Freelance/Contract Writers

  • Calumet City, IL
  • Contract

Company Description

UMI is the largest independent African American religious publisher.  Founded in 1970, UMI was the first company to create contextual resources for African American churches and denominations, and has thousands of church customers.  UMI books, magazines, video, and children’s resources have been used by millions and the company is the publishing partner for many African American denominations.  UMI has published books by leading pastors and many others in our community, and has been a publishing and distribution partner with many other publishers.  We are headquartered in the Chicago area, just 35 minutes from downtown, in a 50,000 square foot facility uniquely built for us in a modern, suburban office park environment convenient to shopping, restaurants, and several upscale diverse communities in the South suburbs.

Job Description

UMI is looking for freelance and contract writing talent to join our team! These roles will touch one or more of our organization’s branded publications and digital products. Aside from meeting all deadlines, responsibilities may include overseeing product development from conception through finished product, managing the support group (writers, graphic designers) assigned to the publication(s), and completing all necessary paperwork relating to the development of the publication(s).


  • Must have an excellent command of the English Language, including: grammatical skills, vocabulary, punctuation, sentence structure, writing, researching, and organizing ideas
  • Some years of training either from seminary, church-affiliated school, etc. is preferred
  • Must have writing experience—which may be proven through course/school papers, published works, etc.

Additional Information


Please submit a cover letter, resume, and 3-5 print samples, or a link to your portfolio, blog, or any other online presence. If you don't have links or are unable to attach your samples to your resume, please state the names of the articles and the where/when they were published. In addition, if called for an interview, printed samples may be desired.