Writing for the Ensign

Right after Joshua J. Perkey taught a class on how to write for the LDS Church magazines, a woman writer said to him, "My first rejection was from the Ensign." She is in good company. Every month about 400 people get that same feeling when their submission is rejected for publication in one of the official magazines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Perkey is a senior editor at the Ensign magazine, but as an after-work-hours writer of epic fantasy novels, he also knows a little bit about rejection. That might be one reason why he was so excited to tell a session at last April's LDStorymakers Writers Conference the secrets of getting published in the church magazines.

Because he works at the Ensign, most of Perkey's examples apply directly to that publication. But the principles also work for submitting articles to the international Liahona magazine, the youth's New Era magazine and the children's Friend magazine.

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