Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Segullah Kind of Day

Yesterday the mailman brought me a special treat, one that I've been waiting for for over a year: two complimentary copies of Segullah's Anniversary issue, dedicated to marriage, and containing my article!

Last year, you may remember, I wrote a blog post about my 4th wedding anniversary. A reader, Terresa, whose blog, The Chocolate Chip Waffle, I stalk, left me a comment suggesting that I think of working it up for Segullah's deadline. Segullah is a literary journal expressing the voices of Latter-day Saint women, and it's always been this pie-in-the-sky dream of mine to be published by them. The caliber of writers and talent, however, always left me feeling like maybe I should not get my hopes up. For some reason, however, when Terresa left me that comment, it bolstered my confidence enough that I expanded my silly post into a full-length article and submitted it.

What a trip to hear back from an editor that they wanted to include it! Now, it's true that it could have been that there weren't a whole lot of twice-married LDS women still screwing things up and willing to write about it, but either way, I was in, and I was thrilled! I've been published elsewhere, but this was a new experience, working on three different editorial drafts for several months. The finished product makes me feel so proud, though. The fine editors at Segullah helped me refine and polish my voice. And now, I hold that issue in my hands!

It's great reading, not just my piece. Mormon women are awesome, and definitely not all the same. All different experiences in love and marriage--and sometimes singlehood--all filtered through the lens of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I was up way too late reading the other articles and poems included. I feel like one lucky little girl in the cool kids' club.

Segullah has an outstanding blog, if you'd like a taste. Cjane (you know the one) writes for Segullah from time to time, which is how I first heard of them. They've also published several anthology volumes which are outstanding. You can go and check them out on their website.

In the meantime, today I bask in the honor that is being published. I'm even going to figure out how to slap a Segullah tag on my sidebar to make it official. And Terresa! Thanks for the vote of confidence!

7 comments:

Cynthia said...

That IS a huge honor! Congratulations to you. Very impressed!

Terresa said...

I had no idea you acted on my suggestion! So glad you did! You are awesome in every way!!! :)

PS: I'm currently editing an essay of mine for Segullah's Spring 2011 issue! Segullah rocks!!!

Don said...

WooHoo! Congratulations, Jenna. That is awesome!

cozzmesteph said...

Congratulations! I'm not surprised - I lurk on your blog and love your "voice" and what you say here.

Now I'm going to read your links....

Alejandra said...

Felicitaciones! You are amazing, I love reading all you write, you can do whatever you set your mind too, Congrats my friend!

Andrea said...

That's awesome. You are a great writer, and I'm glad that is recognized.

Anonymous said...

Yay! Congratulations! You are a great writer and every time you get published I do a happy dance in your honor.