The Salt Lake Chapter of the League of Utah Writers will hold a meeting Oct. 9, 6:45 at the Salt Lake Library. Recent League contest winners will read from their manuscripts.

As time allows, others from the audience will be invited to read.Call 278-4933 for information.

- The Magna Community Arts Council announces its 1990 competition.

It is open to all interested writers. There will be cash awards and publication opportunities.

Categories include fiction, non-fiction, poetry and others.

Deadline is Oct. 31, 1990.

For information call 250-0115 or 250-2943.

- On Oct. 11, 8 p.m. at the Art Barn, Mark Strand will offer a reading of his poems.

Strand is en route to Washington, D.C., where he'll be America's poet laureate for the upcoming year and serve as the poetry consultant to the Library of Congress.

Admission is free.

Sponsors are the Salt Lake City Arts Council, the Utah Arts Council and the Maud May Babcock Reading Arts Society.

For information call 596-5000.

- Patrick White, a rancher who turned to writing and won the 1973 Nobel Prize for literature, died at his home in Sydney, Australia, after a lengthy illness. He was 78.

His first novel, "Happy Valley," published in 1939, was awarded the Australian Literary Society Gold Medal, as was "The Tree of Man," published in 1955.

He won the Nobel Prize for his novel, "Eye of the Storm," a portrait of the final days of an elderly woman whose greedy relatives return to Europe to await her demise. "Eye of the Storm" also explored Australians' attitudes toward their European cultural roots.

An obituary in The Times of London lauded White "for his visionary power and for taking risks, which few other writers dared to take, in order to give full rein to his imagination."