Several competitions are coming up for ambitious writers, and there are also some readings and lectures in store.

- AMERICAN MOTHERS INC. of Utah is accepting entries in its 1991 literature contest. Entries must be unpublished and not copyrighted. Entry fee is $5. The deadline is Jan. 15.Categories include: poetry (fewer than 100 lines); short story (2,500 words or less); essay/article (2,500 words or less).

The competiton is open to all Utah mothers.

For more detailed information, call 272-7301.

- THE SPARROWGRASS POETRY FORUM is offering $500 for the best poem.

Poets may enter one poem, 20 lines or less, on any subject.

Deadline is March 31.

Send your poem to Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum, Dept. D, 203 Diamond St., Sisterville, WV 26175. Include self-addressed, stamped envelope.

There is no entry fee.

- ELOUISE BELL - teacher, columnist and author of "Only When I Laugh" - will be the guest speaker at 3 p.m. this afternoon at the Marriott Library on the University of Utah campus.

Bell is currently a professor of English at BYU.

For information call 581-7791.

- SHARON CHRISTENSEN and Katharine Coles, both Salt Lake City writers, will read prose and poetry at A Woman's Place Bookstore, 1400 S. Foothill Drive, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14.

The reading is free to the public. Refreshments will be served.

For information call 583-6431.

- SALT LAKE WRITERS David Stevenson and Linda Nowlin will read from their work at the Art Barn, 54 Finch Lane, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Stevenson is a fiction writer and teaching fellow at the University of Utah.

Nowlin, a native of Kansas, is also at the U. She has been published in the New Republic and Cimarron Review.

For information, call the Utah Arts Council at 596-5000.