Contest: Starting a New Dialogue

Readers of Dialogue know how indispensable it is. Dialogue represents the best of independent Mormon thought available today. The product of a rich spiritual and intellectual heritage, today’s Dialogue is an immensely valuable tool in promoting interesting conversations and in fostering a thoughtful LDS community. I firmly believe that without Dialogue, sites like BCC would probably not exist today. And now, with some elbow grease on your part, you can win a subscription for yourself.

In the comments below, leave your reasons why you want to read Dialogue and why you deserve to win a one-year subscription. Contest is open to new subscribers only. After a week, the winner will be selected by the Editor-in-Chief, our own Kristine Haglund. We look forward to hearing from the new Dialogue reader as the year goes on; we may solicit guest posts from the contest winner about her or his experience with each issue. Be thoughtful in your entries, and remember — poise counts!

To those who have let their subscriptions lapse, now is an excellent time to return to the journal. And to current subscribers, THANK YOU! Without your donations and support, the journal could not exist.


  1. A side question: is there a way to donate via PayPal? I have $10 sitting in a PayPal account that I’d be happy to kick over to Dialogue (yeah, I know — not big bucks, but it’s what I have to work with at the moment).

  2. .

    [Offtopic: I just went to give a small donation to Dialogue, but they don’t take PayPal. Suggestion: Take PayPal.]

    Yes, I’m afraid I must admit I have never subscribed to Dialogue. For budgetary reasons I only subscribe to two journal or lit mags at a time and currently I’m getting (the much cheaper) Irreantum and One Story.

    I do read Dialogue when I have the chance. My most recent issue is last summer’s in which a piece of my fiction appeared. I enjoyed the issue entire, however, and have been regularly sharing FunFacts about Mormons and modesty since.

    Since I’m first, my comment should be simple to make one-upping it a simple matter. So let’s leave it at this: I’m a Mormon who enjoys Dialogue and engages with it in nonsubscriptive ways (old articles online, reading from my DVD of old issues, submitting work) and would like to take our relationship to the next level. If you know what I mean.

  3. .

    Sheesh, William. Way to devalue my entire comment.

  4. Kristine says:

    Wm, a paypal option is in the works. And it’s kind of like NPR–we are thrilled for your participation at any level you choose. Alas, I cannot come up with any fundraising spots as clever as Ira Glass’. (Also, I do not remember the correct way to make a possessive for a word that ends in double s).

  5. Err… it’s printed copy right?

    So I can make judgemental comments about jack mormons from the comfort of my bathroom when I’m away from the pc?

    BTW, the handful or articles I’ve read from there were very enlightening, and clearly well researched and thought out.

  6. If I were to win a subscription, I would probably hang around the blogs less often. This should be given serious consideration. Also, once I got started reading it, I probably would not stop.

  7. Gilgamesh says:

    Dialogue – Like crack in book form.

  8. I’ve always wanted to subscribe to Dialogue, Sunstone, and Irreantum, but I have $0. If I won the subscription, I would still have $0, but I would also have a subscription to Dialogue.

  9. I’ve been trying for some time now to convince myself that reading whatever interests me at moment counts as “daily scripture study”, even if I do not crack the standard works for weeks at a time. A subscription to Dialogue would get me that much closer to my delusional goal.

  10. Kristine says:

    Cort, many Dialogue articles are loosely based on scripture. And many are mingled with scripture. ;)

  11. So far the entries have not been impressive.

  12. Excellent. Thanks, Kristine. It’s not that I’m unwilling to fork over credit card details — it’s just how I manage my Mormon Studies spending.

  13. Susan, I think you just clinched it!!

  14. Am I excluded from competing because I work here?

  15. Don’t be silly, Scott, there are tons of reasons to exclude you.

  16. Kevin Barney says:

    I’m a subscriber and so ineligible, but for a little inspiration here’s an essay I wrote recounting my experience with Dialogue:

  17. Right, MCQ, but it’s the principle of the matter I’m concerned with.

  18. My parents subscribed to Dialogue for years and still have copies lining their bookshelves. Now that I’m married and have my own home, I’d like to subscribe to Dialogue to continue the tradition of independent thought in my own home, and to introduce these kinds of things to my husband.

  19. After RAF’s last post, I cannot in good conscience compete. I will simply donate. I must. I want to be a good Mormon.

  20. LDS Missionary T-Shirts - Mission-Wear says:

    Will Dialogue be available in the UK?

  21. My conservative orthodox LDS parents might not approve of a subscription to Dialogue.

  22. kristine says:

    Dialogue is available internationally.
    And Paypal’s up, if anyone wants to try it out.

  23. kristine says:

    Danithew, imagine how _my_ parents feel!

  24. stanley says:


    i have just finished a 10 year stint of bishop & 1st couns duties. My body is soft and my brain is mush. (which may be an indication i did it wrong…). I have joined a gym and tennis league but need to read something without the logo. Dialogue would be a great start. While a selfish entry to be sure (and not very impressive) I have the time to read and would be willing to report my mind (and soul)expanding experiences.

    By the way, if have been watching and listening from the BCC foyer for the past year. I enjoy the site and the portal to other intersting things. I’ve never commented anywhere before and here i am, coming out of lurkdom, at a chance for something free. pathetic.

    Stanley (only because there are so many others named Chris)

  25. stanley says:

    I just looked at the Dialogue site. what a great price and i am even more pathetic than i thought. i will subscribe and please take my name out of the free subscription hat. in fact, you would do me a big favor if you just cut my prior comment out. thanks

  26. Well, when I used to live in Utah, I never felt the need to subscribe, as I usually ended up hanging out at Sam Weller’s at least once every month, so I bought lots of copies in the 80’s at full newsstand price.

    When I moved here to the Seattle area, at first the mortgage overwhelmed me, then I got busy, and then I got lazy. After Kristine’s post about the changes to Dialogue here a week or two ago, I was going to subscribe for the first time. Now it appears that I might have a slight chance to win a free subscription, so I’m holding out for a while.

    On the other hand, being a Democrat doesn’t have quite as much radical street cred in my ward as it used to, so being seen with a copy of Dialogue just might get those horrified looks back. So if I don’t win, I’ll be subscribing anyway, I suspect, along with dropping phrases like “social democracy” and “social justice”. Not to mention using my copies of Glenn Beck’s books for kindling at the ward campout this summer.

    Oh, yeah, and I do kind of like reading the great articles and essays.

  27. California Condor says:

    What’s more prestigious, Sunstone or Dialogue?

  28. PayPal works.

  29. Craig M. says:

    I have been lurking on the Bloggernacle for a couple of years now, making very few comments – mainly because I feel like I am too far behind on my LDS-related studies to make a contribution. I’ve been trying to play catch-up, but jumping into the newest issues of Dialogue would probably do the trick better.

  30. Persecuted Mormon says:

    I have a guilty pleasure; I like to make my orthodox in-laws squirm by discussing the “out there” things I read on these radical Mormon blogs. With a subscription to Dialogue, I can take this indulgence to new heights.

    Dialogue, making in-laws uncomfortable since 1966.

  31. laurenlou says:

    Dear Dialogue,

    Please make my Christmas wishes come true. I’m so young and full of promise–but I’m afflicted. This affliction has depleted my already meager resources and thrown me into thousands of dollars of debt. Once I recover, I can only hope to find a job to repay my debt, though jobs are few and far between. This affliction has simultaneously given me both superiority and inferiority complexes, and drastically changed the way I see the world forever.

    As you can imagine, my prognosis isn’t good. Yet when I asked for a Dialogue subscription for Christmas last year, my parents refused, fearing the lessons I’d learn therein would only lead me further down the paths of heterodoxy while I’m in this weakened condition.

    Please, Dialogue, make this poor grad student’s dreams come true. Restore my faith in a Christmas in June miracle.

  32. There’s nothing like a chance to get something free to induce my first post at BCC; I’ve been a lurker for about 2 years, but never commented. I’ve considered subscribing to Dialogue for about as long, but I’ve been kept busy reading JMH (going on my 2nd year) and UHQ (on my 4th year). I actually read every issue cover to cover; they don’t move from my bedside table to the bookshelf until I do. If I win, I’ll have to find a way to squeeze Dialogue into the rotation too.

    I’ve wanted to get Dialogue and BYU Studies (can I say that here?), but then I would never have time to read any books. I’m currently reading Schindler’s Rockwell bio (fasinating) and just finished Klaus Hansen’s Quest for Empire (I still can’t get over that I paid 50 bucks for that one — highly speculative and a bit out of date).

    Whether I win or not, thanks anyway for making the archives more easily accessible so I can cherry-pick old articles.

  33. My wife controls the checkbook. For my recent 50th birthday, she was going to throw me a huge party, but at the last minute realized we couldn’t afford to rent me any friends. So, I got a cupcake.

    At least with a Dialogue subscription I’d have a reason to not dwell on the fact that no one really wants to hang around me….

    (does that sound like it’s too much of a victim mentality, or is it just about right to win?)

  34. Writing doesn’t come naturally to me, yet I wish it did. For I find that deep inside lie thoughts and feelings there imprisoned, unable to fly or even crawl; weighed down.
    My patience in writing wanes and waxes,
    But in typing out the briefest, weakest phrase
    The prison wall is ruined by the Muse
    Who releases my ideas, raw, unformed,
    And nurtures them in realtime while I watch
    Amazed at what comes out, and ever surprised:
    A piece of me removed? Yet I feel no loss.
    I am larger than before, and not diminished.
    My hesitation lost, the hours sneak past unseen.
    Impatience yields to creativity.
    The moment passes. Back to mortal time.
    I know the Muse will come again to me.


    If I win a Dialogue subscription I can be exposed to the high-quality poetry, fiction, and essays that I want to ingest and emulate.

  35. This is a tricky assignment because any reasons I give for why I want to read Dialogue are rendered a little hollow by the fact I am not already a subscriber. Nevertheless, I will make the attempt.

    I grew up in the UK where much I my thinking relative to all things Mormon was shaped by the CES and the correlation committee. But post mission I studied at BYU for a number of years. For the first time I was exposed to Dialogue, Sunstone, JMH, etc. I spent many happy hours in the HBLL digging through old and new journals. Much of what I read challenged a lot of the preconceptions I had about my faith. I can honestly say that much of what I think and believe about the Church and our history and culture has been shaped, at least in part, by Dialogue.

    About 3 years ago I returned to the UK and I have tried to remain exposed to new and independent thinking, primarily via the internet. But there is nothing to compare with the act of physically holding in your hands and reading from a book or journal. For that reason just last month I signed up for the free issue of Dialogue for new readers.

    But I genuinely believe in the mission of Dialogue and after so many years of benefiting from Dialogue for free I privately pledged that after receiving a free copy I would sign up for at least a 1 year subscription. But should my 1 free copy be extended to a year’s free subscription, I publicly pledge that afterwards I will sign up for at least a 2 year subscription. Furthermore, I will keep my copy of Dialogue in a prominent place within my home. To anyone who shows a passing interest I will offer them a copy from my soon-to-be growing collection and point them in the direction of the new website.

    So basically, if I win the year’s free subscription I’m offering my services as a Dialogue missionary here in the UK for the next 3 years.

  36. Aaron R. says:

    gomez, can Priesthood leaders own dialogue, I thought it was a sin?

  37. I must have missed that memo. However, offering to proselytize for Dialogue in order to get a free subscription probably borders on priestcraft.

  38. Aaron R. says:

    Priestcraft of the worst kind.

    Unfortunately as an electronic subscriber I will have to use less subtle methods, unless of course I come round one day and notice the conspicuously placed dialogue and demonstrate my interest in order to steal you copy (with your permission) and then use it in my flat/ward library.

    To be honest though, I just don’t think most people even know this stuff exists. I spoke to a friend the other in SLC and he had never heard of Sunstone. If they don’t know how are people from the UK ever gonna find out?

  39. I agree that most people in the UK will never have even heard of Dialogue, which should make my offer all the more attractive!

  40. Aaron R. says:

    Your certainly building a strong case. I would give it to you.

  41. Craig M. says:

    Want it so bad I remembered when the contest was over to come back and see if I got it!

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