PITCHes for spring, 2019 issue: wonder

Submissions open November 3-17

Use the button to submit a pitch for a piece you'd like to write for the Wonder issue. If your pitch is selected, you will be notified by November 24. Please carefully review the writer's guidelines before submitting. 

the wonder issue

Wonder is defined as “a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable”. It can also indicate a curiosity to know something. The Wonder issue is an invitation to awaken our curiosity, peer into the mysterious, and be moved by beauty to a response of reverent awe. Through an exploration of nature’s grandeur and intricacies, to the mysteries of human relationship, we want to glimpse the glory of God and marvel at the wonderful gifts that flow from His hand. Most of all, we hope that the Wonder issue turns our hearts to the wonder of God Himself; a wonder that bends us to worship and lifts us to exult Him.

We welcome poetry, essays, stories, and interviews that explore the theme of wonder.

Keywords: amazement, reverence, awe, curiosity, adventure, worship, surprise

If your pitch is accepted:

  • Word count: We are looking for pieces of content that fall between 800-1200 words. Specifics will be determined based on the topic you plan to write about.

  • Deadlines: first draft is due by January 7, 2019 and final draft by January 28, 2019.

  • Editing: You will be assigned to a staff editor who will help you polish your first draft and have it ready for publication by January 28.

  • Compensation: You will receive a credit line in, and print copy of, the Wonder issue when it is released in December.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR PITCH STAND OUT

We receive many, many pitches - more than we can include in each issue. Help yours stand out by practicing these tips:

  • Write specifically: broad, expansive topics are not likely to attract our attention. Try to be as specific as possible about the topic on which you would write, and how it relates to the theme of “wonder”.

  • Use excellent grammar/spelling/punctuation: If your pitch is sloppily written, it is not likely to be chosen. Show us that you are confident in your writing abilities and use the same excellent spelling and punctuation that you would use when writing your article.

  • Be sure you can meet the deadlines (listed above). Because of the many moving parts of magazine production, it is imperative that authors be able to turn their drafts in on time.

  • Get creative! Don’t rush to submit your first idea. Take some time to meditate on the theme and see what comes to mind. Develop your idea and then formulate it into words. The theme of “wonder” is packed with possibility. For example, you could talk about an awe-inspiring experience that changed your life; write a guide for discovering wonder in everyday places; research the mind-blowing intricacies of our galaxy, etc.. We love adventurous, out-of-the-box ideas!

 

love to write?

One of our passions is to provide a platform from which women can develop their voices through creative expression. Therefore, every issue of Daughters of Promise includes space for submissions shared by readers. Each quarter, we will announce the theme of the upcoming issue and give you the opportunity to submit a pitch (a 3-4 sentence overview) for an article you would like to write.  If your article idea is accepted, you will be notified and assigned to a staff editor who will walk with you through the writing and editing process. Writers whose work is included in the print magazine will receive a thank-you copy of the issue once it is printed. 

the process

  • Writing opportunities will be posted on this page and our social media platforms.

  • We welcome article pitches from everyone; however, special consideration is given to those who are familiar with DOP, supportive of our mission, and embrace conservative Anabaptist values. 

  • Each issue is centered around a theme, and your pitch must relate to that theme for consideration. Out-of-the-box interpretations can be refreshing, but don't stray too far off topic or your idea may be discarded.

  • If your article idea is chosen, it is final and you may not change the topic. Any submissions received that are different from the original idea run the risk of not being included in the magazine.

DEADLINES

  • Submission deadlines are firm and late submissions will not be accepted. When submitting your pitch, please keep the deadline in mind and only submit your idea if you are sure you will be able complete the article and turn it in on time. 

ORIGINALITY

  • All content must be written by you and must not have been published elsewhere.

RIGHTS

  • You retain the rights to your submission, but DOP reserves the right to promote/publish any article that is submitted to us. Occasionally, articles from the magazine may be republished on the DOP blog, newsletter, website, or other materials.

REPUBLISHING

  • If your submission is selected and published in the magazine, please do not republish your article in its entirety until at least 3 months have passed. If, and when, you do, please include a credit line that includes a statement such as: "This article was originally published in Daughters of Promise Magazine". Please include a link to our website: www.daughters-of-promise.org.

  • If you wish to promote your article before the six months have passed, feel free to share a paragraph or short excerpt from the article to generate interest and include a link to the website where people can purchase a copy of the magazine (www.daughters-of-promise.org/print)..

editing process

  • If your article idea is chosen for print, we will pair you with one of our staff editors who will assist in fine-tuning your piece for publication. In addition, you'll receive a copy of our Writer's Kit, which outlines basic editorial guidelines/FAQs/helpful tips; and a copy of our digital Mini Issue to give you a feel for the content DOP publishes.

COMPENSATION

  • If your piece is selected for publication, you will receive a credit line in the magazine as well as a copy of the print magazine once it is published.

If you are interested in submitting an article for consideration, please review our general submissions policy and writing guidelines.