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NICOLE STANSBURY, novelist and short story writer, will read at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 4, at A Woman's Place Bookstore, 1400 Foothill Drive. Stansbury has a master's degree in creative writing from the Univeristy of Utah, and her books, "The Lucy Stories," won a 1989 Utah Arts Council Award. For information call 583-6431.- POET CYNTHIA MacDONALD will read from her work at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, in the College of Eastern Utah's Little Theater, in Price. MacDonald is a New York writer with a variety of publications and grants to her credit. For information call 637-2120.

- ELIZABETH GEORGE, a mystery writer, will be in Salt Lake City to autograph her latest book, "Well Schooled in Murder," at the King's English Bookstore, 1511 S. 1500 East, from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6. The Californian writes English-style mysteries. Her previous books are "A Great Deliverance" and "Payment In Blood."

- DAVID LEE, "Pig poet and Milton scholar," and Utah State University poet and essayist Ken Brewer will read at 7 p.m. Friday, March 8, in the Eccles Conference Center on the Utah State University campus. Call A Book Store at 752-9089 for information.

- THE UTAH STATE POETRY SOCIETY will offer a workshop in "Grammar and Poetry" from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Whitmore Library, 2197 E. 7000 South. Maxine R. Jennings will lead the discussion. Call 969-9727 for information. COMPETITIONS

- COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIPS for the seventh annual Writers at Work Conference in Park City are available. Writers who are residents of Utah may apply. Deadline for applications is April 1. The conference will begin on June 23. For information call Gayle Kapaloski at 533-8791.

- A LITERARY AND SONG CONTEST is being conducted in connection with Bountiful's centennial celebration in 1992. The competition is open to residents from throughout Utah, especially residents of Davis County. Song, prose and poetry entries, in seven categories for adults and for young people ages 12 to 18, must be related to the centennial or a Bountiful historical theme and based on factual material. Contest deadline is next Dec. 1.

First-, second- and third-place winners will be awarded cash prizes from $20 to $100. Three honorable mention winners will also be awarded centennial medallions. Winners will be announced early in 1992 as part of the city's centennial celebration.

To obtain detailed contest rules, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Dora Flack, 448 E. 775 North, Bountiful, UT 84010.

- SPARROWGRASS POETRY FORUM is offering $500 for the best poem in its competition. There will be 34 other cash prizes.

Rules are simple. Poets may enter one poem only of 20 lines or less. Any style, any subject. Deadline is March 31.

Send poems to Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum, Dept. DA, 203 Diamond St., Sisterville, WV 26175.

Winning entries will be published in book form. Purchase of a book may be required to ensure publication, but no purchase is necessary to win the cash awards.

- THE LEAGUE OF UTAH WRITERS is sponsoring a series of quarterly competitons. The summer deadline is July 15. Categories include "self-help," "travel writing," "serious (but not deadly) poetry" and "newsletters."

For information, mail a self-addressed stamped letter to: Norbert Bensch, League of Utah Writers Contests, 564 E. 4050 South #9H, Murray, UT 84107.OTHER NEWS

- ROBERT BINGHAM DOWNS, retired director of one of the nation's largest university libraries and author of the best-seller "Books That Changed the World," has died of pneumonia in Champaign, Ill. He was 87.