Union Gospel Press

In 2002, several writer-friends who were writing for Union Gospel Press encouraged me to apply to do freelance writing for them. This press publishes conservative, KJV-only stories, essays, lessons, activities, and poetry for church use. To write for them, you do not submit samples. Instead, you express your interest in writing for them, and they in turn send you samples of their publications as well as a long form that you will fill out and return, hoping that your beliefs and background, in addition to your preferred type of writing, match up with what they need. If they do, they will send you an assignment, for which you will write a sample and return. From that, they will decide whether they want you to complete the assignment.

After I applied, they sent me an assignment for thirteen stories for a children’s Sunday school take-home paper quarterly. I can’t remember now whether I was required to write one story or two, but I wrote those and sent them in and waited anxiously. What a thrill I had the moment I ripped open their letter and saw that my work had passed muster, and I could finish the rest of the stories in the assignment! I have been accepting and completing assignments for them ever since, working on two to three a year. In addition to writing for children ages 9-11, I have also written poetry for the “Comfort and Encouragement” section of their quarterly adult Home Study booklets.

One of my friends has written Sunday school lessons and activities, and another wrote essays for the take-home papers.

For an example of a take-home paper story, click here. Grace for a Sleepover is one of mine, with grace being the theme.  (They didn’t include the ending in the example, so let me just assure you that it all works out right in the end! J)

The following info on becoming a writer for Union Gospel Press, for those who are interested, can be found here:

ASSIGNMENT WRITERS NEEDED

Union Gospel Press is looking for talented people who want to glorify the Lord through the written word and hone their writing skills in the process. Various kinds of assignments geared toward all ages are available, including Bible exposition, devotionals, and other features for Sunday school lesson manuals. There are also stories, articles, and activities for take-home papers as well as articles for our quarterly magazine. Specific instructions and pay rates are explained when each assignment is offered.
We have been publishing conservative, nondenominational, and evangelical literature for over one hundred years. Prospective writers may address inquiries to Lawrence Montgomery at theoed@uniongospelpress.com. Be sure to include your mailing address so that we can send you an application and samples of our publications.

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