Literary Arts Awards

The following awards were made during the 2018 Utah Arts Festival for those participating in our literary arts program.

Wasatch IronPen/UltraPen Contest

The Salt Lake Community College Writing Center, 12th anniversary

Adult Fiction:

  • 1st: Pete Gomben, Wings
  • Honorable Mention: Alice Lopez, Dream State

Adult Poetry:

  • 1st: Kathy Ann Rekoutis, Untitled (Into The Vastness)
  • Honorable Mention: Spencer Ballard, How to Cleanse A Wound

Adult Nonfiction:

  • 1st: Pete Gomben, Next to Godliness
  • Honorable Mention: Lisha Yang, An Appeal

Adult Ultra:

  • 1st: R.J. Walker, On Demons and the Salt That Summons Them
  • Honorable Mention: Chantel Sigman Baker, Scavengers, Blending In, The West Desert

Youth Fiction:

  • 1st: Francesca Vales, Suffragettes of the Salt Flats
  • Honorable Mention: Bess Bateman, Alkaline Bimbo

Youth Poetry:

  • 1st: Madeline Galian, the plains
  • Honorable Mention: Jane Galian, blood oranges

Youth Nonfiction:

  • 1st: Beatrice Teigen, Yes We Can

Poetry Slam Competition

Big Mouth Stage


  • 1st: Jesse Parent, Salt Lake City
  • 2nd: Xach Blunt, Texas
  • 3rd: Clementine von Radics, Oregon


  • 1st: Salt City Slam
  • 2nd: Albuquerque
  • 3rd: Skyline High School