One Writer’s Journey

November 18, 2014

Call for Manuscripts: Shine

Call for SubmissionsDo you like to write for the Christian market?  Then consider SHINE brightly magazine.

This magazine is for girls ages 9 to 14 and is published by GEMS Girls’ Clubs (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior).  The goal of GEMS is to help bring girls into a living relationship with Jesus Christ.  
Each issue features stories, articles, interviews, quizzes, poems, games, puzzles, crafts, and recipes.  Remember this is a Christian publication and each and every piece needs to show a realistic depiction of the Christian life and show readers how Christian beliefs apply day-to-day.
The word limist for fiction is 700 to 900 words.  For nonfiction it is 200 to 800 words.
Each school year, the magazine features a central theme.  I say school year because it seems to run from the summer issue through the spring.  The upcoming theme is Bring the Message and is described thusly:
“Bring the Message focuses on sharing the good news of Jesus. God sent Jesus to the world to deliver the message that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). Jesus is love, light, and life to a dark and dying world. And when we’ve been changed by His message, we need to share the good news of Jesus with others. This season we are focusing on ways people in the Bible shared the message. As the Father sent the Son, so He sends you and me. Let us be as quick to respond and say in agreement with Isaiah, ‘Send me!'”
The Theme verse is Isaiah 6:8: Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
The deadline for the summer issue is December 3rd.  The topic for this issue is Sharing Your Faith.
For details, read the guidelines posted here.

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