IT WOULDN'T BE A COLLECTIVE WITHOUT YOU.
In short, YOU—your experience, talents, and testimonies—are what makes this so special. We are so excited to read your work, and grateful that you are trusting us with what you’ve created! Please review the guidelines and upcoming themes as you prepare to submit.
FALL 2022 | SUBMIT BY MAR. 1, 2022
"OPPOSITION in all things..."
Since before Creation, opposition has been an essential part of God's plan. Though we often lament our experiences of heartache, sorrow, and trial, we know that without them, we would have no means of measuring joy, recovery, and triumph. As we navigate life's good and bad, easy and hard, light and dark, we are enabled to learn, grow, and find happiness by contrast. Examinations of "Opposition" are welcome.
WINTER 2022 | SUBMIT BY JUNE 1, 2022
"Turn the HEARTS OF THE CHILDREN to their fathers..."
Genealogy, temple work, and record keeping are more than mere boxes to check—they help us understand, connect with, and serve generations past, preserve the ways and knowledge of the present, and prepare posterity in the future. By participating in the generational work of family history, we become the thread that connects our ancestors to our descendants. Our awareness of the eternities is heightened. Without this precious work, that connection, that understanding, is lost. Other examinations of genealogy, family history, record keeping, and temple work are welcome, as well as artwork, photography, and other design elements which fit the style guide.
SPRING 2023 | SUBMIT BY SEP. 1, 2022
"MINDFUL of every people..."
God knows and loves every single one of His children. He desires happiness, peace, learning, and healing for every nation, race, and gender. He has equipped us all with the gifts of agency, atonement, and revelation for our mortal journey. He guides us collectively and individually, watches over our every step, is hopeful of our success, and mourns our losses. He is ready to comfort and nurture us whenever we need it, and offers limitless mercy and love. We are adored and numbered in His sight.
SUMMER 2023 | SUBMIT BY NOV. 1, 2022
"Humble seekers of HAPPINESS..."
The gifts and joys God has preserved for us are magnificent and many—we need only to look in the right places. As we seek true happiness as God intended, we find eternal truths. The more we explore and develop a testimony of God’s love and laws, the more “exceeding joy” we experience. The world promises pleasures like wealth, status, success, notoriety, and relationships lacking bond or commitment. The lasting happiness we gain from following the gospel–forever families, redemption through the Atonement, measureless treasures in Heaven, and security in our divine nature–is our birthright as children of the Father.
Every issue is given a theme usually inspired by a verse of scripture. While we appreciate submissions with one of our upcoming themes in mind, we also accept general submissions. Keep in mind we may delay publishing your piece if we feel it fits best with a later theme. Find more details about our upcoming themes below.
We will also place accepted work in one of five sections: For God, For Me, For Us, For Family, or For Community. If you have a preference for where you piece will live, please make note of that in the form.
We accept a variety of written and visual work, including poetry, personal essays, informational articles, experiences, photography, and art that relate to our issue theme. Generally, our articles run 300-1000 words, although we may make exceptions for outstanding work.
We are looking for original, unpublished work. This includes work published on personal blogs and social media. However, if you have previously written or created a piece that you feel strongly would fit the given theme and add great value to the issue, we are open to reviewing it!
Please submit all written work as a Google Doc or Word document. Artwork may be submitted as .pdf, jpeg, or .png no larger than 25MB. Please submit files titled as follows [Name_Title_SeasonYear].
Your piece may require editing for length or clarity. Edits will be done in Google Docs and will need to be returned within one week after receiving them.
We will only publish work that is consistent with the standards and teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We will not publish work that features profanity, disrespect to Church leaders, etc.
If you have a specific theme in mind, take note of the submission deadlines for each issue. We will respond to all submitters. Please allow up to six months for a response.
Accepted submissions receive compensation and a complimentary copy of the Collective. Editorial and artistic submissions are compensated for. If you have any additional questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I’m not a writer but I have a great story. Should I still submit?
YES! If your story resonates with our editorial team, we can work with you to shape your piece into a strong article.
Can I submit to more than one issue?
Feel free to submit to multiple themes. Bear in mind that we do like to feature a variety of voices, so if you had a piece chosen for the last issue, we might not use your work in the issue immediately following.
I have an article idea but it doesn’t fit with any of your themes. Should I still submit?
Yes! There is an option on our submissions form to submit under “General.” When you submit to General Submissions, we take note of your work and its themes and look for an issue where we think it will flow well with our content.