Gala Information

When and Where?

The 2019 Whitney Awards Gala will be held on FRIDAY, May 8th, 2020 (instead of Saturday). We are excited at the opportunities this change brings us, and we hope that you will choose to join us at this fun and exciting event, celebrating novels by authors who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Who can attend the Whitney Awards gala?

The gala is a public event in honor of some amazing LDS authors. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

What do I wear to the Whitney Awards gala?

Whitney wardrobe choices vary from Sunday best to formal dress. Finalists and presenters tend to gravitate toward dressier attire. Full-sized ballgowns and top hats are pretty rare, but we welcome attendees and finalists alike to embrace the excitement of the occasion. Many attendees in the past have felt comfortable in Sunday best, but you don’t have to be a finalist or award presenter to have a little fun with your wardrobe choices.

Does the gala have assigned seating?

Seating is not assigned, but tables closer to the front are reserved for finalists, committee members, etc. Seating is open in both the reserved and unreserved sections. When you check in, we will let you know which section you may choose a seat in. Reserved tables will be marked accordingly.

How do I buy tickets?

Tickets are available for purchase HERE.

Why is there a charge for tickets, and as a finalist, do I get in free?

Event costs are covered by the ticket price. Unfortunately, the committee is unable to provide free tickets for finalists.

How do I check in at the gala?

There will be a check-in area outside the entrance to the ballroom, manned by our committee members. We will check your name on our master ticket list, and welcome you to the gala.

What if I don’t remember what meal I chose?

When you check in, you will be given a slip of paper with your meal choice on it, to simplify things for you and the wait staff.

I sold my ticket to someone else/I bought a ticket from someone else. What now?

Tickets cannot be refunded but they can be sold. The person who originally purchased the ticket will need to email us at Please be advised that the meal choice originally assigned to the ticket cannot be changed.

When and where is the gala held?

The gala will be held in the Provo Marriott hotel ballroom on May 8th, 2020. Doors open at 7:00pm, and the event begins at 7:30pm.

Where can I park?

There is a parking garage attached to the hotel. Simply ask for a token at the front desk in order to exit the structure.

If I’m not a finalist, is there a point to going to the gala?

The answer to this question will, of course, vary from person to person. Attending the gala has the potential to be an inspiring and heart-warming experience. Honoring the hard work of talented LDS authors is an important endeavor. The sense of community in that ballroom every year is almost overpowering, and bearing witness to the great love and respect that LDS authors go out of their way to show each other is more than worth the time and ticket price.

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