September 15, 2014

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:

The Platform

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.

The Spin 

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:   

Article TypeDescriptionWordsEditor
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 Gerald Klingbeil
Lael Caesar
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 Mark Kellner
News Briefs Current events 50 to 200 Mark Kellner
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

Yes-Yeses

  • 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.

No-Nos

  • 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:

Manuscript Submissions                   
Adventist Review                   
12501 Old Columbia Pike                   
Silver Spring, MD 20904-6600                   
E-mail: manuscripts@adventistreview.org

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 buy your manuscript for one-time use, then the copyright returns to you. We pay on acceptance, not publication. You won’t get rich writing for the Review, but you will receive a check in the mail:

$75-$250 for unsolicited articles          
$80 - $300 for solicited articles           
(No payment for Give & Take, News, or Letters.)

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!!