Submitting to Blog or Journal

Blog Submissions

Tips for a Well-Written Post:
1. We are looking for engaging blog posts for Blog Segullah that further Segullah’s mission to encourage literary talent, provoke thought, and promote greater understanding and faith among LDS women.
2. Emphasize your personal experience over stating universal principles.
3. Show don’t tell. Paint a picture from the details of your life that are unique to you.
4. Have a beginning, a middle and an end. Craft something that is more like an essay and less like an email to a friend.

Submission Guidelines for Guest Posts:
1. Suggested length for blog submissions is between 500-800 words.
2. Space on the blog for guest posts is limited and posts may be scheduled up to a month in advance.
3. Please allow up to two weeks for a response from our blog editors regarding your post; submissions may be subject to a revision process.
4. Submit guest posts as a Microsoft Word document attached to an email, not in the body of the email itself.
5. Guest posts must be submitted by the original author.
6. We prefer original content that has not been previously published, either electronically or in print. By submitting work to Segullah, contributors implicitly accept the terms of our copyright policy.
7. All guest posts should be submitted electronically to guest.post@segullah.org

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Journal Submissions

Segullah features literary and visual art created by Latter-day Saint women. We encourage contributions from beginners as well as practiced amateurs and professionals.Segullah is now published monthly.

We accept electronic submissions only. Simultaneous submissions are permitted; we ask only that you let us know in your cover letter if your work is being submitted elsewhere. If your work is accepted for publication after submission to Segullah, please let us know. Submissions not used in the forthcoming issue of Segullah may be held, with the author’s permission, for possible use in later issues.

By submitting work to Segullah, contributors implicitly accept the terms of our copyright policy.

General Submissions deadline: Last Day of each month, excepting June and December.

Themed Issues

Space and Time: Premortal/Mortal/Postmortal

Cornerstones and Touchstones

Coming in late 2013

Submissions deadline: June 30, 2013

April 2014

Contest issue (contest entries only)

Coming in early 2014

Submissions deadline: December 31, 2013

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Submission Categories

Creative Nonfiction |Fiction | Poetry | Visual Arts

 

Additional Submission Information

Issue Themes | Essay Helps | Style Guidelines | Copyright Policy

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Creative Nonfiction Submissions

We are interested in personal essays, lyrical essays, experimental essays, short memoirs, and other works of creative nonfiction written by LDS women on a variety of subjects in harmony with our mission statement. Please read a variety of pieces from our archive to understand what we are looking for. Submissions should be no longer than 5000 words.

Message from the CNF editor: Creative nonfiction is a genre near and dear to my heart. I am interested in submissions that honestly and artfully explore subjects directly and tangentially important to LDS women. I particularly enjoy reading work that tackles new ideas and unspoken challenges, as well as fresh approaches to familiar topics. I find that the most successful essays tap into universal truths and the shared human experience by focusing on individual ruminations and experiences without waxing didactic, moralistic, or heavy handed. I especially encourage experimentation in form and heightened attention to language.

To submit your work, please follow these instructions:

  • Send your submission as a Word attachment (.doc, .docx, or .txt) or in the body of the email.
  • In the subject line, please indicate submission type (CNF), followed by the title and your full name. (Example: CNF_Title of the Essay_Jane Doe)
  • In the body of the email, include your full name, street address, email address, phone number, your essay’s word count, and a brief biography.
  • Indicate whether your submission is for one of our themes or contests. All contest entries are considered for general publication post-contest.
  • Send your submission to submit.prose [at] segullah [dot] org. You will receive an automated email response confirming our receipt of your submission.
  • Inquiries for the prose editor may be sent to prose.editor [at] segullah [dot] org.

Submissions accepted for publication are subject to revision under the guidance of an editor.

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Fiction Submissions

We are interested in short fiction written by LDS women that touch on subjects in harmony with our mission statement. Please read a variety of pieces from our archive to understand what we are looking for. Submissions should be no longer than 5000 words.

Message from the fiction editor: As a genre, fiction allows writers the freedom to tell any story in any way they choose. As a reader, I am interested in submissions that develop complex characters and tell engaging stories that deal with themes directly and tangentially important to LDS women. I particularly enjoy reading work that offers a fresh and fearless narrative voice, that experiments with storytelling techniques, and that engages rich and original plots through vibrant language. Similarly, I am uninterested in stories that come across as didactic, moralistic, or heavy handed. Surprise me, delight me, break my heart, and leave me wanting more.

To submit your work, please follow these instructions:

  • Send your submission as a Word attachment (.doc, .docx, or .txt) or in the body of the email.
  • In the subject line, please indicate submission type (Fiction), followed by the title and your full name. (Example: Fiction_Title of the Essay_Jane Doe)
  • In the body of the email, include your full name, street address, email address, phone number, the story’s word count, and a brief biography.
  • Indicate whether your submission is for one of our themes or contests. All contest entries are considered for general publication post-contest.
  • Send your submission to submit.prose [at] segullah [dot] org. You will receive an automated email response confirming our receipt of your submission.
  • Inquiries for the prose editor may be sent to prose.editor [at] segullah [dot] org.

Submissions accepted for publication are subject to revision under the guidance of an editor.

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Poetry Submissions

We accept submissions of poetry written by LDS women which correspond with our upcoming issue theme, or which address other subjects in harmony with our mission statement. Please peruse our archive, to get a sense of the poetry we publish. If this is your first time submitting, we prefer you to send two to four poems in order for our board to get a better impression of your work as a whole (although you may send just one if you prefer). Please choose your best, most polished pieces to exemplify your writing.

Message from the poetry editor: Poetry, by its very nature, is concise storytelling. It can take a lifetime or a single instant and create both a concentration and expansion of the experience. The poems which most resonate with me are those which tell a story—either personal or universal—using tight, imaginative language, with solid pacing and strong line breaks. I am not looking for poems that are tied up tritely in the final lines, rhyme which is used for convenience instead of innovation, or pieces which use the thesaurus too much or not enough. Send poems that explore your life as a LDS woman and the world around you using stunning language and brilliant images.

To submit your work, please follow these instructions:

  • Send your entire submission, with one to four titled poems, in the body of one email, not as an attachment.
  • Please check your spelling carefully, since any unusual spelling in a poem will be considered intentional.
  • Use a plain, black, 12-point font, and note an unusual formatting in case it is lost upon emailing.
  • Include your full name, address, phone number, and email address at the top of the page.
  • In the subject line of your email, type the titles of your poems, followed by your full name.
  • In the email, indicate whether your submission is general, for one of our themes (and which), or intended for our yearly contest. All contest entries are considered for general publication post-contest.
  • Email poetry submissions to submit.poetry [at] segullah [dot] org. You will receive an automated email response confirming our receipt of your submission.
  • Inquiries for the poetry editor may be sent to poetry.editor [at] segullah [dot] org.

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Visual Art Submissions

We welcome submissions of visual art created by LDS women on a variety of subjects in harmony with our mission statement. Our issue archives identify the artists we have featured in the past. We typically feature three artists per year which includes a prominent featuring in our blog and social media, as well as pairing art with the pieces in our literary journal. As a featured artist, 12-20 works will be featured in various forums. Artists can submit their work at any time; artists wishing to be considered for the contest should specifically state their intentions in the submission email.

We accept digital images of 2D and 3D art, including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics, woodcut, fabric and textile art.

We accept submissions for our featured artist throughout the year.

To submit your work, please follow these instructions:

  • Send five images, as well as a link to your website or portfolio of works.
  • In the subject line, please indicate “Featured Artist,” followed by your full name. (Example: Featured Artist_Jane Doe)
  • In the body of the email, include your full name, street address, email address, phone number, and a brief biography.
  • Send your submission to segullahartdirector [at] gmail [dot] com.
  • Inquiries for the art director may also be sent to
    segullahartdirector [at] gmail [dot] com.

Submissions selected for publication are generally cropped to meet specific formatting.

Themes

Issue themes are broad concepts intended to solicit a wide spectrum of insights and perspectives. Several themes will be open for submission at once, with one chosen by the editors when preparing an issue. Any pieces submitted on a particular theme may also be considered for future publication (with the author’s permission).

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Essay Helps

Essay Helps: Printable (pdf 37KB) Version

A personal essay features life experiences which illustrate an idea. Essayist Edward Hoaglund explains that an essay “hangs somewhere between two sturdy poles: this is what I think, and this is what I am.” Your idea—what I think—is the core of the essay; it need not be stated explicitly, but it does need to be clear. The style and voice you use in communicating your idea reveals aspects of your self—“what I am.”

We are looking for essays which:

  • Use first person.
  • Speak from a place of familiarity, focusing on the details unique to your own experience.
  • Employ effective story-telling techniques (such as blending of scene and summary; imagery and five-sense appeal; characterization; active verb; “show not tell”).
  • Rely on subtle meaning and avoid heavy-handed moralizing.
  • Feature an authentic voice. This requires honesty about your feelings and ideas.
  • Use structure to emphasize meaning. You might try coming at your issue from a variety of different angles rather than using a methodical approach. An essay’s structure may be braided, fragmented, fluid (stream-of-consciousness), or more conventional.
  • Consider other points of view. Exploring conflicting ideas may lend depth to your essay’s meaning.

Through employing these techniques, you may move beyond merely reporting an experience or evidencing a point to creating insightful, personable literary art. Essayist Philip Lopate emphasizes, “While it is true that historically the essay is related to rhetoric, it in fact seeks to persuade more by the delights of literary style than anything else.”

You may also find the articles filed under writing tips at our blog to be helpful.

References:

Edward Hoaglund, The Tugman’s Passage (New York: Random House, 1982), 25.

The Art of the Personal Essay, Phillip Lopate, ed. (NY: Anchor Books Doubleday, 1994), 301.

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Copyright Policy

Copyright 2005-2012, The Segullah Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This notice pertains to journal issues and all other website material. For use and permission inquiries, or for more information about our copyright policy, contact the editor at editor.in.chief AT segullah DOT org. Inquiries pertaining to individual pieces will be forwarded to the respective author/artist.

By submitting their work to Segullah, contributors implicitly license The Segullah Group to print, re-print, distribute, and display their work, in whole or in part, in print and web versions of the journal, without compensation of any kind. Published authors retain full rights over their work, and may submit their work to other publications after it has appeared in Segullah without obtaining permission; however, Segullah should be acknowledged as the place of first publication.

Authors who quote from other works must secure any necessary permissions, and will be responsible for any infractions of copyright law within their pieces.

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Contests

Personal Essay Contest | Poetry Contest | Fiction Contest | Visual Art Contest

 Creative Nonfiction Contest

We welcome unpublished creative nonfiction entries for our annual contest. Please read a variety of essays from our archive to understand what we are looking for. Our Essay Helps guide may also be useful for you. Entries may address any subject in harmony with our mission statement. Entries should not exceed 3500 words. Entrants must be female members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The winner of the previous year’s essay contest is ineligible to enter. Members of the staff and their families are ineligible to enter.

Entries will be judged by Segullah editors. The winning author receives the Segullah Award for Excellence in Creative Nonfiction, a cash prize, as well as publication in our online journal. We publish the winning essay, any honorable mentions, and occasionally other contest entries in our Spring issue. The judges reserve the right to withhold the award if none of the entries merits it. All essays accepted for publication are subject to thorough revision under the guidance of an editor. The winner and any honorable mentions will be notified in advance of publication.

To enter your essay in the contest, please follow these instructions:

  • See style guidelines for instructions on formatting your submission.
  • Send your submission in the body of the email, not as an attachment.
  • In the email body include your full name, street address, email address, phone number, and your essay’s word count.
  • Please clearly indicate that your essay is intended for the contest.
  • In the email subject line type the title of your essay, followed by your full name.
  • Send your entry to essay.contest [at] segullah [dot] org. You will receive an automated email response confirming our receipt of your submission.
  • Other correspondence regarding the Segullah Essay Contest may be sent to prose [at] segullah [dot] org

Annual Deadline: December 31

Poetry Contest

We welcome unpublished poems for our annual contest. Entries may address any subject in harmony with our mission statement. There is no length limit. Poets may submit multiple entries. Entrants must be female members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The winner of the previous year’s poetry contest is ineligible to enter. Members of the staff and their families are ineligible to enter.

Entries are judged by Segullah editors. The winner receives the Segullah Award for Excellence in Poetry, a cash prize, as well as publication in our online journal. We publish the winning poem, any honorable mentions, and occasionally other contest entries in our Spring issue. The judges reserve the right to withhold the award if none of the entries merits it. The winner and any honorable mentions will be notified in advance of publication.

To enter your work, please follow these instructions:

  • Please use a plain, black, 12-point font.
  • Send your submission in the body of the email.
  • Include your full name, street address, email address, and phone number in the email body.
  • Type the title of your poem(s) in the email subject line, followed by your first and last names.
  • Please clearly indicate that your poem(s) are intended for the contest.
  • Send your entry to poetry.contest [at] segullah [dot] org.
  • You may submit up to three poems for the contest.
  • Other correspondence regarding the contest may be sent to poetry.editor [at] segullah [dot] org.

Annual deadline: December 31

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Fiction Contest

We welcome unpublished short stories as entries for our annual contest. Entries may address any subject in harmony with our mission statement. Entries should not exceed 3500 words. Entrants must be female members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The winner of the previous year’s fiction contest is ineligible to enter. Members of the staff and their families are ineligible to enter.

Entries are judged by Segullah editors. The winner receives the Segullah Award for Excellence in Fiction. The winning essay, any honorable mentions, and other contest entries selected for publication will be featured in our Spring issue. The judges reserve the right to withhold the award if none of the entries merits it. All stories accepted for publication are subject to thorough revision under the guidance of an editor. The winner and any honorable mentions will be notified in advance of publication.

To enter your essay in the contest, please follow these instructions:

  • See style guidelines for instructions on formatting your submission.
  • Send your submission in the body of the email, not as an attachment.
  • In the email body include your full name, street address, email address, phone number, and your essay’s word count.
  • In the email subject line type the name of your story, followed by your full name.
  • Please clearly indicate that your submission is intended for this contest.
  • Send your entry to fiction.contest [at] segullah [dot] org. You will receive an automated email response confirming our receipt of your submission.
  • Other correspondence regarding fiction submissions may be sent to fiction.editor [at] segullah [dot] org

Annual Deadline: December 31

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Visual Art Contest

We welcome works of visual art for our annual contest. Entries may address any subject in harmony with our mission statement. We accept digital images of 2D and 3D art, including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics, woodcut, fabric and textile art. Artists may submit up to three pieces for entry. Entrants must be female members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The winner of the previous year’s art contest is ineligible to enter. Members of the staff and their families are ineligible to enter. Former Segullah artists are eligible to submit any work that has not been previously featured by Segullah.

Entries are judged by the Segullah art director and selected jurors. The winner receives the Segullah Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts, a cash prize, as well as publication in our online journal and blog. We publish the winning artwork, any honorable mentions, and occasionally other contest entries in the Spring and Summer issues of our journal. The judges reserve the right to withhold the award if none of the entries merits it. The winner and any honorable mentions will be notified in advance of publication.

To submit your work for the contest, please follow these instructions:

  • Send up to three images in JPEG format.
  • In the subject line, please indicate “Art Contest,” followed by your full name. (Example: Featured Artist_Jane Doe)
  • In the body of the email, include your full name, street address, email address, phone number, and a brief biography.
  • Send your submission to segullahartcontest [at] gmail [dot] com.
  • Inquiries for the art director may be sent to
    segullahartdirector [at] gmail [dot] com.

Contest Submission Dates: September 1 – December 31.

Submissions selected for publication are generally cropped to meet specific formatting.

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Style Guidelines

Style Guidelines: Printable (pdf, 39KB) Version

We follow the Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed.). To make the editing process run more smoothly, we ask authors to format their works as follows:

  • Single space after punctuation marks and in between sentences. This is the current publishing industry standard. If you prepared your manuscript using two spaces after periods and colons, please remove the extra spaces. (An easy way to check for extra spaces is to use the “show ¶” command in your word processing program.)
  • Single space between lines.
  • Double space between paragraphs. Do not indent at the beginning of paragraphs.
  • Use a plain font in 12-point size.
  • Allow the program to wrap the right edge automatically.
  • If documentation is required, use endnotes.
  • Include your full name, phone number, e-mail address and street address at the beginning of your email.
  • Include your essay’s title near the beginning of the email.
  • Proofread carefully. There are many errors that your word processing program will not identify. We suggest having someone else read your manuscript and offer suggestions.

If you have additional questions about style, you can find the fifteenth edition of the Chicago Manual of Style at most libraries and bookstores.

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