Overall Winner

Michael Darling for his Short Story The Mark

Flash Fiction
(100-1,500 words)


1st Place: Em Dupre

2nd place: Laura Henriksen

 3rd place: Daphne Higbee

 Honorable Mentions:

James Ireland

Daniel Tew

Tamara Bordon



Short Story
(1,500-7,500 words)


1st place: Michael Darling

2nd place: Hayley Hess-Beaumont

3rd place: Michelle Stoddard

Honorable Mentions:

Laura Henriksen

Jerry Timothy

Barry Dickerson

1st Place


2nd Place


3rd Place


Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to all those who participated in our contests.

The winner’s stories will appear in the UAAnthology next year.



A big thank you to the editors who judged our contest. 

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Daniel Craig Friend graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in editing and the linguistics of English. While there, he learned both the business and the craft of writing science fiction and fantasy from #1 New York Times best seller Brandon Sanderson and ran BYU’s speculative fiction magazine, Leading Edge.  He has edited stories by award-winning authors Dan Wells, David Farland, Robison Wells, and Mary Robinette Kowal. One of his clients recently won second place in the Writers of the Future Contest with a story he edited.


LindProfile Pic 1say Flanagan is a writer and an editor with Eschler Editing. She has a Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing. In addition to reading and writing, she loves photography, rock concerts, riding motorcycles (but not driving them), and chasing after her two young daughters. She blogs about being a mom and a fangirl on her blog, The Calligrapher’s Ink and can be found on Twitter .


Jennie SDSC_0141tevens is a wife, mother, editor, feminist, and connoisseur of all things nerdy. She lives life according to Chicago (the Manual of Style) and has a list of rotating obsessions, including, but not limited to, binge-watching science fiction shows, planning elaborate vacations, and throwing away all of her stuff. She writes about simplicity and life at and can be reached for freelance copyediting at  




Kelse1074796_10200332871150608_507585737_oy Down won her first creative writing contest at just nine years old with a story entitled, “A Lion in Lionville.” Since then she has expanded her repertoire to include academic, creative, and nonfiction writing and editing. She worked as a Brigham Young University Writing Fellow, a writing-focused teaching assistant, and the department editor for BYU Women’s Services and Resources. During summer 2014 she earned a grant to attend the prestigious Oxford University Creative Writing Summer School. Her original fiction and creative non-fiction pieces have placed in competitive contests, and her most recent short story, “Heartbeat,” was published in the national literary journal Storm Cellar.


Rebekah Montgomery Rebekah Montgomery has been editing freelance for five years. She also works with Cornerstones, a UK publisher,and is an editorial intern for acquisitions for Entangled Teen.