Writing Guidelines for the Adventist Review
Maybe the Lord wants you to write for the Adventist Review. We’re looking for new writers--men and women of all ages, particularly young adults, whom the Lord has gifted and called to write. We’re searching for people with a passion for God. Here’s a broad outline of the types of articles we believe are compelling, relevant, and inspirational to the readers of our publication:
Spiritual Food: How can we cultivate our relationship with God? What will help us know Jesus better?
Message & Mission: What makes us Seventh-day Adventists? What is unique about our beliefs and God-given tasks?
Diversity: Ethnic, age, and gender differences in our writers and those in our stories are strongly encouraged. TheReview is for all people.
Reader Interaction: We solicit letters from our readers to let us know how we’re doing with providing relevant, timely, and inspirational stories. We also ask for brief and sometimes humorous anecdotes about Adventist Christian life, profound quotes, special camp meeting memories, and other “jots and tittles” for our Give & Take page.
Articles such as the cover story, editorials, devotionals, and news are in every issue; other types of articles vary week by week. The following is a list of the types of articles we generally print, a brief description of their focus/theme, the word length for each, and the editor responsible for coordinating those particular sections of the magazine:
|Cover story||Mission, outreach, current issues, service, etc.||1,800 to 2,400||Varies|
|Heritage||Adventist history||1,200 to 1,500||Lael Caesar|
|Spiritual Growth||Devotionals, theology, last days, prophecy, Second Coming||1,200 to 1,500||
|Stories||Inspirational stories of faith and spiritual growth||1,200 to 1,500||Steve Chavez|
|Give & Take||Brief anecdotes, quips, quotes, photos||Up to 200||Kimberly Maran|
|Adventist Life||Service/outreach, discipleship, Christian lifestyle||1,200 to 1,500||Sandra Blackmer|
|Church Life||Life with a community of believers||700 to 1,500||Sandra Blackmer|
|Reflections||Inspirational and personal||600-650||Wilona Karimabadi|
|Health||Practical, factual||700 to 1,200||Sandra Blackmer|
|News Features||Current events||800 to 1,200||Andy McChesney|
|News Briefs||Current events||50 to 200||Andy McChesney|
|Issues||Relationships, values, ethnics, Christians in society, etc.||1,200 to 1,500||Varies|
|Book Reviews||New Releases||200 to 300||Varies|
|Opinion||Current issues affecting Adventists and other Christians||300-700||Varies|
- Deeply spiritual material.
- The difference God makes in our lives.
- Solidly based in Scripture and consistent with Ellen G. White's counsels.
- Accompanying references for technical material and quotes.
- Writing that is open, honest, candid, personal, real, vulnerable, databased, fresh, lively, upbeat.
- For some, it could be helpful to read books and articles on writing and /or take a writing class or seminar.
- Tired, familiar ideas.
- Top-of-the-head writing.
- Multiple submissions (fi you send your manuscript elsewhere, don't send it to us).
- Heavy on quoted material--keep it below 15 percent.
- Long quotes from songs or hymns (copyright costs can be high!).
- Fiction or dreams.
- More than two manuscripts at once.
- Too many manuscripts from one author--we need variety.
- Long, academic dissertations.
Here's How It All Happens
You get an idea (focus on only one), write it out in detail, boil it down, and boil it down again to meet necessary lengths previously listed.
You submit a double-spaced manuscript and a cover letter. Send via regular mail or e-mail. Addresses:
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904-6600
Your manuscript gets evaluated by at least two editors. (Fewer than 20 percent are accepted.)
We notify you of our decision, usually within eight weeks. In rush times we cannot always notify writers of rejections unless they send a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) with the article. (Rejected articles are disposed of after six months.)
If we accept, we often compensate for content. Those details are discussed once we contact you about our desire to publish your content.
We will request your biographical information, your Social Security number, a photo, and a request to grant our publishing houses overseas permission to reprint without cost.
Your article appears in the Adventist Review, although usually not right away.It might be some time before it is printed.
You’re happy. Thousands of readers benefit.
Send in Those Articles!!