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2013 Magazine Editors

Oregon Christian Writers is honored to welcome the following magazine and newspaper editors to 2013 summer conference.

If you want to expand your reader-circle, think seriously about submitting to periodical editors. Whether you are writing fiction or nonfiction, turn your research into an article. Writing for magazines or e-zines gives you publishing experience and a wider (often much wider) audience than a book will—and more immediate compensation. Also, as your career progresses, you can market your books through your bio printed at the end of articles. It’s a great way to build those bylines. Editors and agents love to find writers with exposure!

(Note: Not all of these are paying markets.)

Remember: Bring extra articles/pitches to the conference and sign up for on-the-spot meetings with these editors in the Writing Center.

Review each editor’s preferences and what they’re looking for, note:

• Magazine and newspaper editors may accept articles or devotionals through the conference manuscript submissions program. Check for general submission guidelines and how to submit articles (must be postmarked by July 27).
• Some will review submissions only at the conference.


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Editor Christian News Northwest

Workshop: Working with—and Perhaps Even for—Your Local News Media and Beyond (Panel)
Writing Center (Tuesday only)

John Fortmeyer, of Newberg, is the publisher of Christian News Northwest, a 28,500-circulation monthly newspaper he founded 15 years ago. The newspaper is available at about 1,700 locations in western and central Oregon and southwest Washington. John has 32 years of experience in newspaper work in Oregon and Washington, having worked earlier for dailies and weeklies in Ontario, Astoria, Portland, and Anacortes.

He also worked for seven years as director of public information at George Fox University in Newberg. A native of Seattle and graduate of Nathan Hale High School, he received a bachelor’s degree in communications in 1977 from Seattle Pacific University, where he was editor of the campus newspaper. He and his wife, Sandy, have four grown children and four grandchildren.

Christian News Northwest serves the evangelical Christian community in western and central Oregon and southwest Washington. As the name implies, it has a strong focus on ministry-related news in our part of the Pacific Northwest.

Christian News Northwest welcomes submissions of news articles pertaining to Christian outreach in the region served. Because space is limited, articles should be concise and follow standard journalistic style. As a small, monthly publication, Christian News Northwest is not currently able to pay for stories submitted and published.

CNNW also welcomes expressions of opinion as submitted in letters to the editor or in special one-time commentaries. Letters should be written concisely and are subject to editing for brevity, clarity, legality, and taste. Letters should be issue-oriented and should avoid personal attacks on individuals or groups. Special commentaries should be pertinent to ministry concerns in the Northwest—top priority is given to writers living in Oregon and Washington. Commentaries should be approximately 700 words in length.

Christian News Northwest does not accept poetry submissions.

John will review articles only through the manuscript submissions program.

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Author Representative Christian Light Organization

Writing Center

Mary A. Hake, a freelance writer, editor, and researcher, is the Teaching Coordinator for the conference. She has hundreds of published pieces, including articles, stories, devotions, poetry, puzzles, curricula, and activities for both children and adults in books and periodicals, including many for Christian Light. Mary has taught writing to students in grades 2–12 and at writers’ conferences. She has been part of OCW for more than 27 years and has helped with many summer conferences in addition to serving five years as president and seven years as program coordinator for OCW’s three annual one-day conferences. She has been married to Ted for 40 years (in June). They have two grown daughters, both teachers. Mary also serves as chair of her local Library Advisory Board and fills in at the library as needed. They are busy raising funding to keep the community library open. (Tax deductible donations are gladly accepted.)

Christian Light Publications is looking for material for:

Story Mates (for ages 4 to 8) and Partners (for ages 9 to 14).

Christian Light story papers are published to foster reverence for God as Father and Creator and appreciation for His plan of salvation. They present God’s Word as Truth to trust and obey, and warn of the dangers and deceptions of the world. They are to build conviction and Christian character and to promote godly living. They should impress readers with the joy of serving Christ. Their purpose is edification, not entertainment, for a conservative Mennonite audience. They use KJV only. Theme lists are available for each quarter to accompany the Sunday school lessons. New writers must fill out a questionnaire before submitting to CLP. Extensive guidelines are available. Submit stories (up to 800 words for Story Mates and 1,600 words for Partners), rebuses, articles, poems, and activities to Mary Hake for review at the conference.

Mary is unable to acquire, but can advise writers if their material is appropriate for CLP.

Mary will review any types of manuscripts for children’s papers at the conference.

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Associate Editor The Upper Room
Website: The Upper Room

Workshop: It’s All About Style
Workshop: Turning Personal Experience into a Devotional Message
Writing Center

Susan King, associate editor of The Upper Room devotional magazine, also teaches English at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, and functions as a seminar facilitator in leadership and group dynamics. Formerly, she taught English and feature-writing classes at Biola University, served as book editor and radio-program producer/on-air talent for The Institute of Scriptural Psychology, and wrote magazine features as a freelance writer. Susan and husband, Joe, have three grown children and two young grandchildren (both perfect, of course!).


The Upper Room is looking for:

Devotionals of no more than 300 words and should be double-spaced. Each author may submit up to three devotionals at a time. No proposals or queries.

 Susan will review devotionals through the manuscript submissions program. Check specifications above.

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Coaching Class: Get Published Fast: The Art to Writing Great Magazine and Online Articles
Workshop: Regifting Your Writing
Writing Center

Ginger Kolbaba served as editor of Today’s Christian Woman,, and women’s resources for Christianity Today from 2008–2013. In Christian publishing for 17 years, she is the former founding editor of the award-winning and Marriage Partnership magazine. An accomplished book author, Ginger has written or contributed to more than 20 books, including the novel Desperate Pastors’ Wives. Ginger also teaches and speaks across the country. She has appeared on national venues such as CNN’s Nancy Grace and Court TV’s Catherine Crier Live, as well as Family Life Radio and Moody Radio’s Midday Connection. Connect with Ginger through Twitter @gingerkolbaba,, or

Today’s Christian Woman is looking for:

Crisp, honest writing about subjects that matter to women. TCW is also looking for stories of women making a difference in their communities and world.

Ginger will be acquiring magazine and web articles for parents and teens for a Christian publishing house at the conference.

Ginger will review articles and manuscripts at the conference.


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Associate Editor Bible Advocate, Now What? e-zine
Website: Bible Advocate

Workshop: Using Negative Experiences for Positive Impact
Writing Center

Sherri Langton, associate editor of Bible Advocate magazine and of Now What? e-zine, has worked in Christian publishing for more than 20 years. She is also an award-winning freelance writer whose work has appeared in various Focus on the Family magazines, In Touch, Upper Room, Marriage Partnership, Today’s Christian Woman, Decision, and other publications. Sherri has contributed poetry and articles to the collections My Turn to Care, Teatime Stories for Women, Becoming a Godly Man, Faces of Faith, and Chicken Soup for the Soul in Menopause. In addition, she teaches workshops at several Christian writers’ conferences. Sherri lives in Denver, Colorado, where she enjoys playing drums and percussion at her church and playing with her two great-nieces, Tori and Teresa.

Now What? is looking for:

Articles that address the “felt needs” of the unchurched (grief, depression, sickness, etc.). Each issue is built around a personal experience, with articles related to the topic. Personal experiences show a person’s struggle that either led to faith in Christ or deepened faith in God. No opinion pieces or poetry.

Bible Advocate is looking for:

Anything in the Bible, of the Bible, and for the Bible is welcomed, but we also want writers to share what God is doing in their lives that may not fit exactly with our themes. Bible Advocate exists to advocate the Bible and correct our illiteracy concerning it. We use a teaching article format, but also accept personal experience stories and poetry. No Christmas or Easter pieces, please.

**November/December 2013 Issue: Thanksgiving, Bible prophecy, and end times. Deadline is August, 31, 2013.

Sherri will review through the manuscript submissions program.

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Editor The Christian Journal

Workshop: Working with—and Perhaps Even for—Your Local News Media and Beyond (Panel)
Writing Center: Faith-based articles

Chad McComas has been the editor of The Christian Journal for the past eight years. He is also founding pastor for Set Free Christian Fellowship in Medford. He has been married for more than 32 years to Debi and they have two children. Chad feels it is a privilege to serve the southern Oregon and northern California community through the pages of The Christian Journal with articles and stories of inspiration and encouragement. The Christian Journal also has a Christian business directory. Chad serves as the board chair for two nonprofit organizations in Medford: Rogue Retreat, which provides affordable housing for the homeless, and DASIL, which serves the disabled population in Jackson County. He also sits on the board for Interfaith Care Community, which provides social services for the community and transitional housing for veterans.

The Christian Journal is looking for:

Short (500 word) articles that are meant to encourage, inspire, and build up readers in their walk with God. It accepts testimonies and devotionals, but asks that these be written in first person (no preaching). Their monthly theme can be found on the website. Writers who write to that theme will be considered first.

Chad will review articles through the manuscript submissions program.

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Director of Editorial Services Gospel Publishing House
Website: Radiant Life

Workshop: Reaching without Preaching: The Power of Story

Writing Center

Paul W. Smith is the director of editorial services for Gospel Publishing House in Springfield, Missouri. He and his staff provide editorial services for publications such as brochures, books, and everything in between. For 17 years, he had direct editorial oversight of Radiant Life adult and young adult Sunday school curricula as well as LIVE, a take-home paper for adults. He continues to edit God’s Word for Today, a daily devotional for adults. Paul is an ordained minister and the author of many articles and several correspondence courses, including a college-level theology course.

LIVE is looking for:

Personal experience short stories (maximum 1,100 words) that show how God works in the everyday world of people.

Not looking for: book manuscripts.

Paul will review articles through the manuscript submissions program and also at the conference.

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Editor Splickety Publishing Group

Flash Fiction: Workshop
Selling Yourself: Workshop
Writing Center

In seventh grade Ben Wolf saw the movie Congo on TV. It was so bad that he wrote a parody of it set in Australia and featured murderous kangaroos instead of gorillas. So began his writing career. As someone who knows how hectic life can get, Ben founded Splickety Publishing Group to meet the needs of busy folks like him—people who appreciate great fiction but don’t have a lot of time to read. Splickety publishes the world’s best flash fiction. Ben has written five (unpublished) action/adventure novels and has multiple other projects in the works. He is represented by The Seymour Agency.

In addition to his writing career, Ben offers a variety of professional services to aspiring writers, including editing, proofreading, ghostwriting, and strategic novel planning. He also teaches and mentors one-on-one in the areas of public speaking, writing, publishing, and flash fiction. For more information about his writing and his professional services, please email him at You can “like” Ben Wolf’s author page on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.

Splickety Publishing Group is always looking for compelling flash fiction stories in the following genres:

  • – Speculative (and all of its subgenres)
  • – Historical
  • – Romance (and most of its subgenres)
  • – Young Adult
  • – Contemporary
  • – Women’s Fiction
  • – Action Adventure
  • – Thriller
  • – Suspense
  • – Mystery

. . . or any combination of those things listed above.

We do NOT accept:

  • Previously published flash fiction
  • Scenes/excerpts/synopses from novels
  • Excessive violence, profanity, or erotica in any form. Splickety publishes from an open-minded worldview, but we do have our limits.

Conversely, we don’t want thinly-veiled stories that preach from a soapbox. We also don’t really have a need or a venue for children’s or middle-grade fiction at this time, as our magazines cater mostly to adults but would also appeal to young adults.

Your well-edited story should be between 500 and 1,000 words long, but we will also entertain micro fiction––works shorter than 500 words––if the story is especially gripping.

For more information on how to write for Splickety, subscribe to or advertise in Splickety’s magazines, or to read our blog, visit

Ben will meet with authors in the Writing Center on Tuesday and Wednesday.






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