AML Awards

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The AML Awards are given annually by the Association for Mormon Letters (AML) to the best work "by, for, and about Mormons." They are juried awards, chosen by a panel of judges. Citations for many of the awards can be found on the AML website[1]

The award categories vary from year to year depending on what the AML decides is worthy of honor. Beginning with the 2014 awards, the AML began creating a shortlist for most categories, which preceded the final awards.

1975-1977[edit]

Presented at the Third Annual Symposium, held at the Marriott Library, University of Utah, on October 7, 1978. Awards given for works published in 1975-1977

Critical Writing
  • Clifton Holt Jolley for "The Martyrdom of Joseph Smith: An Archetypal Study"
Poetry
Short Fiction
  • Douglas H. Thayer for "Indian Hills" and "Zarahemla," both from the collection Under Cottonwoods and Other Stories
  • Donald Marshall for "The Wheelbarrow" and "The Reunion", both from the collection Frost in the Orchard[2]

1978[edit]

Presented at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, October 13, 1979

Criticism
  • Steven P. Sondrup for "Literary Dimensions of Mormon Autobiography"
Poetry
Poetry Honorable Mention
Short Fiction
Short Fiction Honorable Mention
  • Karen Rosenbaum for "Hit the Frolicking, Rippling Brooks"[2]

1979[edit]

Presented at Weber State College, Ogden, Utah, September 27, 1980

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[2]

1980[edit]

Presented at the University of Utah, January 23, 1982

Biography
Criticism
  • Linda Sillitoe for "New Voices, New Songs: Contemporary Poems by Mormon Women" (Dialogue, Winter 1980)
Novel
Poetry

1981[edit]

Presented at the University of Utah, January 22, 1983

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"[3]

1982-1983[edit]

Announced at the AML Symposium on 21 January 1984, at the University of Utah. Considered works from both 1982 and 1983.

Criticism
  • Eugene England for "The Dawning of a Brighter Day: Mormon Literature after 150 Years"[4]
Drama
  • Thomas F. Rogers for God's Fools: Plays of the Mitigated Conscience
Editorial Award
Special Achievement Award for Sustained Excellence
Mormon Humor, First Prize
  • Calvin Grondahl for Freeway to Perfection, Faith Promoting Rumors, and Sunday's Foyer
Mormon Humor, Second Prize
  • Clifton Holt Jolley for "Selling the Chevrolet: A Moral Exercise"
Novel
Poetry
Poetry, Young Poet's Prize
  • Holly Ann Welker for "Feet";"Patience";"On My Father's 50th Birthday";"The Birthday Present".
Sermon Special Commendation for Sustained Excellence in the Mormon Sermon
Short Fiction
Special Award for Popular Mormon Fiction
Special Award for Short Story Anthology

1984[edit]

Presented at Brigham Young University, January 19, 1985

Editing & Publishing
  • Scott Kenney
Novel
Personal Essay
  • Eugene England for A Dialogue with Myself: Personal Essays on Mormon Experience
Special Award

1985[edit]

Presented at Weber State College, January 25, 1986

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"[3]

1986[edit]

Children's literature
  • Steve Wunderlie (author) and Brent Watts (illustrator), Marty's World
Poetry
  • Dennis Marden Clark for "Sunwatch"
Religious Literature
  • Dennis Rasmussen for The Lord’s Question
Novel
Short Fiction
  • Michael Fillerup for "Hozohoogoo Nanina Doo"
Personal and family history book
  • Myrtle McDonald for No Regrets: The Life of Carl A. Carlquist
Personal and family history essay
  • Paul M. Edwards for "When Will the Little Woman Come Out of the House?"
Personal Essay
  • Susan Taber for "In Jeopardy Every Hour"[3][5]

1987[edit]

Presented at the home of Steven Sondrup, Salt Lake City, April 1, 1988

Criticism
Novel
Personal Essay
  • Mary Lythgoe Bradford for Leaving Home
Poetry
  • Robert A. Christmas for "Self-Portrait as Brigham Young"
Short Fiction

1988[edit]

Presented January 28, 1989, at the Weber State College Library.

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)[7]
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" (a series of four essays published in Sunstone, 1985-1989)
Editing & Publishing
Novel
  • Judith Freeman for The Chinchilla Farm
Personal Essay
Poetry
Short Fiction
  • Pauline Mortensen for "Back Before the World Turned Nasty"[3]

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

1991[edit]

Biography
Editing & Publishing
  • Signature Books and Ron Schow, Wayne Schow, Marybeth Raynes, editor, for Peculiar People: Mormons and Same-Sex Orientation
Novel
Personal Essay
Poetry
  • Philip White for "Island Spring" and "The Perseids" (Dialogue, Spring & Winter 1991)
Short Fiction
  • Michael Fillerup for "Lost and Found" (from Christmas for the World)
Young Adult Literature
Honorary Lifetime Memberships

1992[edit]

Biography
Children's Literature
Novel
Personal Essay
  • Marden J. Clark for Liberating Form: Mormon Essays on Religion and Literature
Poetry
Short Fiction
Honorary Lifetime Membership[10]

1993[edit]

Autobiography
  • Phyllis Barber for How I Got Cultured: A Nevada Memoir
Children's Literature
  • Michael O. Tunnell for Chinook! The Joke's on George and Beauty and the Beastly Children
Drama
Editing
  • M. Shayne Bell for Washed by a Wave of Wind: Science Fiction from the Corridor
Novel
  • Gerald N. Lund for Thy Gold to Refine: The Work and the Glory, Vol. 4
  • Leslie Beaton Hedley for Twelve Sisters
Personal Essay
  • Eugene England for "Monte Cristo" in Wasatch Review International, 2:1, June 1993.
Poetry
Sermon
Service to Mormon Letters
  • Neila Seshachari and Weber State University, for Weber Studies, Vol. 10.3, Tenth Anniversary Issue[11]
Short Story
  • Darrell Spencer for Our Secret's Out
Young Adult Literature

1994[edit]

Biography
Criticism
  • Gideon O. Burton for "Towards a Mormon Criticism: Should We Ask 'Is This Mormon Literature?'"
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
Essay
Novel
  • Mack Hedges for Last Buckaroo
Poetry
  • Marden J. Clark for "Snows"
Short Fiction
  • Tory C. Anderson for "Epiphany"
Young Adult Literature

1996[edit]

Biography
Children's Literature
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
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[8]

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
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"[13]

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" In Sunstone, issue 122, pages 42-45, April 2002.
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
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[15]

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

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 Finalists
Novel Honorable Mention
Short Fiction
Short Fiction Honorable Mention
Short Fiction Finalists
  • "Drought," Larry T. Menlove, Dialogue 40:3 (Fall 2007)
  • "The Buzzard Tree," Johnny Townsend, Dialogue 40:4 (Winter 2007)
Young Adult Literature
Young Adult Literature Honorable Mention
Young Adult Literature Finalists
  • Notes on a Near-Life Experience Olivia Birdsall
  • Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George
  • Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
  • Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star by Brandon Mull
  • Finding Daddy by Louise Plummer
Smith-Pettit Foundation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Mormon Letters
Special Award
Special Award 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-Pettit Foundation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Mormon Letters
Lifetime AML Membership

2009[edit]

Drama
Film
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
Todd Robert Petersen for Rift
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"
Young Adult Literature
Smith-Pettit Foundation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Mormon Letters
Honorary Lifetime Membership
  • James D'Arc

2010[edit]

Biography
Criticism
  • Grant Hardy for Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader's Guide
Drama / WebFilm
Editing
Memoir
Novel
Online Writing
  • Ardis Parshall for "Beards" on Keepapitchinin
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, for the body of his work published in 2011
Poetry
Short Story
  • David G. Pace for "American Trinity"
Short Fiction
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[21][22]

2013[edit]

Given out April 12, 2014.

Creative non-fiction
  • Melissa Dalton-Bradford for Global Mom: Eight Countries, Sixteen Addresses, Five Languages, One Family
Drama
  • Ariel Mitchell for A Second Birth
Film
Special Award
Novel
  • Sarah Eden Longing for Home
Poetry
  • Alex Caldiero sonosuono (awarded on March 28, 2015)
Other finalists
  • Susan Elizabeth Howe Salt
  • Lance Larsen Genius Loci
Short Fiction
  • Brad R. Torgersen “The Chaplain’s Legacy”. Analog Science Fiction and Fact, July/August 2013 (awarded on March 28, 2015)
Other finalists
  • “The Righteous Road” by Ryan Shoemaker, Silk Road Review, Summer/Fall 2013
  • “Expiation” by Richard Dutcher, Sunstone 171, July 2013
  • “Duplex” by Eric Freeze, Prairie Fire 34.1, Spring 2013
  • “The Gift of Tongues” by Annette Haws, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Winter 2013
Smith-Pettit Award for service to Mormon Letters
Outstanding Achievement Award
Young Adult Fiction
  • Cindy M. Hogan Gravediggers
Young Adult Speculative Fiction

2014[edit]

Presented March 28, 2015, at the Utah Valley University Library.[24]

Comics
  • iPlates, Volume 2: Prophets, Priests, Rebels, and Kings by Stephen Carter and Jett Atwood
Creative non-fiction
  • Hemingway on a Bike by Eric Freeze
Other finalists
  • To the Mountain: One Mormon Woman’s Search for Spirit by Phyllis Barber
  • Way Below the Angels: The Pretty Clearly Troubled But Not Even Close to Tragic Confessions of a Real Live Mormon Missionary by Craig Harline
  • Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story by Ingrid Ricks
Criticism
  • Ender’s World: Fresh Perspectives on the SF Classic Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card, editor
Other finalists
  • “Of Many Hearts and Many Minds: The Mormon Novel and the Post-Utopian Challenge of Assimilation” by Scott Hales. Dissertation, University of Cincinnati
  • “Toward a Mormon Literary Theory” by Jack Harrell. BYU Studies Quarterly 53.3, 2014
Drama
  • Pride and Prejudice by Melissa Leilani Larsen
Other finalists
  • The Weaver of Raveloe by Erika Glenn and Melissa Leilani Larsen
  • Single Wide by George Nelson and Jordan Kamalu
  • Evening Eucalyptus by Mahonri Stewart
Film
Other finalists
Honorary Lifetime Membership
Middle Grade Novel
  • The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
  • Honorable Mention: The End or Something Like That by Ann Dee Ellis
Other finalists
  • Almost Super by Marion Jensen
  • Time of the Fireflies by Kimberley Griffiths Little
  • Sky Raiders by Brandon Mull
Novel
  • City of Brick and Shadow by Tim Wirkus
Other finalists
  • A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray
  • The Bishop’s Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison
  • The Thieves of Summer by Linda Sillitoe
Picture Book
  • Girls Who Choose God: Stories of Courageous Women from the Bible by McArthur Krishna and Bethany Brady Spalding, illustrated by Kathleen Peterson
  • Honorable Mention: The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Other finalists
  • Fetch by Adam Glendon Sidwell, illustrated by Edwin Rhemrev
  • The World According to Musk Ox by Erin Cabatingan, illustrated by Matthew Myers
  • The Tooth Fairy Wars by Kate Coombs, illustrated by Jake Parker
Poetry
  • Picture Dictionary by Kristen Eliason
Other finalists
  • Uncommon Prayer and Made Flesh: Sacrament and Poetics in Post-Reformation England by Kimberly Johnson
  • In the Museum of Coming and Going by Laura Stott
Religious Non-Fiction
  • Re-Reading Job: Understanding the Ancient World’s Greatest Poem by Michael Austin
Other finalists
  • Seeking the Promised Land by David E. Campbell, John C. Green, and J. Quin Monson. Cambridge University Press
  • Wresting the Angel by Terryl Givens
Short Fiction
  • “Two-Dog Dose” by Steven L. Peck, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Spring 2014
Other finalists
  • “Recollection” by Nancy Fulda, Carbide Tipped Pens
  • “Anatomy” by Tim Wirkus, Weird Fiction Review, June 2014
  • “Jesus Enough” by Levi S. Peterson, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Winter 2014
Smith–Pettit Foundation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Mormon Letters
Young Adult General Novel
Other finalists
  • Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little
  • On the Fence by Kasie West
  • Signed, Skye Harper by Carol Lynch Williams
  • Stronger than You Know by Jolene Perry
Young Adult Speculative Novel
Other finalists
  • The Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg
  • The Unhappening of Genesis Lee by Shallee McArthur
  • Son of War, Daughter of Chaos by Janette Rallison
  • Ruins by Dan Wells
  • Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

2015[edit]

Presented March 5, 2016, at the Heber J. Grant building on Brigham Young University-Hawaii campus.[25]

The Smith-Pettit Foundation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Mormon Letters
The Association for Mormon Letters Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Donald R. Marshall[26]
Special Awards for Scholarly Publishing
Comics[27]
  • Dendō: One Year and One Half in Japan by Brittany Long Olsen
Other finalists
  • Stripling Warrior by Brian Andersen and James Neish
  • My Hot Date by Noah van Sciver
Creative Non-Fiction[28]
  • My Wife Wants You to Know I’m Happily Married by Joey Franklin
Other finalists
  • The Accidental Terrorist by William Shunn
  • Fresh Courage Take: New Directions by Mormon Women edited by Jamie Zvirzdin
Criticism[27]
  • Jana Riess "Mormon Popular Culture" from the first of the two nominated collections below
Other finalists
  • Nephi Anderson's Dorian: A Peculiar Edition With Annotated Text & Scholarship edited by Eric W. Jepson
Drama[27]
  • Pilot Program by Melissa Leilani Larson
Other finalists
Film[29]
Other finalists
Lyrics[30]
Other finalists
Middle Grade Novel[31]
  • Mothman’s Curse by Christine Hayes
Other finalists
  • A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  • Mysteries of Cove: Fires of Invention by J. Scott Savage
  • The Sound of Life and Everything by Krista Van Dolzer
  • Survival Strategies of the Almost Brave by Jen White
Novel[32]
  • Sistering by Jennifer Quist
Other finalists
Picture Book[30]
  • Zombelina Dances the Nutcracker by Kristyn Crow
Other finalists
  • Talon Wrestles an Anaconda by Auntie M (McArthur Krishna)
  • Girls Who Choose God: Stories of strong women from the Book of Mormon by McArthur Krishna, Bethany Brady Spalding, and Kathleen Peterson
  • Job Wanted by Teresa Bateman
Poetry[30]
  • Hive by Christina Stoddard
Other finalists
  • Glyphs by Colin Douglas
  • Lake of Fire: Landscape Meditations from the Great Basin Deserts of Nevada by Justin Evans
  • Let Me Drown With Moses by James Goldberg
Religious Non-Fiction[28]
  • Traditions of the Fathers: The Book of Mormon as History by Brant A. Gardner
Other finalists
  • The Oxford Handbook of Mormonism edited by Terryl L. Givens and Philip L. Barlow
  • Postponing Heaven: The Three Nephites, the Bodhisattva, and the Mahdi by Jad Hatem, translated by Jonathon Penny
  • Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt by Patrick Q. Mason
  • Relational Grace: The Reciprocal and Binding Covenant of Charis by Brent J. Schmidt
Short Story[32]
  • "Remainder" by Spencer Hyde
Other finalists
  • "The Naked Woman" by Theric Jepson
  • "Absolute Zero" by Scott Parkin
  • "An Immense Darkness" by Eric James Stone
Short-Story Collection[32]
  • Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Wives by Karen Rosenbaum
Other finalists
  • Dark Watch and Other Mormon-American Stories by William Morris
  • Wandering Realities: Mormonish Short Fiction by Steve L. Peck
Young Adult Nove'[31]
  • The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace
Other finalists
  • Shutter by Courtney Alameda
  • Ink and Ashes by Valynne Maetani
  • Firefight by Brandon Sanderson
  • Fish Out of Water by Natalie Whipple

2016[edit]

Presented at Utah Valley University, April 22, 2017.[33]

The Smith-Pettit Foundation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Mormon Letters
The Association for Mormon Letters Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Susan Elizabeth Howe[35]
Comics
  • Precious Rascals by Anthony Holden
Other finalists
  • Mormon Shorts, Vol. 1 by Scott Hales
  • White Sand by Brandon Sanderson (story), Rik Hoskin (script), Julius Gopez (art), and Ross Campbell (colors)
Creative Non-fiction
  • Sublime Physick by Patrick Madden
Honorable Mention
  • Baring Witness: 36 Mormon Women Talk Candidly about Love, Sex and Marriage edited by Holly Welker
Other finalists
  • Immortal for Quite Some Time by Scott Abbott
  • The Latter Days: A Memoir by Judith Freeman
  • One Hundred Birds Taught me to Fly by Ashley Mae Hoiland
Criticism
  • Writing Ourselves: Essays on Creativity, Craft, and Mormonism by Jack Harrell
Drama
Other finalists
  • Gregorian by Matthew Greene
  • Kingdom of Heaven by Jenifer Nii
  • The King’s Men by Javen Tanner
Film
Other finalists
  • Masterminds by Jared Hess
  • The Next Door by Barrett Burgin
  • Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made by Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen
  • Saturday’s Warrior by Michael Buster
Middle Grade Novel
Other finalists
  • The Kidnap Plot: The Incredible Adventures of Clockwork Charlie by Dave Butler
  • Cinnamon Moon by Tess Hilmo
  • Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff
Novel
Other finalists
  • Slave Queen by Heather. B. Moore
  • Pigs When they Straddle the Air by Julie J. Nichols
  • Daredevils by Shawn Vestal
Picture Book
  • Our Heavenly Family, Our Earthly Families by McArthur Krishna and Bethany Brady Spalding. Illustrated by Caitlin Connolly
Other finalists
  • What Would It Be Like by McArthur Krishna, Illustrated by Ayeshe Sadr & Ishaan Dasgupta
  • She Stood for Freedom: The Untold Story of a Civil Rights Hero by Loki Mulholland and Angela Fairwell. Illustrated by Charlotte Janssen
  • Defenders of the Family by Benjamin Hyrum White. Illustrated by Jay Fontana
Poetry
  • Strange Terrain by Matthew James Babcock
Other finalists
  • Leviathan by Neil Aitken
  • flicker by Lisa Bickmore
  • Who is the Dancer, What is the Dance by Alex Caldiero
  • Kill February by Jeffrey Tucker
Religious Non-fiction
  • As Iron Sharpens Iron: Listening to the Various Voices of Scripture edited by Julie M. Smith
Other finalists
  • Nothing New Under the Sun: A Blunt Paraphrase of Ecclesiastes by Adam S. Miller
  • The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy by Carol Lynn Pearson
  • The Vision of All: Twenty-five Lectures on Isaiah in Nephi’s Record by Joseph M. Spencer
Special Award for Religious Non-fiction Publishing
  • Let Your Hearts and Minds Expand: Reflections on Faith, Reason, Charity, and Beauty by Thomas F. Rogers, edited by Jonathan Langford and Linda Hunter Adams
Short Fiction
  • "Kid Kirby" by Levi S. Peterson (Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, 49:2, Summer 2016)
Other finalists
  • "And Thorns Will Grow There" by Emily Belanger, Sunstone #180, Spring 2016
  • "Light as Wings" by Spencer Hyde, Glimmer Train. Fall 2016, #97
  • "The Mandelbrot Set" by Heidi Naylor, Sunstone Magazine, #182, Fall 2016
  • "Incomplete Slaughter" by Steven L. Peck, The Colored Lens, Summer 2016
  • "Purytans" by Brad R. Torgersen, Analog: Science Fact and Fiction, July/Aug 2016
Short Fiction Collection
  • The Last Blessing of J. Guyman LeGrand and Other Stories by Darin Cozens
Other finalists
  • Invisible Men by Eric Freeze
  • Windows into Hell by various authors, edited by James Wymore
Video Series
Other finalists
  • Adam & Eve Davey & Bianca Morrison Dillard, directors
  • Studio C Jared Shores and Matt Meese, co-creators
  • The Talking Fly Steve Olpin, director
Young Adult Novel
Other finalists
  • The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry
  • And I Darken by Kiersten White

2017[edit]

The final winners were presented March, 23 2018.

Smith-Pettit Foundation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Mormon Letters[36]
AML Lifetime Achievement Award[36]
Novel[37]
  • The Field is White by Claire Åkebrand
  • Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan
  • Prayers in Bath by Luisa Perkins
  • Nothing Left to Lose by Dan Wells
Short fiction[37]
  • "The Pew" by Alison Maeser Brimley (originally published in Dialogue)
  • "Le Train à Grande Vitesse" R.A. Christmas (originally published in Dialogue)
  • "The Thicket" by Bradeigh Godfrey (originally published in Sunstone)
  • "Jane’s Journey" by Heidi Naylor (originally published in Sunstone)
  • "Bishop Johansen Rescues a Lost Soul: A Tale of Pleasant Grove" by Steven L. Peck (originally published in Dialogue)
Creative nonfiction[38]
  • That We May Be One: A Gay Mormon’s Perspective on Faith and Family by Tom Christofferson
  • Learning to Like Life: A Tribute to Lowell Bennion by George B. Handley
  • The Burning Point by Tracy McKay
  • Open Midnight: Where Ancestors and Wilderness Meet by Brooke Williams
Notable mentions
  • Heterodoxologies: Essays by Matthew James Babcock
  • The OCD Mormon: Finding healing and hope in the midst of anxiety by Kari Ferguson
  • Do Clouds Rest? Dementiadventures with Mom by Michael Hicks
Religious nonfiction[38]
  • Feeding the Flock: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Church and Praxis by Terryl L. Givens
  • The Sun Has Burned My Skin by Adam S. Miller
  • Perspectives on Mormon Theology: Apologetics edited by Blair G. Van Dyke and Loyd Isao Ericson
Middle-grade novel[39]
  • You May Already Be A Winner by Ann Dee Ellis
  • Under Locker and Key by Allison K. Hymas
  • Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown
  • Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry
  • Paper Chains by Elaine Vickers
Young-adult novel
  • Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKell George
  • The Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie A. Nelson
  • Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster
  • Now I Rise by Kiersten White
Comics[40]
Picture book[40]
  • Colour Blocked by Ashley Sorenson and David W. Miles
  • Heroic Stories from The Book of Mormon by Shauna Gibby and Casey Nelson
  • Quiet as a Church Mouse by Stephen Bevan and Jeff Harvey
Drama[41]
  • The Drown’ed Book, or the History of William Shakespeare, Part Last by Mahonri Stewart
  • Not One Drop by Morag Shepherd
Film[41]
  • Socorro written and directed by Marshal Davis
  • The Man in the Camo Jacket written and directed by Russ Kendall
  • Out of the Ground written and directed by Barret Burgin
  • A Pug & Wolf Christmas created by Davey and Bianca Morrison Dillard
  • We Love You, Sally Carmichael! written by Daryn Tufts and directed by Christopher Gorham
Criticism[42]
  • “The Second Coming of Mormon Music,” by Michael Hicks from The Kimball Challenge at Fifty: Mormon Arts Center Essays (part of original nominee The Kimball Challenge at Fifty: Mormon Arts Center Essays from Mormon Arts Center)
  • On the Problem and Promise of Alex Caldiero’s Sonosophy: Doing Dialogical Coperformative Ethnography; Or, Enter the Poetarium by Tyler Chadwick
Anthology[42]
  • Seasons of Change: Stories of Transition from the Writers of Segullah edited by Shelah Mastny Miner and Sandra Clark Jergensen
  • States of Deseret edited by Wm Morris
Poetry[42]
  • Mother's Milk by Rachel Hunt Steenblik
  • Babbage’s Dream by Neil Aitken
  • What Was Left of the Stars by Claire Åkebrand
  • Ephemerist by Lisa Bickmore
  • Owning the Moon by Linda Sillitoe
Special Award in Religious Non-Fiction Publishing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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