Winners: The 1978 New Era Writing, Photography, Music, and Art Contest


Congratulations! You’ve once again proved that young Latter-day Saints can write and draw and shoot and compose as well as any young people anywhere. We were especially impressed this year with the poetry and music. Through poetry we met a young man who talks to walls and a young lady who sees her own eyes smiling back at her from a portrait of her grandmother. We’ve also come to know Christ better, both as a skillful carpenter and a loving Savior, master of wood and nails. The music ran from moving hymns and joyous Christmas carols to the sprightly “Bugaloo Blues” duet for piano composed by 12-year-old twins. One young composer bridged the generations by writing music for her grandmother’s poem. The selections you will see on these pages represent only a small fraction of the winning entries, but they will give you an idea of their consistent excellence. We will be using other contest winners throughout the coming year.

Fiction Winners

1st Place

Richard B. Williams New York, New York

2nd Place

Dian Saderup Salt Lake City, Utah

3rd Place

Laurel Stowe Hinesburg, Vermont

Honorable Mention:

Paula Last Hurricane, Utah

Richard Slawson Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Laura Tommey Montclair, California

Article Winners

1st Place

Dian Saderup Salt Lake City, Utah

2nd Place

Michelle Gurney East Brunswick, New Jersey

3rd Place

Debra Spong Hadfield Pleasant Grove, Utah

Honorable Mention:

Kathryn Hoggan Bellevue, Washington

Becki Prengel Placerville, California

Adolf Singh Kowloon, Hong Kong

Kirk Wilkinson Whittier, California

Ann Woodbury Scotia, New York

Song Winners

1st Place

Rae Ann Rasmussen Ephraim, Utah

2nd Place

Toni Tietjen Bountiful, Utah

3rd Place

Brett Zumsteg Skokie, Illinois

Honorable Mention:

Brady Allred Memphis, Tennessee

Dan Carter Caldwell, Idaho

Kathaleen Colton Billings, Montana

Michele Sadler Magna, Utah

Darrin Thomas Las Vegas, Nevada

David Thomas Las Vegas, Nevada

Hymn Winners

1st Place

Dan Carter Caldwell, Idaho

2nd Place

Brady Allred Memphis, Tennessee

3rd Place

Stephen Jones Murray, Utah

Honorable Mention:

Kevin Pace Salt Lake City, Utah

Poetry Winners

1st Place

Laurel Stowe Hinesburg, Vermont

2nd Place

Dayle King Meridian, Idaho

3rd Place

Linda Hoffman Kimball Cambridge, Massachusetts

Honorable Mention:

Lee Grace Aquino San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines

Dan Carter Caldwell, Idaho

James Christiansen Pleasant Grove, Utah

Debra Spong Hadfield Pleasant Grove, Utah

Soon Heng Lim Taiping, Perak, West Malaysia

Melanie Mendenhall Richfield, Utah

Collette Ricks Ucon, Idaho

Bryce Rytting Salt Lake City, Utah

Elizabeth Sainsbury Sandy, Utah

Brad Wilcox Provo, Utah

Darrell J. Wyatt Pasco, Washington

Art Winners

1st Place

Michal Diane Luch Salt Lake City, Utah

2nd Place

Mickey Reasor Colbert, Washington

Honorable Mention:

Kaylene Barrett Ashgrove, Queensland, Australia

Nancy Lunt Omaha, Nebraska

Linda Hoffman Kimball Cambridge, Massachusetts

Julie Pilcher South Jordan, Utah

Photography Winners

1st Place

Kevin Merrill Boise, Idaho

2nd Place

F. Albert Sanchez, Jr. Quincy, California

Honorable Mention:

Greg Bohnstedt Roseville, California

Claudia M. Brackett Weymouth, Massachusetts

Lee Burbank Tallahassee, Florida

Roger Carroll Sacramento, California

Brian Chaffin Bountiful, Utah

Mark Clark Tracy, California

Kurt Draper Salt Lake City, Utah

Brien W. Field Tustin, California

David Foster North Little Rock, Arkansas

Martin E. Franke Rexburg, Idaho

Joseph Garrard Provo, Utah

Steven Grover Englewood, Colorado

Jill Higbee Salt Lake City, Utah

N. LeGrande Jack Farmington, New Mexico

Ingrid Jensen Payson, Utah

Brent E. Johnson Mesa, Arizona

Paul Mower Richfield, Utah

Darryl B. Nielsen Vaughn, Montana

Nathan Parker Turlock, California

Bryan Peterson Provo, Utah

Leslie W. Powrie Florida Park, South Africa

Kjirstin Rasmussen Biviers, France

Ray H. Shatzer Elsinore, California

Ronald L. Telford Seattle, Washington

John Wagner Salt Lake City, Utah

Thomas Walker Pittsburg, Kansas

Yvonne Wright Salt Lake City, Utah

Stanley Zohner Moab, Utah

[photo] Photo by Eldon Linschoten; neon sign by Impact Signs, Salt Lake City

[photos] Richard B. Williams; Dian Saderup; Michelle Gurney; Rae Ann Rasmussen; Toni Tietjen; Dan Carter; Brady Allred; Stephen Jones; Laurel Stowe; Dayle King; Linda Hoffman Kimball; Michal Diane Luch; Mickey Reasor; Kevin Merrill