Anatomy of a Chapter

Each volume of Women of Faith in the Latter Days will comprise a selection of individual 3,500 to 4,000 word chapters. Each chapter will highlight the life of a different woman and feature her narratives of faith as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The following outline describes the possibilities authors may explore in writing for this project.


I. Life Experience

Each chapter should be dedicated to the inspirational, thought-provoking, and poignant life experiences of the subject. It should be story-based and is not a chronology of life events; however, the chapter should include dates of significant events (birth, marriage, death), basic family information (parent’s names, number of children, and so on), some context for her association with the restored gospel, and major life achievements. While use of personal life writings is most desirable (autobiography, diaries, journals, and correspondence), many women did not leave enough autobiographical materials to construct a chapter. In this case, biographical material is acceptable. The following are acceptable formats:

  • Life writings: excerpts of diary, journal, autobiography or correspondence
    Using standard documentary editing procedures, an author may prepare life writings of their subject and present them as the entire chapter. These life writings could either recount a single contiguous event, such as an emigration diary, or the author may select various events from the subject’s entire life.
  • Narration of life event relying on life writings
    An author may also choose to narrate the life events of the subject using extensive quotations from life writings. This may be advisable if the author can add additional context or insight from other sources.
  • Biographical/Contemporary Sources
    If a subject did not leave any life writings, there is still the possibility of elucidating their experiences through contemporary records and biographical stories recorded in other sources. In this case, sources should be considered judiciously and according to standard scholarly methods.


II. Footnotes

  • Please annotate with footnotes.
  • Citations should be made using the Chicago Manual of Style.


III. Photographs

  • Two or more photographs may be published with each chapter. Please submit a good selection of photographs to choose from (five would be ideal.)
  • Photos should be at least 300 dpi. Tif format is preferred, but jpg is acceptable as well.
  • Include copyright or ownership information for each photograph submitted.

*Because we value the historical authenticity of these volumes, we will be source-checking the material in each chapter. Please include digital copies or photocopies of the original sources that you cite and submit them with your chapter.

*Please submit your chapter as a Word document attachment to