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.
[UPDATE in May 2017] For a long time, my take-home paper story, Grace for a Sleepover (extending grace to others was the theme), was included as a story sample on the UGP website. However, early this year the company rolled out big changes in their publications, one being that stories for their new take-home papers are much shorter. Thus, my story is no longer the example, so the link I used to have here is no longer found.
For info on becoming a writer for Union Gospel Press, which includes a downloadable pdf form for those who are interested in writing for them, can be found here: