? Signing/Art table prices are very reasonable.  Space fills up quickly so don’t delay. Head on over to our easy to use sign up form for more information.

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Spring Writing Contest


The Oquirrh Writers Chapter of the League of Utah Writers
announces its Spring Writing Contest

Deadline is Midnight, March 27, 2016

Anyone in the chapter may enter

-Poetry: Any subject or style. Limit one page per entry.
-Short Stories: Fiction or Non-fiction any topic. There are two categories from which to choose:
  1. Young Adult or Juvenile–3,000 word limit.
  2. Adult–3,000 word limit
-Flash Fiction: 1,000 words or less. Any topic or genre.
-Articles (This can refer to magazine, newspaper, essays or blog entries): Any subject or style, fiction or non-fiction.
  • Word count-2,000 or under
-First Chapter-Fiction or Nonfiction, any genre, any topic. There are two categories from which to choose:
  1. Young Adult or Juvenile-3,000 word limit
  2. Adult- 3,000 word limit
Entry fee:
-Short Story, First Chapter, Flash Fiction and Articles is $10.00 for each entry
-Poetry fee is $5.00 for each entry

Notice: This will be an electronic entry ONLY. Do not send hard copy submissions. Word processor documents (doc, docx, pdf) are preferred.

  • No works that have won a prior contest can enter
  • Limit five entries per category
  • Absolutely no explicit sex or extreme violence is allowed. If your work offends the judge, it will be disqualified.
  • First place in each category will receive $20.00
  • Second place in each category will receive $15.00
  • Fees are not refundable
  • First, Second, Third, and Honorable Mention recipients will receive a certificate
  • Contest closes Midnight March 27, 2016. Checks must be postmarked by that date and time.
  • Send submission and entry form (See Entry Form Below) as an attachment to LUW.Oquirrh@gmail.comSubject: Oquirrh Writing Contest
  • Send one check made out to the Oquirrh Writers Chapter for all work submitted and one form for EACH entry you submit. You can also pay through PayPal and send money to LUW.Oquirrh@gmail.com.
  • Winners will be announced at the May 2016 Oquirrh Writers Chapter Meeting 
Submission Guidelines:
  • An entry form is required as the first page of each entry. Please copy and paste it into your submission (See Entry Form Below)
  • For Poetry entries, please put Poetry/Title in the RIGHT HEADER of submission.
(Example: Poetry/Where the Sidewalk Ends)
  • For all other entries, please put Category/Age Group/Title in RIGHT HEADER of submission
(Example: First Chapter/Juvenile/Harry Potter)
  • Insert a page number as a FOOTER in the submission.
  • Your name should not appear anywhere on your submissions other than on the entry form (See Entry Form in Box Below).
  • Put your Last name/Title/Category in the subject line of the email.
This is a great opportunity to get feedback on your work and it’s a great platform step as well. We have some great judges and editors who are looking for gold stars. Take advantage of this contest. You never know what could happen.
             Oquirrh Contest Entry Form 2016
Your Name:


Phone Number:


Entry Title:

Category Name:

Age Level:

This is my own work that has never won a prize before (Please write name if this is accurate):

Place initials verifying the authenticity that this is your own work:

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Christmas Writing Contest

free_christmas_vectors_download_christmas_vector_images_and_art_free-12The Chapter of the League of Utah Writers is excited to announce a new contest!  This year we will be hosting a Christmas themed contest. Bring out your best and most creative Christmas stories and poetry for this one, we are looking for ideas we haven’t read over and over.

As a perk, we will be printing an anthology using the top entries in each category and we will do our best to have those available for gifting at Christmas.

The entry window opens on Sept 1st, 2015 and closes October 15th at midnight.

Here are the categories that will be included in the Christmas anthology: 

  • Poetry: Limit one page per entry
  • Young Adult Short Story: 3000 word limit,  fiction or non-fiction.
  • Adult Short Story: 3000 word limit, fiction or non fiction.
  • Flash Fiction: 1000 words or less
  • Cover Art – see submission guidelines for technical specifications.

1st Chapter contest

Because we love you, and because you are all working on such awesome projects, we will also be doing a 1st chapter contest. There are two categories, young adult and adult. 3000 word limit.

Entry Fees:

  • $5.00 per Poetry entry and Cover Art entry
  • $10.00 per Short Story, Flash Fiction, and 1st chapter


  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places will receive a prize equal to or greater than the entry fee, this amount will be determined by the number of entries received per category.
  • All places and honorable mentions will receive a certificate.

Rules and Regulations:

  • Electronic submission only.
  • No works that have won a prior contest may enter
  • Limit two entries per category
  • No explicit sex or extreme violence will be permitted. Offensive work will be disqualified.
  • Fees are not refundable.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions must be sent to luw.oquirrh@gmail.com
  • Payment must be sent by Paypal to the same luw.oquirrh@gmail.com. If you do not use Paypal, contact Jodi.milner@gmail.com for alternate payment options. Payment must be received by  Oct 15th my midnight for the entry to be considered.
  • All entries must be submitted as an attachment in .doc, .docx, or .pdf  – if we can’t open your submission we can’t judge it.
  • All pages of the attachment must be double spaced, 12 pt font, Times New Roman or Courier New.
  • In the body of the email please include the following information: your name, address, phone, email, entry title, and category. This will serve as your entry form.
  • In the attachment,  your title page must contain your title, word count, and contest category. DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON THIS PAGE.
  • Poetry entries – include your title, centered, above your entry. DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON THIS PAGE.
  • Format subject line of the email as follows: TITLE, Name, Category (ex: EARTH GIRL , Desmond Peabody, first chapter YA
  • Format file name as follows: TITLE category.jpg (ex: EARTH GIRL first chapter ya.docx)
  • In the header of your entry please include the title and category (except for poetry, we can figure it out🙂
  • In the footer please include page numbers.

Submission Guidelines for Cover Art:

  • Electronic submissions only.
  • High Resolution images only (remember, this will be printed!)
  • All people appearing in image must give written consent.
  • No trademarked images, keep it legal people.
  • Nothing objectionable. No, really.
  • Send entry and contest entry fee (via Paypal) to luw.oquirrh@gmail.com . If you don’t paypal contact Jodi.milner@gmail.com.
  • In the body of the email please include the following information: your name, address, phone, email, entry title (if it has one), and category. This will serve as your entry form.
  • Format subject line of the email as follows: TITLE, Name, Category (ex: FANTASY FLIGHT, Desmond Peabody, cover art)
  • Format file name as follows: TITLE category.jpg (ex: FANTASY FLIGHT cover art.jpg)
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Spring into Books 2015 Featured Artists

At last, here is the complete (to my knowledge) list of this year’s featured artists who will be appearing at the Spring into Books event! Scroll through and find your favorite!

Thal Dixon C.R. Asay Carolyn Steele Margot Hovley L.G. Rollins Drienie Hattingh
Lori Nawyn Margot Hovley Mark Minson Promo Mikey Brooks Promo Neils Knudsen Pendragon Inman Rashelle Workman Rebecca Blevins Rebecca Rode Robin Glassey Roger White Scott Tarbet Sherry Taylor Promo SR Watts Steven J. Clark 1 Valerie J.O. Gardner Wendy Knight Ali Cross Promo Angela Corbett Anna del C Dye brittney mulliner C. Michelle Jefferies C.E. Vance Candace Thomas Christy Monson Cindy Hogan Donna Weaver Eliza Crosby Heather Monroe Holli Anderson Holly Kelly Jaclyn Weist Jared Quan promo Jason King Jenny Moore Jewel Allen Jo Schneider K.A. Parkinson Karen Hoover Kristin Holt Lauren Ritz lauri schoenfeld Lindzee Armstrong Loralee Evans

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Spring into Books Author Reading Schedule


Author Reading Schedule

Author will read a short section of their book for about 10-15 minutes and answer questions from audience for their remaining time. We ask that all authors end 1-2 minutes before the next scheduled author reading to allow time for that author to prepare. There will be a schedule coordinator to help you keep time.


  • 3:00-3:20: Christy Monson
  • 3:20-3:40: Steven J. Clark
  • 3:40-4:00: Thal Dixon
  • 4:00-4:20: C.E. Vance
  • 4:20-4:40: Holli L. Anderson
  • 4:40-5:00: S.R. Watts
  • 5:00-5:20: Donna K. Weaver
  • 5:20-5:40: Angela A. Corbett
  • 5:40-6:00: Holly A. Kelly
  • 6:00-6:20: Brittney C. Mulliner
  • 6:20-6:40: K.A. Parkinson
  • 6:40-7:00: Roger Bourke White Jr.
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Spring into Books Presentation Schedule


Writing & Illustration Presentations

*Those marked with an asterisk are geared toward younger writers and illustrators.

The presentations that are bolded feature our Special Guests.



Area A:          Building a Story Using the 5 Pillars, with Adam Sidwell

Area B:           Recreating Fairytales, with Jaclyn Weist

Area C:          *The Basics of a Story’s Plot, with Loralee Evans

Area D:          Treasure the Writer’s Journey, with Lauri J. Schoenfeld

Area E:           How to be an Idea Factory, with Karen E. Hoover


Area A:          *Make a Comic Book, with Jess Smart Smiley

Area B:           The Small Publisher Adventure, with Scott E. Tarbet

Area C:          Basic Story Structure, with C. Michelle Jefferies

Area D:          The Importance of Perspective, with Candace J. Thomas

Area E:           Developing Characters in Children’s Books, with Rebecca L. Blevins


Area A:          *Character Mash-up Drawing with Mikey Brooks & Ali Cross

Area B:           Book Publishing Trends, with RaShelle Workman

Area C:          An Author’s Education, with V.J.O. Gardner

Area D:         How Heroes Overcome Challenges, with Jewel Allen

Area E:          Strong Female Characters, with Wendy Knight


Area A:          Writing Hooks & Query Letters, with Lisa Mangum

Area B:           *The Voices in My Head Are Writing a Novel, with L.G. Rollins

Area C:          Using Magic Systems, with Mark Minson

Area D:         Writing Suspense or Mystery, with Cindy M. Hogan

Area E:           After the First Draft, with Robin Glassey


Area A:          *Illustrating Presentation, with Owen Richardson

Area B:           10 Reasons I rejected Your Submission, with Jason J. King

Area C:          Romance vs. Sex, with Anna del C. Dye

Area D:         The Setting of a Novel, with Rebecca Rode

Area E:           How to Torture Your Characters, with Jo Schneider

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Spring into Books!


This Year’s Special Guests:Frank Cole

Jess Smart SmileyLisa Mangum

Adam Sidwell Owen Richardson

To see the comprehensive list of featured guest artists, follow this link!

Announcing this year’s “Spring into Books” event, Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 3pm-7pm at the Viridian Event Center (8030 South 1825 West, West Jordan, Utah).

‘Spring into Books’ is an annual event for the whole family sponsored by the West Jordan Arts Council, Salt Lake County Library Services, and the League of Utah Writers; in correlation with The West Jordan School District. This event is to help gain a better love of reading, writing, and illustrating. The event features FREE writing and illustration presentation by award winning authors and illustrators, book readings featuring local authors, a superhero children’s carnival, and a book signing where you can meet and greet local authors. We invite all ages to come and have fun celebrating BOOKS! There will be snacks, games and prizes for the kids. So come and ‘Spring into Books’!

And the best part – IT’S FREE!

Bring the whole family!

Want to keep up with the latest announcements – tune in and like our Facebook event page!

Click here for the Presentation Schedule!

Click here for the Author Reading Schedule!

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