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- Forum and Viewpoints: Reader responses and general reflections.
- Poetry: We 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 Photographs: High-resolution artwork and photograph submissions for publication in the magazine.
- News Items: News, press releases, and reports from events.
- Milestones: Births, adoptions, marriages/unions, and deaths.
- 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.
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."
- 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 take place in March 2015, September 2015, and February 2016.Submit Now »
- We've all seen it: a contentious issue divides the floor of a decision-making meeting along familiar lines. Neither side feels respected or listened to and Friends go away feeling opportunities were missed. Friends are activists working on social change, we're mystics working on communion with the Light, and we're pragmatists making a living in the world with integrity. How do we bridge these divisions as Friends? Submission deadline 3/2/2015Submit Now »
- Friends may be antiwar but we try to reach out to the humanity of soldiers. How do relate to military personnel in our families? How do we support troops without supporting war? What kind of counseling can we give returning soldiers with PTSD? How do we confront the continuing use of torture by U.S. military? This month marks the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Submission deadline 5/4/2015.Submit Now »
- Submit Now »Reproduction is a central part of the human experience and Friends have strong and diverse opinions on this far-reaching topic. Some experience infertility or struggle to conceive. Assisted reproduction is becoming more common, including in ways that enable LGBT parents to conceive this way. When unplanned pregnancies happen, do Friends clearness processes, either formal or informal, help with decision-making? How do or should Friends plan for pregnancy and/or child-rearing? Are there religious aspects for Friends in the experience of birth? How can meetings support those who are parenting children? How does Quakerism play into a decision by an individual or couple not to raise children? What about adoption, both giving a child for adoption and adopting one into your own family? Submission deadline 6/4/2015.
- For this issue, we're looking for smaller, more personal stories, of how Friends live out our spirituality in the world. What does community mean to you on a personal level? How do you interact with Friends at Quaker gatherings and yearly meeting sessions? What's your relationship with other faiths and causes in your hometown? Submission deadline 7/1/2015.Submit Now »
- Friends may be small in number but we show up in pop culture quite a bit. Some well-known artists are Quakers. What is it like to be a Quaker celebrity, either in the larger world or within a Friends context? How should we ourselves consume movies and music—are there cautions or limits? And are there ways we can use popular media like YouTube to share the Quaker message more widely?Submit Now »
- Get ready, the first primaries for the 2016 U.S. Presidential election are happening. How should Friends engage in the political process? How do we choose who to support—or whether we should opt out all together? Are there historical examples of Friends' participation we can turn to for inspiration?Submit Now »