The 1983 New Era Contest Winners: Reflections of Creativity


Almost a year ago we asked you to share your reflections with us in the 1983 New Era Writing, Art, Photography, and Music Contest. And the reflections came, thousands of them, dazzling in their depth, variety, and beauty.

There were poetic reflections of “cygnets flying over silver seas dappled by galaxies”; “tin cans of stale talk”; “the hole in the floor where your bed used to be”; and “smooth blue sheets of glass-blown sea.”

Fiction brought us a reflection of a girl’s painful reconciliation with her father. The article category reflected an elderly Japanese Saint teaching charity to two young missionaries. Through photography we saw a boy and his bicycle in a magic world, and art introduced us to the glory of onions.

In the hymn category the reflection was that of a young person’s love for the Savior, and a winning song admonished us to “Learn Wisdom in Thy Youth.” These are only a few of the myriad reflections of love and wisdom you shared with us.

We, in our turn, will share with all of you as many of these reflections as we can in this issue and, from time to time, through the year. Seeing the world mirrored in your talent, we have seen it new and clear and wonderful. Thank you for the reflections.

Article Winners

1st Place

Brent Schindler (23) Idaho Falls, Idaho

2nd Place

Kirsten Christensen (19) Tempe, Arizona

3rd Place

Carole T. Warburton (25) Tremonton, Utah

Honorable Mention

Lyn Bolton (23) Enon, Ohio

Ami Peterson (17) Sandy, Utah

Sabrina R. Robertson (19) Columbus, Georgia

Art Winners

1st Place

Karen E. Bennett (20) Sandy, Utah

2nd Place

Shane Worrell (15) Sugar City, Idaho

3rd Place

Patricia L. Slade (20) Orem, Utah

Honorable Mention

Kathryn Brown (19) Mesa, Arizona

Laura Fair (21) Toronto, Ontario, Canada

John R. Foster (25) Portland, Oregon

Jose Ortega (19) Miami, Florida

Fiction Winners

1st Place

Dayle King Searle (23) Pocatello, Idaho

2nd Place

Brad Wilcox (23) Provo, Utah

3rd Place

Carole T. Warburton (25) Tremonton, Utah

Honorable Mention

Kristen Binns (18) Seattle, Washington

Susan Ferguson (22) Fremont, California

Carol Ham (18) Athens, Ohio

Carole Harker (19) Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Jon Stout (18) Hurricane, Utah

Poetry Winners

1st Place

Holly Ann Welker (19) Thatcher, Arizona

2nd Place

Denise Belnap (20) Inkom, Idaho

3rd Place

Becky Jo Ward (19) Blackfoot, Idaho

Honorable Mention

Kirsten Christensen (19) Tempe, Arizona

Jessica Goodfellow (17) Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

Carolyn Packard (18) Silver Spring, Maryland

Sharron Raye Pitts (19) Sandy, Utah

Shane Stewart (14) Meadow, Utah

Elayne Wells (17) Salt Lake City, Utah

Annette Woodruff (16) Olds, Alberta, Canada

Hymn Winners

1st Place

Brent N. Jorgensen (24) Mesa, Arizona

2nd Place

Julie Larsen (23) Highland, Utah

Honorable Mention

Debra Kirkpatrick (13) Cedar Hills, Utah

Mark J. Nielsen (21) Bountiful, Utah

Song Winners

1st Place

Brent N. Jorgensen (24) Mesa, Arizona

2nd Place

Dwight Blazin (20) Castro Valley, California

Honorable Mention

Brad Wilcox (23) Provo, Utah

Alan Williams (17) Fort Collins, Colorado

Photography Winners

1st Place

Julianne Thornley (25) Phoenix, Arizona

2nd Place

Aaron Vinck (19) Placerville, California

3rd Place

Jose Ortega (19) Miami, Florida

Honorable Mention

Mark Allen (20) Orem, Utah

Dana Beck (20) Bakersfield, California

Linda Clark (13) Culver City, California

Jay Curtis (16) Mesa, Arizona

Chad Guisinger (14) Walla Walla, Washington

Lynn Howlett (20) Anchorage, Alaska

R. Tracy Jones (19) Plainfield, Indiana

Franklin S. Nilson (23) Salt Lake City, Utah

Darin Oswald (19) Idaho Falls, Idaho

Wayne Rickords (18) Pasco, Washington

Kelly Smith (24) Sparks, Nevada

Shawn Stradley (15) Riverton, Utah

Rex Strother (21) Seal Beach, California

Bryan Waters (16) Solvang, California

[photo] Photo by Gerald Bybee

[photos] Brent Schindler; Kirsten Christensen; Carole T. Warburton; Karen E. Bennett; Shane Worrell; Patricia L. Slade; Dayle King Searle; Brad Wilcox; Carole T. Warburton; Holly Ann Welker; Denise Belnap; Becky Jo Ward; Brent N. Jorgensen; Julie Larsen; Brent N. Jorgensen; Dwight Blazin; Julianne Thornley; Aaron Vinck; Jose Ortega