BYU Studies invites aspiring essayists and poets to enter its annual personal essay and poetry contests. Contests are open to BYU graduate students, BYU graduates, and BYU Studies subscribers. Contest winners may be invited to present their essays or poetry at a two-day BYU Studies symposium in March 2010 that will bring to a close our 50th anniversary celebration.

Cash prizes will be awarded for winning entries, which may also be published in the BYU Studies journal. The deadline for both contests is December 31, 2009. Personal essays must not exceed 3,000 words. Poems should generally not exceed 35 lines. Each entrant may submit up to three essays and three poems. Contest details and submission instructions are available at