THE UTAH WILDERNESS ASSOCIATION has announced its sixth annual Wilderness Poetry Competition.

The WPC will award $100 for a first-place poem this year.Unpublished poems of 40 lines or less on a wilderness theme will be accepted until Feb. 15, 1991. Send entries to POETRY / Wilderness Association, 455 E. 400 South, No. 306, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.

There is a limit of three poems per poet, with a fee of $3 for each poem. Send two copies of each poem, one with name, address and phone number of the poet, one without identification. For more information call 359-1337. The top five poems will appear in the association's magazine.

- LEVI PETERSON and Michael Fillerup have scheduled several appearances around the state to promote their new books. Peterson is the author of "Night Soil" and Fillerup of "Vision," two new releases from Signature.

The pair will be at Atticus Books in Orem at 7:30 Saturday, Dec. 1, and at A Book Store in Logan on Monday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. Peterson will be at King's English Books in Salt Lake City at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13.

- JUDITH FREEMAN will read from her novel, "The Chinchilla Farm," at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at Waking Owl Books, 208 S. 1300 East.

The reading is free and open to the public. Call 582-7323.

- DESERET BOOK recently honored eight authors and two recording artists who've contributed to the LDS culture.

The authors include Anya Bateman, Richard L. Bednar, Scott R. Peterson, Derin Head Rodriguez, Eric Stephan, R. Wayne Pace, and Blaine and Brenton Yorgason.

Kevin Peay and Joel McCausland were honored for their music.

- THE MAUD MAY BABCOCK Reading Arts Society will present a program of "Christmas Humor and Homily" from the works of Ogden Nash, Phyllis McGinley and others. Shirlee H. Shields and Glen Slight will read.

The event is at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Art Barn, 54 Finch Lane.