Submissions: Write for Friends Journal

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Friends Journal welcomes articles, poetry, art, photographs, and letters from our readers. We are also helped by your comments and questions. We are an independent magazine serving the entire Religious Society of Friends. Our mission is “to communicate Quaker experience in order to connect and deepen spiritual lives,” which allows for a variety of viewpoints and subject matter. We welcome submissions from Friends and non-Friends alike.

We prefer articles written in a fresh, non-academic style. Friends value an experiential approach to life and religious thought. Our readers particularly value articles on: exploring Friends’ testimonies and beliefs; integrating faith, work and home lives; historical and contemporary Friends; social concerns and actions; and the variety of beliefs across the branches of Friends.

Friends Journal prefers articles with a constructive approach to spiritual seeking. We seek an open, curious and respectful tone even when discussing controversial subjects. We prefer articles rooted in the author’s own experiences of the divine. Submissions should show an awareness of Friends’ ways and concerns, as well as sensitivity to them.

The magazine is published monthly (with a combined June/July issue) in print and PDF editions. We have an active and growing website with special web-only features focusing on timely topics, as well as special selections from the Friends Journal archives. We are seeking to publish more themed issues and to encourage and cultivate new writers and fresh topics.

We are generally not able to pay for writing. Authors of feature-length articles receive four free copies of the issue in which the article appears, while poets receive two copies. Authors of shorter material appearing in the departments will receive two free copies upon request. We welcome inquiries about potential articles and invite you to contact senior editor Martin Kelley at martink@friendsjournal.org.

By submitting to Friends Journal, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to the legal agreement found at http://www.friendsjournal.org/legal. Advertising reservation deadlines typically occur a few days after our editorial deadlines; check our Advertising page for specific dates.

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  • ForumReader responses, limited to 300 words.
  • Viewpoints: short general reflections of 600-800 words.
  • PoetryWe generally publish 2-3 poems in each issue. Please use this form for all poetry, even poems that might be intended for specific issues.
  • Art and PhotographsHigh-resolution artwork and photograph submissions for publication in the magazine.
  • Art and Photographs (Flickr): If you wish to send us graphic material that's not attached to any article, please feel free to join our Flickr group.

Back Departments:

  • Departments: Shorter articles (about 1,000 words or less) found toward the back of each issue that focus on one of our current Department categories, including Earthcare, Friends in Business, History, Reflection, Faith and Practice, and Witness. Click through to see the full list.
  • News Items: News, press releases, and reports from events.
  • Book Reviews: We do not accept unsolicited book reviews. Review copies of books by Quaker authors or of interest to Friends Journal readers may be mailed to our address, "Attn: Book Review Editor." If you would like to become a reviewer, please contact us.
  • MilestonesBirths, adoptions, marriages/unions, and deaths.
  • Quaker Works: semiannual feature dedicated to connecting Friends Journal readers to the good works of Quaker organizations; the column is published in the April and October issues each year. Organizations must meet certain criteria in order to be included; click through for details.

Feature submissions and upcoming topics:

Feature articles generally run from 1,200 to 2,500 words. Most of our issues are now themed, though we keep two issues a year un-themed in order to highlight extraordinary articles. If your article does not fit one of our upcoming issues, you can submit it as a "General Feature Submission." Check out our past themes or suggest future ones.
  • Mar 2016: Disability and Inclusion

    How are Friends with disabilities included in our meetings? From inaccessible meetinghouse steps to children with ADHD, how could Friends better fit everyone's needs and provide more inclusive worship and community? How do we support our families and individuals who need more attention or help? Submissions due 12/7/2015.
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  • Apr 2016: Spiritual Nurture, Quaker Training

    How do we teach ourselves and one another to be more spiritually available Friends? What institutions do we have to go deeper in our faith? How do unprogrammed Friends understand specialized pastoral training in the unprogrammed tradition of Friends? Submissions due 1/4/2016.
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  • May 2016: Gender and Sexuality

    Trans issues have trended in the mainstream with celebrity announcements and hit TV shows. Among Friends, more Evangelical-leaning yearly meetings have divided over how welcoming they should be to LGBTQ Friends, and even Liberal Friends have had controversies when trying to create inclusive gender policies. How do we support vulnerable Friends and navigate shifting attitudes? How do we work with groups like FLGBTQC to educate Friends? For this issue, we’re inviting all genders and those who identify as LGBTQ to share their stories and experiences with the Friends Journal audience. Submissions due 2/8/2016.
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  • Jun/Jul 2016: Almost Quaker

    Beyond the familiar confines of our meetinghouses, there are larger networks of people touched and nourished by a distinctive Quaker ethos. We’ve long had fellow travelers, but the numbers seem to be growing with the spiritual-but-not-religious movement. We’re seeing fallen-away young adults; seekers who know us primarily through the internet; parents, teachers, and alums of Friends Schools. What do we make of these almost Quakers? Is this an opportunity for outreach or the sign of a new kind of Quaker identity? Is this something to be championed or feared? Submissions due 3/7/2016.
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  • Aug 2016: Quaker Spaces

    What do our architecture, interior design, and meetinghouse locations say about our theology and our work in the world? Quakers don’t consecrate our worship spaces but there’s a strong pull of nostalgia that brings people into our historic buildings and an undeniable energy to innovative Quaker spaces. How do our physical manifestations keep us grounded or keep us from sharing the “Quaker gospel” more widely? Submissions due 5/2/2016.
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  • Oct 2016: Crossing Cultures

    What does it mean to be an international faith of such wide theological diversity? How do we inter-visit and how do we disagree with integrity and compassion? What does it mean to be a peace church today and what core values do we or should we share? How do we boldly declare the values and insights of our respective branches of Quakerism without denying the legitimacy of other Friends? Submissions due 7/4/2016.
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  • Nov 2016: Social Media and Technology

    Is there a Quaker way to use social media, online communication, and technology? What resources are we using and how do they help in outreach with the public and communication within the meeting community? How do we mindfully and ethically use technology and make sure it doesn’t reinforce other privileges? How do we disagree online? How do we engage or deflect online disruptions like flamewars and trolls? Submissions due 8/8/2016.
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  • Dec 2016: Giving and Philanthropy

    How do we share our time and personal resources? What kinds of programs are we giving to? How do we evaluate organizations and projects? What is the relationship between donor and organization? Submissions due 9/5/2016.
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  • Jan 2017: Quakers in the Workplace

    What challenges and opportunities exist by mixing Quaker faith and work? What is it like to be the only Quaker in a workplace or a non-Quaker in an ostensively Quaker setting like a Friends School? What is like to be a “9-5 Quaker” that works for a Quaker organization but has limited involvement outside the job? How do we share our values in business and service? Submissions due 10/3/2016.
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  • Mar 2017: Race and Anti-Racism

    How can we challenge racism in the world and in our communities? How can we address our own diversity issues and be more welcoming? What have been steps in the right direction for the Religious Society of Friends? How are we addressing vast injustices like mass incarceration? Submissions due 12/5/2016.
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  • Apr 2017: AFSC Centennial

    A hundred years ago American Friends set aside internal differences to come together to organize against a war. We look back at a century of changing Quaker activism from the American Friends Service Committee, and look forward to its place in the continued evolution of Quaker witness. Submissions due 1/2/2017.
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  • Jun/Jul 2017: Reimagining the Quaker Ecosystem

    Many of our traditional decision-making structures are under tremendous stress these days. There are few nominating committees that don’t bemoan the difficulties finding volunteer leadership. In the face of this, a wave of questioning and creativity is emerging as Friends reinvent and regenerate Quaker structures. Previously unasked questions about power and decision-making models are on the agenda again. Submissions due 3/6/2017.
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  • Aug 2017: The Art of Dying and the Afterlife

    How do Friends approach the end of life? We’ve living longer and dying longer. How do we make decisions on end-of-life care for ourselves and our loved ones? Do Quakers have insight into what happens after we die? Submissions due 5/8/2017.
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  • May 2017: Quaker Summers

    A look at Quaker summer camps and all of the other rituals of Quaker summertimes like the FGC gathering and yearly meeting sessions. Submissions due 2/6/2017.
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  • General Feature Submissions

    We know there's lots of great Quaker writing which doesn't fit any of the topics in our upcoming issues listings. We leave two issues a year "open" to general interest articles that come in. The next of these comes up in February 2016.
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  • 3rd Annual Student Voices Project

    Our third annual Student Voices Project calls all middle school (grades 6–8) and high school (grades 9–12) students to add their voices to the Friends Journal community of readers. We happily welcome submissions from all students at Friends schools (Quaker and non-Quaker) and Quaker students in other educational venues (public schools, private schools, home school). This year's theme is Building Community, with four different options for participants to respond to (listed on our Student Voices Project page) using words, art, or photography. Deadline 01/08/2016.
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