Tell us about Bible Advocate and Now What?
Bible Advocate is one of the oldest Christian magazines still in print, founded in 1863. It is geared to help Christians understand and obey God’s Word, featuring articles on Bible doctrine, current social and religious issues, Christian living, Bible topics, textual or biblical book studies, prophecy, and personal experience. We also print some fillers (sidebars) and poetry (traditional, free, and blank verse).
Now What?, started in 1996, is a monthly e-zine aimed at the unchurched that addresses the felt needs of people. Stories show an individual’s struggle that either led them to faith in Christ or deepened their walk with God. Now What? has covered a wide range of topics, including homosexuality, grief, abuse, mental illness, suicide, and abortion. We’re always open to hearing new ideas and even new approaches to previously posted subjects. We buy first, electronic, and one-time rights. We also accept reprints and simultaneous submissions.
Both Bible Advocate and Now What? are good markets for beginners and for reprints from more established writers.
What kind of articles would be of interest to you for these publications?
For Bible Advocate, we publish material tied to our theme list. Our November-December issue (“The Hope of the Gospel”) is still open for submissions, with a deadline of August 1. Next year our general theme will be “Come and See.” Though details still need to be finalized on themes for specific issues, here is a tentative outline:
1. The Calling of Jesus (making disciples)
2. The Teaching of Jesus (instructing disciples)
3. The Miracles of Jesus (transforming disciples)
4. The Parables of Jesus (challenging disciples)
5. The Passion of Jesus (the heart of disciples)
6. The Promises of Jesus (the destiny of disciples)
The 2023 themes should be finalized in late summer. Please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the theme list.
Even though we publish poetry in Bible Advocate, we have enough to fill our spots through 2023. Any new poetry accepted wouldn’t be published until 2024.
We’re always looking for good personal experiences for Now What? These are more than just a retelling of an event, and they are not testimonies. Our stories have strong storytelling qualities, using fiction techniques of dialogue, scenes, description, conflict, etc.
Who should schedule appointments with you at Write-to-Publish?
Anyone who wants to discuss their ideas with me or show me work that fits our publications should sign up to see me. I love encouraging writers at all levels, but especially beginners.
Interviewed by Susan Miura, speaker, freelance editor, and author of four award-winning novels and a children’s book.