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Prose Contest

Personal essays are first-person accounts of life experiences based on a central theme or idea or fiction through unpublished short stories. 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.

We welcome unpublished personal essays as entries for our annual contest.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. Members of the staff and their families are ineligible to enter.

Entries are judged by Segullah editors. The winning author receives the Segullah Award for Excellence in Writing ($100). The winning piece, any honorable mentions, and other contest entries selected for publication will be featured in our Fall/Winter issue. The judges reserve the right to withhold the award if none of the entries merits it.

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 “Personal Essay Contest,” 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 Essay Contest may be sent to prose.editor [at] segullah [dot] org.

Annual Deadline: December 31

Contest results will be announced in our Spring/Summer issue. Authors of the honored essays will be notified in advance. All essays accepted for publication will be subject to thorough revision under the guidance of an editor.

Poetry Contest

We welcome unpublished poems as entries for our annual contest.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 ($100). The winning poem, any honorable mentions, and other contest entries selected for publication will be featured in our Fall/Winter issue. The judges reserve the right to withhold any award if no entries merit the ratings established.

To enter your work, please follow these instructions:

See style guidelines on this page for instructions on formatting your submission.

  • 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.
  • 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

Contest results will be announced in our Spring 2011 issue. The winner will be notified in advance.
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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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