AML Awards

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The AML Awards are given annually by the Association for Mormon Letters to the best work "by, for, and about Mormons."

The award categories vary from year to year depending on what the AML decides is worthy of honor.

1977[edit]

Criticism

  • Clifton Holt Jolley for "The Martyrdom of Joseph Smith: An Archetypal Study"

Poetry

Short Fiction

1978[edit]

Criticism

  • Steven P. Sondrup for "Literary Dimensions of Mormon Autobiography"

Poetry Honorable Mention

Short Fiction

Short Fiction Honorable Mention

  • Karen Rosenbaum for "Hit the Frolicking, Rippling Brooks"[2]

1979[edit]

Criticism

  • Cindy Lesser Larsen for "Whoever Heard of a Utah Poet?: An Overview of Poetry in the Early Church"

Poetry

Short Fiction

  • Bela Petsco for Nothing Very Important and Other Stories[3]

1980[edit]

Biography

Criticism

  • Linda Sillitoe for "New Voices, New Songs: Contemporary Poems by Mormon Women"

Novel

Poetry

1981[edit]

Criticism

  • George S. Tate for "The Typology of the Exodus Pattern in the Book of Mormon"

Poetry

Poetry and Short Fiction

Short Fiction

  • Robert A. Christmas for "Another Angel"[5]

1982[edit]

(lost)

1983[edit]

Criticism Honorable Mention

  • Eugene England for "The Dawning of a Brighter Day: Mormon Literature after 150 Years"

Drama

  • Thomas F. Rogers for God's Fools: Plays of the Mitigated Conscience

Editing & Publishing Honorable Mention

Humor Honorable Mention

  • Calvin Grondahl for Freeway to Perfection
  • Clifton Holt Jolley for "Selling the Chevrolet: A Moral Exercise"

Novel

Poetry

Poetry Honorable Mention

  • Holly Ann Welker for "Feet";"Patience";"On My Father's 50th Birthday";"The Birthday Present"

Sermon Honorable Mention

Short Fiction

Special Award Honorable Mention

1984[edit]

Editing & Publishing

  • Scott Kenney

Novel

Personal Essay

  • Eugene England for A Dialogue with Myself: Personal Essays on Mormon Experience

Special Award

1985[edit]

Criticism

  • Steven Walker for "Seven Ways of Looking at Susanna"

Novel

  • Herbert Harker for Circle of Fire

Personal Essay

  • Edward Geary for "Goodbye to Poplarhaven"

Poetry

Short Fiction

  • Neal C. Chandler for "Benediction"[8]

1986[edit]

Children’s Literature

  • Steve Wunderlie (author) and Brent Watts (illustrator) for Marty’s World

Personal and Family-History Book

  • Myrtle McDonald for No Regrets

Personal and Family-History Essay

  • Paul M. Edwards for "When Will the Little Woman Come Out of the House?"

Short Story

  • Michael Fillerup for "Hozohoogoo Nanina Doo"

Poetry

  • Dennis Marden Clark for "Sunwatch"

Personal Essay

  • Susan Taber for "In Jeopardy Every Hour"

Religious literature

  • Dennis Rasmussen for The Lord’s Question

Novel

1987[edit]

Criticism

Novel

Personal Essay

  • Mary Lythgoe Bradford for "Leaving Home"

Poetry

  • Robert A. Christmas for "Self-Portrait as Brigham Young"

Short Fiction

1988[edit]

Novel

Short Story

  • John Bennion "A Court of Love." Sunstone 12.2 (March 1988): 30-38.

"A House of Order." Dialogue 21.3 (Autumn 1988): 129-48. "Dust." Ascent 14.1 (1988): 1-10.

Poetry

  • Dennis Marden Clark for Tinder: answer might be. With an almost Augustinian Dry Poems (Orem, Utah: United Order Books, 1988)

Special Recognition in Poetry

  • Clinton F. Larson for Selected Poems of Clinton F. Larson (Provo: Brigham Young University, 1988)

Personal Essay

  • Karin Anderson England "The Man at the Chapel" Dialogue 21.4 (Winter 1988): 133-41

Special Recognition in Biography

  • Levi S. Peterson Juanita Brooks: Mormon Woman Historian (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1988)

Special Recognition in Criticism

  • Wayne C. Booth The Company We Keep: An Ethics of Fiction (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988)[11]

Honorary Lifetime Membership

1989[edit]

Criticism

  • Michael Hicks for Mormonism and Music: A History
  • Dennis Clark for "Mormon Poetry Now!: The State of the Art"

Editing & Publishing

Novel

  • Judith Freeman for The Chinchilla Farm

Personal Essay

Poetry

  • Susan Elizabeth Howe for "Things in the Night Sky"

Short Fiction

  • Pauline Mortensen for "Back Before the World Turned Nasty"[13]

1990[edit]

Criticism

  • William A. Wilson for "In Praise of Ourselves: Stories to Tell"

Novel

  • Franklin Fisher for Bones

Personal Essay

  • Elouise Bell for "Only When I Laugh"

Poetry

  • Loretta Randall Sharp for "Doing It"

Short Fiction

  • Walter Kirn for "My Hard Bargain"[14]

1991[edit]

Biography

Editing & Publishing

Novel

Personal Essay

Poetry

  • Philip White for "Island Spring"

Short Fiction

  • Michael Fillerup for "Lost and Found"

Young Adult Literature

1992[edit]

Biography

  • Rudi Wobbe for Before the Blood Tribunal

Children's Literature

  • Barbara J. Porter for All Kinds of Answers

Honorary Lifetime Membership

Novel

Personal Essay

  • Marden J. Clark for Liberating Form: Mormon Essays on Religion and Literature

Poetry

  • Kathy Evans for "Wednesday Morning"; "Midweek"; "Eight Windows"; "Vows"; "Love to the Second Power"

Short Fiction

1993[edit]

Biography

  • Phyllis Barber for How I Got Cultured: A Nevada Memoir

Children's Literature

  • Michael O. Tunnell for Chinook!

Drama

Editing & Publishing

  • M. Shayne Bell for Washed by a Wave of Wind: Science Fiction from the Corridor

Novel

  • Gerald N. Lund for Thy Gold to Refine
  • Leslie Beaton Hedley for Twelve Sisters

Personal Essay

Poetry

Sermon

Service to Mormon Letters

  • Neila Seshachari

Short Fiction

  • Darrell Spencer for "Our Secret's Out"

Young Adult Literature

1994[edit]

Biography

Criticism

Drama

Novel

Personal Essay

Poetry

  • Pamela Porter Hamblin for "Magi"

Short Fiction

  • Wayne Jorgensen for "Who Tarzan, Who Jane"

Young Adult Literature

Honorary Lifetime Membership

1995[edit]

Biography

Criticism

  • Michael Austin for "How to Be a Mormo-American; Or, The Function of Mormon Criticism at the Present Time"

Drama

  • Tim Slover for A March Tale

Novel

  • Mack Hedges for Last Buckaroo

Personal Essay

Poetry

  • Marden J. Clark for "Snows"

Short Fiction

  • Tory C. Anderson for "Epiphany"

Young Adult Literature

1996[edit]

Biography

Children's Literature

  • Rick Walton for You Don't Always Get What You Hope For

Criticism

  • Bruce W. Jorgensen for "Heritage of Hostility: The Mormon Attack on Fiction in the 19th Century";"Roughly One of the R's: Some Notes of a BYU Fiction Teacher (with a Pedantry of Endnotes)"

Drama

  • Tim Slover for Joyful Noise

Novel

  • Judith Freeman for A Desert of Pure Feeling

Personal Essay

  • Kenneth O. Kemp for "3/4-inch Marine Ply"

Poetry

Short Fiction

  • Paul Rawlins for No Lie Like Love: Stories

Young Adult Literature

  • Pat Bezzant for Angie[21]

1997[edit]

Criticism

Devotional Literature

Drama

Personal Essay

  • Holly Welker for "What You Walk Away From"

Poetry

  • Susan Elizabeth Howe for Stone Spirits

Short Fiction

1998[edit]

Devotional Literature

Marilyn Brown Novel Award

Novel

Personal Essay

  • Tom Plummer for Eating Chocolates and Dancing in the Kitchen: Sketches of Marriage and Family

Poetry

Short Fiction

  • Helen Walker Jones for "The Six-Buck Fortune"

Young Adult Literature

1999[edit]

Devotional Literature

Drama

Novel

Personal Essay

  • Martha Beck for Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic

Short Fiction

2000[edit]

Criticism

  • Benson Parkinson

Devotional Literature

Drama

Film

Honorary Lifetime Membership

Marilyn Brown Novel Award

  • Alan Mitchell for Angel of the Danube

Novel

Personal Essay

  • Gordon B. Hinckley for Standing for Something: 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes

Short Fiction

  • Darrell Spencer for "Caution: Men in Trees"[25]

2001[edit]

Children's Literature

Criticism

  • Dian Saderup Monson for "Believing in the Word"

Drama

  • J. Scott Bronson for Stones

Honorary Lifetime Membership

  • Thomas F. Rogers

Marilyn Brown Novel Award

  • A. Jeff Call for Mormonville

Middle Grade Literature

Novel

Review

  • Jeffrey Needle

Young Adult Literature

2002[edit]

Drama

  • Reed McColm for Hole in the Sky

Drama Honorable Mention

Film

Film Honorable Mention

Film Adaptation

  • Janine Whetton Gilbert for Charly

Honorary Lifetime Membership

In Memoriam

  • Neila C. Seshachari

Novel

Picture Book

Poetry

Short Fiction

  • Susan Palmer for "Breakthrough"

Short Fiction Honorable Mention

Young Adult Literature

  • Ann Edwards Cannon for Charlotte's Rose

Young Adult Literature Honorable Mention

2003[edit]

Drama

  • LeeAnne Hill Adams for Archipelago

Editing

Film Adaptation

Historical Fiction

Marilyn Brown Novel Award

  • Janean Justham for House Dreams

Novel

Publishing

Short Fiction

Short Fiction Honorable Mention

  • William Shunn for "The Day Pietro Coppino Spoke to the Mountain"
  • Robert Van Wagoner for "A Good Sign"

Young Adult Literature

  • Kimberley Heuston for Dante's Daughter

Young Adult Literature Honorable Mention

2004[edit]

Criticism

  • Meridian Magazine

Film

Middle Grade Literature

  • Patricia Wiles for My Mom's a Mortician

Middle Grade Literature Honorable Mention

  • Randall Wright for Hunchback

Novel

  • P. G. Karamesines for The Pictograph Murders

Novel Honorable Mention

  • Amber Esplin for Leaving Eden

Poetry

  • John Talbot for The Well-Tempered Tantrum

Special Award Honorable Mention

Young Adult Literature

Young Adult Literature Honorable Mention

  • Mette Ivie Harrison for Mira, Mirror
  • Janette Rallison for Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Free Throws[29]

2005[edit]

Biography

Criticism

Film

Marilyn Brown Novel Award

Marilyn Brown Novel Award Honorable Mention

  • Donald Marshall for Seeker

Novel

Novel Honorable Mention

Poetry

Smith-Pettit Foundation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Mormon Letters

Special Award

Young Adult Literature

Young Adult Literature Honorable Mention

  • Dean Hughes for Search and Destroy
  • David Farland for Of Mice and Magic, Ravenspell Book One[30]

2006[edit]

Criticism

  • Patricia Karamesines for "The Rhetoric of Stealing God"

Drama

  • Tim Slover for Treasure

Film

Film Honorable Mention

  • Melissa Puente for Sisterz in Zion
  • Tom Russell for Angie

Novel

  • Toni Sorensen Brown for Redemption Road

Novel Honorable Mention

Personal Essay

  • John Bennion for 'Like the Lilies of the Field'

Personal Essay Honorable Mention

  • Wilfried Decoo for "The Unspeakable"
  • Patricia Karamesines for "The Birds of Summer"

Service to AML

  • Angela Hallstrom

Short Fiction

  • Kristen Carson for Atta Boy'

Short Fiction Honorable Mention

  • Virginia Baker for "And Cry the Name of David"
  • Heather Marx for "Brother Singh"
  • Aaron Orullian for "Judgement Day"

Smith-Pettit Foundation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Mormon Letters

Special Award

  • James V. D'Arc, Blaine L. Gale, E. Hunter Hale, and Richard I. Hale for Trapped By the Mormons

Young Adult Literature

Young Adult Literature Honorable Mention

2007[edit]

Biography

Criticism

Drama

Film

Marilyn Brown Novel Award

Marilyn Brown Novel Award Honorable Mention

Novel

Novel Honorable Mention

Short Fiction

Short Fiction Honorable Mention

Smith-Pettit Foundation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Mormon Letters

Special Award

Special Award Honorable Mention

Young Adult Literature

Young Adult Literature Honorable Mention

2008[edit]

Poetry

  • Neil Aitken for The Lost Country of Sight
  • Warren Hatch for Mapping the Bones of the World

Short Fiction

  • Stephen Tuttle for "Amanuensis"

Novel

  • Angela Hallstrom for Bound on Earth

Youth Fiction

Drama

  • James Goldberg for Prodigal Son

Personal Essay

  • Patrick Madden for "A Sudden Pull Behind the Heart"
  • Stephen Carter for "Calling"

Film

Special Award in Criticism

Special Award in Textual Criticism and Bibliography

Special Award in History

Smith-Petit Foundation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Mormon Letters

Lifetime AML Membership

2009[edit]

Drama

Film

Honorary Lifetime Membership

  • James D'Arc

Humor

  • Elna Baker for The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance

Memoir

  • Kathryn Lynard Soper for The Year My Son and I Were Born

Novel

Novel Honorable Mention

  • Jamie Ford for Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Online Writing

Poetry

Publishing

  • Christopher Bigelow for Zarahemla Books

Service to AML

  • Kathleen Dalton-Woodbury

Short Fiction

  • Larry Menlove for "Path of Antelope, Pelican, and Moon"

Smith-Pettit Foundation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Mormon Letters

Young Adult Literature

2010[edit]

Biography

  • Marilyn Arnold for Bittersweet: A Daughter's Memoir

Criticism

  • Grant Hardy for Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader's Guide

Drama / WebFilm

Editing

Memoir

  • George Handley for Home Waters: A Year of Recompenses on the Provo River

Novel

Online Writing

Personal Essay

Poetry

Service to AML

  • Darlene Young

Short Fiction

  • Jack Harrell for A Sense of Order and Other Stories

Short Fiction Honorable Mention

  • Darin Cozzens for Light of the New Day

Smith-Pettit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Mormon Letters

Young Adult Literature

2011[edit]

Biography

Autobiography

  • Emma Lou Warner Thayne for The Place of Knowing: a Spiritual Autobiography

Criticism

  • Brant A. Gardner for The Gift and Power : Translating the Book of Mormon

Film

  • Tyler Measom and Jennilyn Merten for Sons of Perdition

Special Award in Graphical Narrative

Novel

Personal Essay

  • Adam Miller

Poetry

Short Story

  • David G. Pace for "American Trinity"

Short Fiction

  • Doug Thayer for Wasatch : Short Stories and a Novella

Smith-Pettit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Mormon Letters

Special Award in Literary Journalism

  • Andrew Hall

Young Adult Novel

Marilyn Brown Novel Award

  • Paul Colt for Boots and Saddles: A Call to Glory

Honorary Lifetime Membership

2012[edit]

Smith Pettit Award

Novel

  • The Five Books of Jesus by James Goldberg

Devotional

  • Terryl and Fiona Givens, The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life

Poetry

  • Amytis Leaves Her Garden by Karen Kelsay

Award in Adaptation

  • Michael Hicks for The Street-Legal Version of Mormon’s Book

Film

Drama

  • Roof Overhead by Mahonri Stewart

Short Fiction

Young Adult Novel

  • Vodnik by Bryce Moore

Memoir/Creative Non Fiction

Middle Grade Fiction Award

  • False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Humor

  • "Pat and Pete" by Larry Day (from his collection Day Dreaming: Tales from the Fourth Dementia)

Lifetime AML membership

  • Mahonri Stewart
  • Christopher Bigelow[37]

2013[edit]

Given out April 12, 2014.

Creative non-fiction

  • Melissa Dalton-Bradford for Global Mom: Eight Countries, Sixteen Addresses, Five Languages, One Family

Film

Special Award

Novel

  • Sarah Eden Longing for Home

Smith-Petit Award for service to Mormon Letters

Outstanding Achievement Award

Young Adult Fiction

  • Cindy M. Hogan Gravediggers

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References[edit]

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