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Deseret Book Accepting Submissions for Series on Mormon Women

By: Brittany C. - June 11, 2010

Esteemed Friends of the JI,

I have an exciting announcement for all of you interested in Mormon women’s studies and who have the desire to be published! Deseret Book is creating a new series called Women of Faith in the Latter Days and is calling to YOU for submissions. The volumes will be primarily story-and-faith-based and will provide an important opportunity to generate interest in Mormon women in popular LDS culture, with an aim to inspire deeper research at present and in the future.  We need thorough, historically-based research (which you are all so good at!) in conjunction with narratives of faith and testimony. Below you will find the prospectus for the volumes. Share the story of an LDS woman you admire and submit an article for any volume listed. Feel free to send an email to the address below for additional details. Thanks all!  Brittany

Women of Faith in the Latter Days

2914 Ivory Way

Taylorsville, UT 84084

lds.women.of.faith@gmail.com

We are pleased to announce the establishment of a new series titled Women of Faith in the Latter Days. Although roughly half the people in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been women, their lives of faith and dedication have not received the attention they deserve. This series aims to enhance awareness of these women through inspirational vignettes that point to works dealing more fully with their lives.

To that end, each volume in the series will contain 50 ten-page chapters on different women from all walks of life. Each chapter will contain a photograph or portrait of the woman (if available), a very brief biography (one page or less), an experience from her life (in her own words or the author’s) that will uplift and inspire, and a brief bibliography.

Since a purpose of the series is to popularize the women in the volumes, the intended audience is a general readership with interest in Latter-day Saint women. The series will be published by Deseret Book and marketed widely to the subject audience.

The first volume in the series will be scheduled for publication in 2011, with subsequent volumes to follow at one-year intervals or even sooner, if sufficient submissions are received earlier. The first seven volumes will be as follows:

  • Volume 1: Women born up to 1820
  • Volume 2: Women born between 1821 and 1845
  • Volume 3: Women born between 1846 and 1870
  • Volume 4: Women born between 1871 and 1895
  • Volume 5: Women born between 1896 and 1920
  • Volume 6: Women born between 1921 and 1945
  • Volume 7: Women born between 1946 and 1970

We invite anyone interested in contributing to these volumes to submit a proposal to lds.women.of.faith@gmail.com or to the physical address listed above. Selected authors will receive a modest honorarium and two copies of each volume in which their chapter appears.

We hope that you will share this prospectus with others who may be interested in the series and join with us in celebrating the many Latter-day Saint women whose lives should be an inspiration to readers in the present generation and in generations to come.

Richard E. Turley Jr.

Brittany A. Chapman

Series Editors

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12 Comments

  1. Rock on.

    Comment by J. Stapley — June 11, 2010 @ 3:08 pm

  2. This looks great. That’s for posting it here Brittany. Also, does this mean we can count a partial guest post from Rick? J/K :)

    Comment by Jared T — June 11, 2010 @ 6:05 pm

  3. Er, way to go … except this announcement coincides with my own peddling of my Keepa women’s stories to publishers. There goes my market.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — June 11, 2010 @ 6:46 pm

  4. There goes the market…for who? Ardis, nothing can compete with you…no worries.

    Comment by Chris H. — June 11, 2010 @ 8:22 pm

  5. Yeah, right. Me with a nobody publisher, facing down the DesBk machine in a market targeting LDS women. Scratch that. On to the Utah history possibilities. DesBk doesn’t give a d*** about non-Mormon Utahns.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — June 11, 2010 @ 8:42 pm

  6. I would buy it…

    Comment by Chris H. — June 11, 2010 @ 8:47 pm

  7. Eep! This is so exciting. I can’t wait to see what this looks like. You’re awesome, Brittany!

    Comment by Elizabeth — June 11, 2010 @ 8:56 pm

  8. I am looking forward to this series! What an exciting announcement :). Good work Brittany!

    Comment by Ardis S. — June 11, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

  9. Cool.

    Comment by Edje Jeter — June 12, 2010 @ 12:52 am

  10. I’m thrilled for the potential attention this could bring to Mormon women’s studies. Ardis–I hope you do something on non-Mormon Utah women…a good study is severely lacking.

    Comment by Brittany C. — June 12, 2010 @ 1:47 am

  11. I would love the idea of such a book! Is there a submission deadline?

    Comment by Andrea Ventilla — August 4, 2010 @ 10:25 pm

  12. Andrea, looks like submissions for the first volume are due at the end of August. See the official site .

    Comment by Jared T — August 4, 2010 @ 10:40 pm