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Jul 13, 2021 352 Shalom Tidings
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Call for Writers

Thanks for your interest in writing for Shalom Tidings!

Shalom Tidings seeks articles that portray stories of powerful conversions and profound God encounters. We are also looking for inspirational pieces on how to overcome fear, insecurity, loneliness and depression that many are struggling with these days and also a few practical tips to grow in your faith. You could write providing valuable insight on how to find more meaning and purpose in life.

Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions about submitting an article to Shalom Tidings.

FAQs

What should I write about?

To get a sense of the type of work we publish, check out our website.

As you can see, our articles cover all areas of spiritual life and how to handle difficult situations through prayer and devotion. You could write about a God experience that touched your life, a testimony of healing and deliverance, a conversion story, or even an everyday experience of God in your life.

Should I pitch you my idea before writing the article?

Sure! Pitch your idea by emailing our editor at [email protected]

(Note that we can’t guarantee publication until we review a completed submission. We’re happy to evaluate your pitch before you get to writing!)

When will I hear back from you after I send my pitch?

Please allow up to three weeks for our editor to respond to your pitch.

How long should my articles be?

Aim for 500 – 800 words. From time to time, we’ll publish longer pieces, and if that’s the case, we’ll let you know.

Should I write a headline? 

That’d be great! We reserve the right to tweak it for SEO, style or just to make it more attention-grabbing.

Fun fact: We actually write approximately 5-10 headlines before choosing one for an article. If you want to suggest one or two potential headlines, that makes our job easier!

Will you edit my article?

Yes, we’ll edit for content and clarity, doing our best to preserve your voice. You’ll be able to see if there are significant edits and we’ll often work with you should these be required.

Have any tips for ensuring my piece is a fit for Shalom Tidings?

> Please write in the “we” voice as much as possible.

> Support your advice with personal experience or stories.

> Including sub-headings is much appreciated. (We love to use H2 and H3!)

> Only one space between sentences, please!

> Definitely avoid an ‘advice only’ column style writing.

> Considering our lay audience, delving into deep theology is not ideal.

 How should I submit my article?

1. Submit your article as a Word document through the ‘Contact’ page.

2. Email it to our editor as a Word document to [email protected]

Should I include a photograph that can be used with the article?

If you have one, yes, please. Make sure they are high resolution. We reserve the right to use another image if the one provided by you does not work.

Should I include a headshot?

Yes, that would be great! We may not use it in the magazine but, we will use it on the website.

Can I include a bio?

Absolutely! There are a few items we need from you to build your author profile.

> Add your name, email, website and social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest) handles to the top of your article. If you don’t have one, just your e-mail ID works too.

> Include a 2-3 sentence bio at the top of your article. We’d love for you to mention how long you’ve been writing professionally and name-drop a couple of places you’ve written for so we can create a short bio and showcase your expertise and experience wherever possible.

Are you definitely going to publish my piece?

We reserve the right to not publish your article if our Editorial Council decides it’s not a strong fit for Shalom Tidings. You are then free to publish it elsewhere.

Can I repost my submission on my blog?

No. If we run your article on Shalom Tidings, we retain the rights to that content. We don’t allow republishing on your own blog or any other website. (Did you know reposting content can hurt SEO traffic results for everyone involved? We try to keep it tidy around here.)

You are more than welcome to share your article from shalomtidings.org once it is published.

Do you pay?

No; all of our writers are zealous evangelizers who wish to share Christ’s love and peace with the world.

What should I do after I submit my article?

Our editor will get in touch with you and let you know of the progress. If and when we publish it, we hope you’ll be active in the comments, responding to readers’ questions or thoughts. We also hope you’ll share your article on social media!

We look forward to your contribution!

Ready to pitch your idea or submit your article? 

Before you submit your piece, please run through this checklist. Did you…

> Add your name, email, website and social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest) handle to the top of your article?

> Include your 2-3 sentence bio at the top of your article?

> Attach your file

If so, you’re ready to submit!

For more information and any other queries, please drop us an email at [email protected] with the subject line ‘Article Submission.’

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