2014 Magazine/Newspaper Editors

Magazine and Newspaper Editors

If you want to expand your reader-circle, think seriously about submitting to periodical editors. Whether you are writing fiction or nonfiction, you could turn your research into an article or a devotional. 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 with the 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 the editors’ preferences and what they’re looking for. Note: Magazine and newspaper editors may accept articles or devotionals through the conference Manuscript Submission Program. (link to manuscript submissions).

Some will review submissions only at the conference.

John Fortmeyer – www.cnnw.com

  • Writing Center (Tuesday only)

fortmeyerjJohn Fortmeyer, of Newberg, is the publisher of Christian News Northwest, a 28,500-circulation monthly newspaper he founded 16 years ago. The newspaper is available at about 1,700 locations in western and central Oregon and southwest Washington. John has 33 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 was the director of public information at George Fox University for seven years. A native of Seattle, 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.

As the name implies, Christian News Northwest 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, CNNW is presently unable to pay for stories.

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.

CNNW does not accept poetry submissions.

John will review articles only through the Manuscript Submission Program.

Susan King – www.upperroom.org

  • Coaching Class: Writing Great DevotionalsOr How to Write Well in Any Genre
  • Magazine Panel
  • Writing Center

kingsSusan 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 small grandchildren (both perfect, of course).

The Upper Room is looking for:

Devotionals of no more than 300 words, which 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 Submission Program.

Sherri Langton – http://baonline.org/

  • Workshop: Three Puzzles of Periodicals
  • Magazine Panel
  • Writing Center

langtonsSherri 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 Focus on the Family, In Touch, The 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.

Bible Advocate is looking for:

Articles on their theme for 2014, “What the Bible says about God’s glory: The kingdom, the power, and the glory are His forever!” Deadline is August 30, 2014, so Sherri can review manuscripts for this theme at the conference. Also open to other topics, but preference is given to theme-related articles.

Now What? is looking for:

Personal experiences dealing with a crisis that either led the person to Christ or deepened his/her faith in God. Overworked topics include miscarriages, death of a spouse, and eating disorders.

Sherri will review through the Manuscript Submission Program.

Chad McComas, The Christian Journal – 

  • Magazine Panel
  • Writing Center

mccomaschadChad McComas has been the editor of The Christian Journal for the past nine years. He is also founding pastor for Set Free Christian Fellowship in Medford. He has been married to Debi for more than 33 years 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 of the Interfaith Care Community, which provides social services for the community and transitional housing for veterans.

The Christian Journal needs short articles related to its monthly theme (see the theme list on the website) or articles of encouragement, inspiration, devotional, Christian living, and faith, and real stories of God’s work in lives. Chad is willing to look over articles written for publication in other magazines, newspapers, and websites. Personal testimonies are always welcome. Theme articles get first choice.

Chad will review articles through the Manuscript Submission Program.


Children’s Magazine Editors and Reps

Mary Hake – www.clp.org (Mary is a Christian Light Publications author representative.)

  • Magazine Panel
  • Writing Center

hakemaryMary A. Hake, a freelance writer, editor, and library director, 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 as OCW president for five years and seven years as program coordinator for OCW’s three annual one-day conferences. She and her husband, Ted, celebrate their 41st anniversary this year. They have two grown daughters, both teachers. Mary has been helping with fund-raising efforts to keep their rural community library from closing.


Christian Light Publications, a Conservative Mennonite publisher, 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. They use KJV only. Theme lists are available for each quarter to accompany the Sunday School lessons. New writers must fill out a personal 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 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 Sunday School papers at the conference.

James Holt, Focus on the Family – www.clubhousemagazine.com/clubjr

  • Workshop: Quality-Test Your Content for Children
  • Magazine Panel
  • Writing Center


James Holt received his Bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations from Colorado State University in 2008. He then spent two years in South America garnering support for the International Mission Board by interviewing missionaries and writing stories about their work in the field. After returning to the States, he joined Focus on the Family’s Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. magazines, for which he writes, edits, and reviews submissions. In his free time, James enjoys blogging about the Bible, volunteering with the youth at his church, and hiking in the Rocky Mountains with his wife, Ashley.

Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse Magazine (written for ages 8 to 12) and Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr. Magazine (written for ages 3 to 7) are currently seeking:

  • Fiction stories for children, built on Christian themes (800–1,600 words)
  • Concise nonfiction stories for children about science, nature, or heroes of the faith Especially interested in profile pieces about children serving others (400-800 words)
  • Imaginative devotionals (Clubhouse) or retellings of Bible stories (Clubhouse Jr.) for children (400–800 words)
  • Quizzes with a point for Clubhouse (400 words)
  • Rebus stories that replace several repeated words with pictures of objects for Clubhouse Jr. (200 words)
  • Unique crafts and recipes (300 words)

James will review articles through the Manuscript Submission Program.

Ben Wolf – http://www.splicketypubgroup.com

  • Flash Fiction: Workshop
  • Selling Yourself: Workshop
  • Writing Center

Ben Headshot - PrimaryIn 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 1benwolf@gmail.com. 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 http://www.splicketypubgroup.com.

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







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