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Three finalists have been selected for the 1989 Evans Biography Award, presented by the Mountain West Center for Regional Studies at Utah State University. The prize includes a $10,000 award to the winning author.

The works include "Ruth Benedict: Stranger in This Land" by Margaret Caffrey, "As I Recall" by Calvin Rampton and "The Making of a Mormon Apostle: The Story of Rudger Clawson," by David S. Hoopes and Roy Hoopes.- "FREEDOM IS WORTH fighting for," said one Vietnam veteran.

"Frankly," countered another serviceman, "I didn't see any freedom. All I saw was poverty, waste, sickness, prostitution, drug soliciting and all that."

Those diverging expressions are excerpts from "A Time to Kill: Reflections on War," a book issued by the local publishing house, Signature Books, that focuses on 58 LDS soldiers' experiences during World Wars I and II and the Korean and Vietnam wars.

The book was edited by Denny Roy, Grant Skabelund and Ray Hillam, and the ongoing project was sponsored by the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at Brigham Young University.

- THE ARIZONA STATE POETRY SOCIETY is accepting entries for its 23rd annual competition. There will be more than $1,000 in prizes.

For complete rules, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Michael Harmon, 5935 East Everett Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85254.

Deadline for entries is Aug. 31.

- THE FIFTH ANNUAL Intermountain Songwriters Seminar has been set for June 29th and 30th.

Tunesmiths from around the West will be gathering at the Prospector Square Conference Center in Park City to discuss the ins and outs of the business.

Special guests include Pamela Phillips Oland - who has written songs for Anne Murray, Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin - and Dude McClean, composer of "Nights Are Forever Without You." Jai Josefs and Tom Pallardy will also be on hand.

Friday classes run from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday sessions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fee is $50 for association members, $65 for non-members.

For information about lodging, chances to perform and other questions, call Cori Connors at 451-2831.