Submitting Manuscripts

Manuscripts may be submitted any of three ways:

1. Email your work formatted: Sibelius 4 or earlier, Finale 2010 or earlier, or .pdf to [email protected]
2. Fax your manuscript to (801) 225-0851.
3. Mail a paper copy of your work (with a self-addressed stamped envelope for return) to:

Editorial Board
Jackman Music Corporation
P.O. Box 1900
Orem, UT 84059-1900

Current needs and deadlines:

• Christmas music — April 21st
• Easter music — September 1st
• Piano solo books and sheet music — February 1st
• Instrumental solos and ensembles — all year round

Submission checklist:

• Clear all rights (receive written permission) for any outside copyright use before submitting.
• Follow our list of current needs and deadlines.

Hints to successful submissions:

Lyrics written in first person are far more powerful than in sermon style.
For example, rather than “Go ye forth…” use “I will go forth…” Rather than
“Hearken and obey…” use “I will obey…” etc.

Powerful hymn arrangements lie in at least 50% original melody.
An hymn arrangement whose distinction lies only in voicing, key changes, and accompaniment texture is not perceived by the public as being original. It must contain at least 50% original melody. Consider J. S. Bach’s hymn arrangements “Jesus, Joy of Man’s Desiring” as an example. It is Bach’s flowing melodic setting which instills life in this arrangement—still recorded again and again after 286 years.

• Arrangements of “Come Come Ye Saints” and “Oh How Lovely Was the Morning” (Joseph Smith’s First Prayer) are no longer needed. You are welcome to browse our catalog for other previously published arrangements.

• Jackman publishes primarily for ward choir and families. Choral works should be for SAB, SATB, SSA, or TTBB, with warm and rich, rather than austere, harmony. Ward choir budgets are woefully small; they must consider carefully how they spend their funds. Consider what your ward choir is actually singing and create practical pieces that would fit into a ward choir setting.

• Have your ward choir rehearse and perform each work you write, and you will see the realities of choir music in the Church. Write for the simplest of Saints using your most worthy art. Please refrain from writing commandments and sermons. Instead, create music that quiets the heart, that comforts, that inspires us to repent and change our lives. Write about the Savior and His teachings. Tell us how you feel about Him in your music.