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Writers’ Guidelines

The meditations in devozine are written by real people—like you! If one of our themes in the sidebar below sparks your interest, follow these guidelines for writing a daily meditation or for proposing an idea for a weekend feature article. These FAQs cover everything you need to know.

  • May/Jun 2015

    Deadline: 08/01/2014

    • Volun-tour-ism
    • All by My Lonesome
    • Imperfect Parents
    • Creative Prayer
    • No Respect
    • Running on Empty
    • The Gospel in Me
    • Quote du Jour
    • Keeping Promises
    More Info
  • Jul/Aug 2015

    Deadline: 10/01/2014

    • Restoration
    • Breaking Away
    • Best Friends
    • Go On
    • What an Ego!
    • Invisible Wounds
    • Would Jesus Judge?
    • Faith Apps
    • What to Wear
    More Info
  • Sep/Oct 2015

    Deadline: 11/28/2014

    • Anti-Bullying
    • It's MY Decision
    • Dating
    • Be the Blessing
    • Confidence
    • The Busy Trap
    • Who R U God?
    • Heart in Art
    • Sports Fever
    More Info
Complete Themes List

What is the purpose of devozine?

Our purpose is to help young people develop a lifelong practice of prayer and spiritual reflection. devozine is designed to help readers grow in their faith and discover the relevancy of Christian faith for the issues they face in everyday life.

What is devozine?

  • A bimonthly, 64-page magazine for teens written by teens and by adults who love them
  • Each issue includes daily meditations and weekend articles focusing on nine weekly themes
  • Meditations may be expressed as scripture, prose, poetry, prayers, stories, songs, art, photos
  • Readers and writers include persons of many different denominations and cultures

Who reads devozine?

  • Young people ages 14–19 who seek personal devotional readings
  • Youth groups who seek devotional reflections
  • Adults who seek to understand youth spirituality

WHAT ARE SOME TIPS FOR DEVOTIONAL WRITING?

  • Devotional writing should invite people to come closer to God.
  • It should capture real experiences of real people who are struggling to apply their faith to everyday life.
  • It should express only one main idea and leave one memorable image with the reader.
  • It should lead persons into further conversation with God after they finish the meditation.
  • Your journal can be a great source of ideas for devotional writing because it records your real thoughts about your experiences.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT ABOUT UPCOMING THEMES?

  • Check the Complete Themes List to find themes and writing deadlines for upcoming issues, as well as expanded theme questions to spark your creativity.
  • For a printed copy of upcoming themes and expanded theme questions, mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) to the address below.

WHAT STYLE OF WRITING IS APPROPRIATE FOR devozine?

  • Simply written (preferably in youth language), realistic and relevant to life experiences of youth, does not need to be overtly religious but should help to open youth to the life of faith that we all seek, inclusive of multicultural experiences.
  • If you are an adult writing for the devozine audience, these Tips for Adult Writers will give you lots of ideas for developing a youth-friendly writing style.
  • We seek to use language that is non-sexist and inclusive of everyone (for example: use words such as humankind, persons, or everyone instead of mankind or men in the familiar generic sense). We encourage the use of a wide range of biblical images for God.

How Do I Prepare my Meditation?

  • Compose your meditation or article as an email, an online submission, or a typed or handwritten page (doubled-spaced on 8 ½” x 11” paper).
  • If you mail your manuscript to us and want your original submission to be returned, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE). We cannot acknowledge or return manuscripts submitted without an SASE, so please keep a copy of what you submit.
  • Be sure to note on your manuscript the issue and theme for which you are writing.

What other information do I need to include?

  • Name
  • Age/Birth Date (if you are younger than 25)
  • Mailing Address
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number (Please alert us if your contact information changes after you submit a meditation.)

Will my meditation be edited?

  • devozine reserves the right to edit a meditation for length, clarity, grammatical correctness, and biblical/theological integrity.
  • We are committed to preserving the integrity of the writer’s style, voice, language, and personal experience whenever possible.

TO WHOM SHOULD I SUBMIT MY MANUSCRIPT?

Choose one of these three options to send your manuscript to Sandy Miller, Editor:

Online: Submit a Devo

Email: devozine@gbod.org

Mail: Sandy Miller, Editor
1908 Grand Avenue
P. O. Box 340004
Nashville, TN 37203-0004

 

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Daily Meditation Guidelines

How do I write a daily meditation for publication?

  • Word Count: Prose: 150–250 words long. Poetry: no more than 20 lines.
  • Main Idea or Image: Think about what you want your meditation to evoke in the reader.
  • Scripture: Try to include a scripture verse or suggested text (state version of Bible used).
  • Closing Idea: Try to include a reflective element (brief prayer, quote, scripture, spiritual practice, reflection or journaling question, action or research idea) for readers to take with them through the day. Prayers should use honest, straightforward, conversational language.
  • Contact Info: Include your contact information as requested above.

HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY WORK IS ACCEPTED?

  • If we choose to use your meditation, we will notify you before publication and send  you the paperwork that must be signed and returned before your work can be published.
  • We pay $25 for weekday meditations ($10-15 if we use your submission as part of a group or as a reflection for another meditation). Payment will be made at the time of acceptance.
  • Meditations not chosen for publication will be returned only if you have sent an SASE. Because of the number of meditations we receive, we are unable to check the status of submissions still being considered or submissions without an SASE that were not selected.

 

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Weekend Feature Article Guidelines

WHO CAN WRITE A WEEKEND FEATURE ARTICLE?

  • Youth or adults willing to work with the devozine staff to provide a certain “twist” on the weekly theme.
  • These articles are recruited rather than freelance. If you have an idea for a weekend article for a particular theme, please email smiller@gbod.org a brief proposal of what you would like to write. This gives us a chance to offer input or to let you know if the weekend for that theme has already been recruited before you write the entire article.

IF MY PROPOSAL IS ACCEPTED, HOW DO I WRITE AN ARTICLE?

  • Word Count: 500-600 words. Article should build on theme for the week—with a “twist.”
  • Format: Make your article invitational and reader-friendly. Try not to have long blocks of copy; or use subtitles, sidebars, or bulleted lists to break copy into smaller sections.
  • Next Day Stretch: As you write, think about how you might craft a reflective element to encourage readers to dig deeper into the theme by offering a question or questions for reflection, a suggestion for action, tips for ongoing practice of a spiritual discipline, a directed or open-ended prayer, a biblical passage to explore, a suggestion for journaling or starting a journal, a website for researching further, or some combination of these ideas.
  • Include a Short Bio: Credentials and/or something fun about yourself.
  • Images: If you have ideas for graphics or have high-res digital photos to accompany your article, please send them to the editor with your article.
  • Contact Info: Include your contact information as requested above.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MY ARTICLE IS ACCEPTED?

  • You will receive a copy of your edited article to review and the paperwork that must be signed and returned before your work can be published.
  • Payment is $100 and will be made upon receipt of your completed paperwork.

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