2021 Magazine and Newspaper Editors

If you want to expand your reader circle, think seriously about submitting to periodical editors. Whether you write 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! 

Review the editors’ listings to see what they are looking for in order to find the best match for your work. Also note: 

  • Magazine and newspaper editors may review articles and devotionals through the Manuscript Submission Program. See guidelines found on the Manuscript Submission Program page. 
  • Some magazine editors will meet for “cold pitch” appointments (meeting without prior review of writing samples). Editors may invite you to submit articles after the meeting.

Andrew Breeden upperroom.org

Magazine Editor Panel (Tuesday)
Writing Center

Andrew Garland  is acquisitions editor for The Upper Room magazine, the world’s premier daily devotional. He is a graduate of Lipscomb University and Vanderbilt University Divinity School. He lives in Charlotte, Tennessee, a beautiful, rural part of the state. 

The Upper Room is looking for:

Meditations of 250–300 words (including Scripture) that help readers see the connection between Scripture and what God is doing in the writer’s life. They look for three elements in every meditation they publish: 

  1. A personal story
  2. A connection to Scripture
  3. An application or “the takeaway” 

The third element is often missing from submissions they receive. Because of this they sometimes have to decline to publish what is otherwise good writing. So don’t forget this element! Think about what you want the reader to do after reading your meditation. 

The Upper Room is NOT looking for:

Poetry, fiction, cartoons, or humor. And since The Upper Room is translated into more than 30 languages, they cannot publish meditations built on alliteration, puns, hymns, or situations that require extensive explanation for other cultures. They also do not publish meditations that use children as negative examples for doing things children naturally do (e.g., mispronouncing words, misunderstanding, behaving immaturely, etc.).

Andrew will review devotionals through the Manuscript Submission Program.

Kate Jameson – www.ClubhouseMagazine.com

Magazine Editor Panel (Tuesday)
Writing Center

Kate Jameson is the associate editor for Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Jr. Magazine. She has always loved stories and wrote her first one as a first grader. Kate also got involved in theater at a young age. Despite occasionally getting in trouble at school for reading during class, she eventually earned a bachelor’s degree in professional writing from Taylor University. 

Clubhouse Jr. is looking for:

  • Nonfiction nature features that tie animal characteristics to a trait reader can develop
  • Unique Bible stories
  • Crafts, recipes, and activities 
  • Early reader fiction, rebus stories, and poetry 

Word Count – 900 words for fiction; 700 words for nonfiction and Bible stories; 400 words for crafts, recipes, and activities; 200 words for rebus stories; 300 words for poetry.

Clubhouse Magazine is looking for:

  • Devotionals (specifically biblical archeology or apologetics) 
  • Personality features about ordinary kids doing something extraordinary
  • Seasonal crafts and recipes; quizzes that use humor to engage and make a point 

Word Count – 1,000 words for everything except quizzes, crafts, and recipes (500 words).
For fiction, up to 2,000-word stories, so please submit the first 1,000 words.

Clubhouse Jr. is NOT looking for:

  • Devotionals
  • Biographies
  • Stories where adults save the day
  • Serialized work 
  • Puzzles

Clubhouse Magazine is NOT looking for:

  • Contemporary fiction, serialized work, mysteries
  • Poetry 
  • Stories dealing with romantic relationships
  • Bible stories

Kate will meet with authors for cold pitch appointments. 

Sherri Langton – http://baonline.org/

Magazine Editor Panel (Tuesday)
Writing Center 

Sherri Langton, associate editor of Bible Advocate magazine and of Now What? e-zine (nowwhat.cog7.org), has worked in Christian publishing for more than 25 years. She is an award-winning freelance writer whose work has appeared in Focus on the Family, In Touch, The Upper Room, Today’s Christian Woman, Marriage Partnership, Discipleship Journal, Decision, The Quiet Hour, and other publications. Sherri also has contributed to Chicken Soup for the Soul in Menopause, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Parenthood, My Turn to Care, Teatime Stories for Women, Becoming a Godly Man, Faces of Faith, and Hurray God! 

Bible Advocate is looking for: 

Articles and personal experiences centering on their theme list. Some poetry. Preferred word count: 700–1500

Bible Advocate is NOT looking for: 

  • Devotionals
  • Fiction
  • Articles about Christmas or Easter celebrations

Now What? is looking for: 

Personal experiences with good storytelling techniques that center on a situation or problem that either led the author to Christ or deepened their faith in God. Preferred word count: 1,000–1,500

Now What? is NOT looking for: 

  • Devotionals
  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Testimonies.

Sherri will review through the Manuscript Submission Program.
She will also meet with authors for cold pitch appointments.

Sheila Seifert – www.focusonthefamily.com

Writing Center 

Sheila Seifert is the editorial director of Focus on the Family magazine, a publication that helps families thrive in Christ. (The online version can be found bimonthly online.) Sheila is the author of more than 20 books and has taught creative writing and literature at various universities. In addition, Sheila has had more than 1,000 freelance sales and has written children’s scripts, one of which was aired on PBS. She also reviews books for the Simple Literature Book Club, which is used by public, private, and homeschool teachers. One of her fun choose-your-own kidventure books is called Bible Kidventures: Stories of Danger and Courage.

Focus on the Family is looking for:

Focus on the Family is NOT looking for:

  • Foreign adoption stories
  • Death in a family
  • Abortion stories
  • Political articles
  • Stories with a sarcastic tone/voice

Note: they do take faith articles that are apologetic, but we do NOT accept devotionals or Bible studies or personal journey stories telling what you learned about faith or the Christian life.

Sheila will participate in the Manuscript Submission Program.