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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, epistles, 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:
- 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 December 2014, March 2015, and September 2015, and February 2016.Submit Now »
- Friends marry and bury well, but don't generally observe the kind of life-passage ceremonies common in other spiritual traditions (i.e. baptism, bar and bat mitzvahs, confirmation). How then do we—or should we—recognize events such as births, adoption, children growing into adulthood, weddings, aging, and death? Is there a way we can help meeting members with life changes such as adoption, divorce, or selling family homes? Deadline 11/01/2014.Submit Now »
- Quaker spirituality is widely known for its diversity and tolerance and mistrust of absolutes. How do we teach our values in a way that embraces this openness and encourages dialogue? And how do we mentor one another—both young Friends and Friends growing into membership or into a ministry? The April issue will also feature our second-annual Student Voices project. Deadline 01/05/2015.Submit Now »
- Our second 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 Peace, Conflict, and Justice, and participants may choose from eight different prompts (listed on our Student Voices Project page). Deadline 01/05/2015.Submit Now »
- How do Friends engage with other traditions? Many of us come from other faiths or combine faiths as either a personal practice or for family reasons. What spiritual paths give you sustenance as a Quaker? And what are the challenges, dangers, and delights of mixing faiths as Friends?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?Submit 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.Submit Now »
- 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?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 »