Special extended deadline for art and nonfiction! Our submission window for these categories closes on October 24, 2017. Not currently accepting fiction or poetry.
What We Publish
We publish annually, both electronically and in print. We publish fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. In writing, we look for the light in the darkness and the darkness in the light; deep truths revealed through good old fashioned story-telling; and humor that doesn’t try too hard and wit that cuts.
While we are a “Christian” magazine, we look for the spiritual tones in all submissions we receive. Above all, we’re interested in quality work.
When it comes to writing with Christian themes, we do NOT publish bonnet stories or happily ever afters—we much prefer space suit helmets, hair hanging free in all its tangled glory, and the gritty realities of the life of the believer and this world in which we live. We don’t believe the story stops when you come to Jesus, we believe that’s where it begins. Jesus’ use of parables in his ministry on earth is evidence of the power of stories and their ability to reach people at the heart level, but Jesus rarely stated flat out the moral to a tale. Instead, he made it clear and alive through fiction. These are the stories we want to publish.
See our categories below and look at our Staff page to see what we’re drawn to in submissions.
We publish literary and genre fiction. We publish most genres, with a particular fondness for fantasy and science fiction and their various subgenres (e.g., slipstream, dark fantasy, etc.). We are not interested in erotica or extreme horror. We love various forms of fiction that tell a complete story, no matter the length.
Word limits: 1,000 word max for flash fiction, 5,000 word max for all other fiction
We’re interested in creative nonfiction in its many forms. We want the writer’s truth bled onto the page. Darker topics handled in lighthearted ways, stories featuring the great ironies of life, and pieces that show how extraordinary the ordinary can be will catch our eye.
Word limit: 5,000 word max
In poetry, we’re attracted to verses grounded in concrete imagery—we cringe at abstractions like “love,” “beauty,” and “evil.” Instead of saying “evil,” show us what evil tastes like. We publish both free verse and form poetry, but rhyming should be done subtly and with skill.
Word limit: 2,000 word OR 100 line max
In art we want to see the skill of your craft in whatever medium you choose. However, we are not just looking for well painted flowers and sunsets, we want to be engaged and challenged by the story of your art. We want the cold reality of stark pencil lines, and the passion of rich colors to make us see reality from different perspectives. We accept any medium that can be printed on the page, especially drawings, paintings, photography, and digital art.
Blog for Us
Would you like to guest blog for us? We’re always accepting blog queries!
Email us your query (link to our email is under “follow us” in the sidebar to the right). Be sure to include “blog query” in the subject line. Let us know your proposed topic, and please provide links to a blog(s) or site(s) on which your writing appears. If you’ve already written the article you’re proposing, do NOT attach the file in your email. If your query seems like a good fit, we’ll ask you for the file.
Accepted articles will be:
- Related to writing/art/the creative life
- Original and previously unpublished
- Between 500 and 1000 words in length
Interviews and Book Reviews
We LOVE promoting amazing writers, artists, and their work. Interviews and book reviews are two of the ways we do that.
Know a writer or artist that we should interview for our website? Or want to be considered for an interview yourself? Email us your query (link to our email is under “follow us” in the sidebar to the right). Include “interview query” in the subject line. Let us know who you are, what you write/create, why you’d like to be interviewed, and (if possible) links to your blog(s), site(s), or social media pages.
Want us to review your forthcoming book? Email us a query (link to email is under “follow us” in the sidebar to the right). Include “book review query” in the subject line. Tell us who you are, what you write, what your book’s about, and where folks can follow your work online. Please do NOT attach any files to your email. If we decide to review your work, we’ll arrange for the best way to receive it.