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.

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  • ForumReader responses
  • Viewpoints: short general reflections.
  • 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.
  • 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: Books Editor." If you would like to become a reviewer, please contact us. 
  • MilestonesBirths, 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • Dec 2015: Economic Justice and Poverty

    How are Friends addressing issues of poverty in our communities and in the wider world? Are we getting out of our class and race comfort zones to make friendships and alliances with others? We hope to have Friends address concerns like the "New Jim Crow" and the prison-industrial complex and also share stories about how they've crossed boundaries and made a difference. Deadline 09/07/2015.
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  • Jan 2016: The Political Process

    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? Submission deadline 10/5/2015.
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  • Mar 2016: Including the Differently Abled

    How do we include those that don't fit our assumptions? From inaccessible meetinghouse steps to children with ADHD, how do Friends flex to make worship and community events available? How do we support families and individuals who need more attention or help. Submission deadline 12/7/2015.
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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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