LDS Living Writer's Guidelines

LDS Living is a bimonthly magazine dedicated to empowering families to make a positive difference in the home and community. Articles are often assigned to an approved group of freelance or staff writers, but we are always interested in taking a look at other writers and their ideas.

Editorial Focus

Each LDS Living article should be informative and inspiring, and enable readers to make a difference in their families or communities. We desire engaging articles that tell a story, explain "how to," or provide unique and entertaining insights into the LDS lifestyle. Heavy doctrine or scripture references are not appropriate for our publication.

As an international publication to members and friends of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we're interested in stories that appeal to a wide variety of families. We cannot publish stories that have appeared in other national publications. We are open to any article idea, but here a some examples of what we are looking for:

  • Home and Family - family roles, family fun, relationships, life transitions, parenting, single parenting, and grandparenting. (1,500-3,300 words)
  • Education, Service, and How To - advice on how to improve our lives through education and service to others. Give examples of someone's life that is inspirational. Suggest helpful tips for life's daily tasks. (800-1,500 words)
  • Destinations - family travel to popular locations from an LDS perspective. (1,800-2,00 words)
  • Making a Difference - ordinary people performing extraordinary acts of service or sacrifice. (400-600 words)
  • Discovery - different cultures and new challenges in our expanding LDS experience. (1,500-1,800 words)
  • At Home - resources for family home evening, family history, family fitness, family finance, home improvement, and entertaining. (800-1,100 words)

Submission

Queries or manuscripts can be submitted as an email attachment in MS Word format or pasted in the body of the email.

Send to editor@ldsliving.com. It is not possible to accept queries over the telephone.

Queries

Before sending your query letter, please review the following guidelines. They will help our query be evaluated fairly and make it easier for us to respond.

  • Spend some time with our magazine to gain a good idea of the different kinds of stories we publish, as well as their tone and style.
  • Send a short email outlining the topic you'd like to address, as well as your strategy for writing the story.
  • Queries should offer a clear, original, and detailed concept and should reflect familiarity with the magazine's content, tone, and style. Since we receive many queries on the same topics, please be as specific as possible about what makes your idea unique. Include your qualification to write it.
  • Demonstrate your ability to provide supporting evidence by referencing the kinds of sources you intend to use. Our features include expert advice, real-family examples, and valid data.

Acceptance

Manuscripts submitted to LDS Living are received solely at the creator's risk. No work is accepted without a signed copy of the contributor agreement.

Assignment of Rights

For previously unpublished manuscripts, LDS Living purchases all rights including the exclusive right to publish work in a magazine, book, Internet, or any other media which LDS Living deems appropriate. For previously published work, LDS Living purchases non-exclusive rights.

Payment

Payment is made according to the terms of the contributor agreement upon publication.

Affiliations

LDS Living is a division of Deseret Book Company, published in Salt Lake City, Utah.