2016 English Quest Book List

We want to publicize the list of books that have been chosen for the 2016 English QUEST competition. We're excited about these books and their potential for classroom and personal use. The books are listed below the break, including links to Amazon.com descriptions (click "Read More" to see the list). We've also created a flyer that can be printed and posted or distributed. Please note that because QUEST serves a wide audience, all of these books may not be suitable for all grade levels; we encourage teachers to read these books carefully as they consider how to use these books with students. If you have questions or comments about the list, please contact our QUEST competition chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



English Quest

Quest is a statewide competition for secondary level students, grades 8-12. Participants receive awards for outstanding performances in various categories related to language arts and receive medals and awards for outstanding performances. Please note these important details about the upcoming Quest competition:

  • This next QUEST competition will be held at Weber State University in Ogden on March 27, 2015.
  • Schools are required to bring adults judges (1 for every 10 students) to help facilitate the competition. Schools are encouraged to bring more volunteer judges than the required ratio, if possible.
  • There is a cap on how many students may attend. Public schools may only register up to 50 students and private/charter schools may only register up to 40 students. Junior highs may bring up to five (5) 8th grade students. The 8th graders may participate in ONE event and observe the two other events.
  • Students can compete in one of nineteen competition categories; view the list and descriptions of these categories.
  • The 2015 reading list has now been made available: click here for this list.

Registration is required for both the school and individual students.

We're excited to offer online registration this year! More details and a link will be available here once the deadline approaches.

To receive further information, including a list of previous winners, sample writing, and sample tests, contact our Quest chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

English Quest

Utah English Quest is a language arts festival designed to celebrate and promote all areas of literacy.  This festival, held annually in the spring, encourages and rewards Utah students' excellence in reading, writing, speaking, presenting, filming, drawing, and acting.  The contests showcase students' expression and expertise in their use of language and communication.  All Utah students in grades 9-12 are invited to participate in this opportunity to share and present their language arts talents and abilities. Find out more about our Quest competition from our Quest portal page.

Contest Categories

English Quest features a wide variety of competition categories, all related to the English or Language Arts. Below we've listed all the events as well as a brief description of each. In many categories, you can view copies of the scoring guide or other information used to judge the events.

NOTE: In all art events, there will be a digital division for art created with computers.


How to Enter A Student Team

Registration for QUEST is now electronic! Visit the link below to complete the registration and pay online. There is a $5 per student OR a $100 per school entry fee (whichever is less), payable to: UCTE English Quest. Have questions? Email our quest chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Register Here!


Quest Event Schedule

The Quest competition features a full day of activities. Here's what our schedule typically looks like:

Check-in: 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Opening Assembly: 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Judges Meeting: 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Event 1: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Event 2: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Event 3: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Best Performances: 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Closing Assembly: 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Driving Directions to Weber State University


Go southbound on I-15 to 21st Street exit.  Continue east to Harrison Boulevard (approximately 4 miles). Turn right (south) on Harrison Boulevard and go approximately 3 miles to University Circle (3800 South).  Turn left on University Circle and follow directional signs.



Go northward on I-15 to exit 324 near Lagoon. Travel north on US-89 to Harrison Boulevard. Turn right (north) on Harrison Boulevard and go approximately 3 miles to 4100 So.  Turn right at the first entrance into campus and follow directional signs