We were really excited about the possibility of heading up this project, but who would contribute? Would people read it? How do we get writers and artists involved?
James posted about this on the Association for Mormon Letters blog, and Scott Hales came on board. They devised the Mormon Lit Blitz, a contest to feature works of 1,000 words or fewer that would appeal to an LDS audience.
|Pass-along card by Scott Hales|
The response was awesome.
We received about 230 submissions.
Scott, James, and I read through them and picked the top 32.
Then our everyday readers picked up packets of eight works and ranked them.
We ended up with thirteen finalists.
They've all been featured on the Mormon Artist blog, and now it's time to vote.
We've had thousands of visitors the last two weeks, but we need you to speak out. Not just to see who wins the contest and the Kindle, but come show your support for a compelling field of literature that needs to know there are people out there ready to read.
Then, you should keep reading when James and I get that magazine going.