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Written by Karri Watson   
2003-01-27

Markets for Inspirational Writers

by Karri Watson

If you can move your friends to tears (sad, happy, or laughing) then inspirational writing may be for you. The payoffs for writing these stories include emotional catharsis, the satisfaction of helping others, and even a paycheck.

These markets made the top ten because they are both diverse and “freelance friendly,” from 50% - 100% freelance written. They are mostly looking for first-person accounts of everyday situations, from humorous to hopeful to hard to bear.

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL

101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit

Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises, Inc.
P.O. Box 30880
Santa Barbara CA 93130

Guidelines Online

95% freelance written

Fax: (805) 563-2945
Email: nautio@chickensoup.com
Website: www.chickensoup.com
Accepts queries by: Mail, E-mail or Fax

Nonfiction Needs:
Humor
Inspirational
Personal Experience
Religious

Special Issues: Traveling sisterhood, Mother-Daughter stories, Christian teen, Christmas stories, stories by and/or about men, on love, kindness, parenting, family, Nascar racing, athletes, teachers, fishing, adoption, volunteers.

Does Not Want: No sermon, essay, eulogy, term paper, journal entry, political, or controversial issues.

Submission method: Send complete manuscript
Length: 300–1,200 words.
Pays $300.

Poetry Needs:
Traditional
Does Not Want: No controversial poetry.
Submit maximum 5 poems.
Pays $300:

Fillers Needs:
Anecdotes
Facts
Gags to be illustrated by cartoonist
Short Humor
Pays: $300.

"We prefer submissions to be sent via our website at www.chickensoup.com. Print submissions should be on 81/2 x 11 paper in 12 point Times New Roman font. Type authors contact information appears on the first page of story. Stories are to be nonfiction. No anonymous or author unknown submissions are accepted. We do not return submissions."

COMPLETE WOMAN
For All The Women You Are

Associated Publications, Inc.
875 N. Michigan Ave.
Suite 3434
Chicago, IL 60611-1901

Accepts all queries by mail.
Writer’s Guidelines for #10 SASE.

90% freelance written

 

GOD ALLOWS U-TURNS

True Stories of Hope and Healing. An ongoing book series project.

The God Allows U-Turns Project
P.O. Box 717
Faribault MN 55021-0717

100% freelance written

Editor's Note: Accepts stories by mail, e-mail, fax. Prefers submissions via website or e-mail, but does not accept stories as e-mail attachments. Responds only when a story is selected for publication. For a list of current God Allows U-Turns books open to submissions, as well as related opportunities, go to www.godallowsuturns.com. Timelines vary, so send stories any time as they may fit another volume. You may submit the same story to more than 1 volume, but you must send a separate copy to each. When submitting, indicate which volume it is for.

Nonfiction Needs:
Essays
Historical
Humor
Inspirational
Interview/Profile
Personal Experience
Religious

"Open to well-written personal inspirational pieces showing how faith in God can inspire, encourage, and heal. True stories that must touch our emotions."

Pays $50, plus 1 copy of anthology.

"Read a current volume. See the website for a sample story. Keep it real. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things with God's help. These true stories must touch our emotions. Our contributors are a diverse group with no limits on age or denomination."

 

FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Shalom Publishers
13241 Port Republic Rd.
Grottoes VA 24441

90% freelance written

Email: tgether@aol.com
Sample copy for 9x12 envelope and 4 first-class stamps.
Writer's guidelines for #10 SASE or by e-mail.

Nonfiction Needs:
General Interest
Humor
Inspirational
Personal Experience

Submission method: Send complete manuscript
Length: 300–1,000 words.
Pays $35-50.

Photos:
State availability of or send photos with submission.
Prints (3x5 or larger)
Photos Require:
Identification of subjects

Offers $25/photo

"This paper is for a general audience in the community, but written from a Christian-value perspective. It seems to be difficult for some writers to understand our niche--Living is not a 'religious' periodical but handles an array of general interest family topics and mentioning Christian values or truths as appropriate. Writing is extremely competitive and we attempt to publish only high quality writing."

MAGICAL BLEND MAGAZINE

A Primer for the 21st Century
P.O. Box 600
Chico CA 95927

Email: info@magicalblend.com
Website: www.magicalblend.com

50% freelance written

Accepts queries by: Mail or E-mail
Sample copy free.

Writer's guidelines online
"Magical Blend endorses no one pathway to spiritual growth, but attempts to explore many alternative possibilities to help transform the planet."

Key To This Market: Break in by "writing a great article that gives our readers something they can use in their daily lives or obtain `name' interviews."

Nonfiction Needs:
Book excerpts
Essays
General Interest
Inspirational
Interview/Profile
Religious
Travel

Does Not Want: No poetry or fiction.
Submission method: Send complete manuscript
Length: 1,000–5,000 words.
Pays $50-200.

Photos:
State availability of photos with submission.
Reviews:
Transparencies
Photos Require:
Identification of subjects
Model Releases
Negotiates payment individually
Fillers Needs:
Newsbreaks
Length: 300–450 words.
Pays: variable rate

MATURE LIVING

A Magazine for Christian Senior Adults
LifeWay Press of the Southern Baptist Convention
One LifeWay Plaza
Nashville TN 37234-0175

Email: matureliving@lifeway.com

70% freelance written
Sample copy for 9 x 12 SAE with 4 first-class stamps.
Writer’s guidelines for #10 SASE
Magazine Leisure reading magazine for senior adults 55 and older.

Nonfiction Needs:
General Interest
Historical
How-To
Humor
Inspirational
Interview/Profile
Personal Experience
Photo Feature
Travel
Crafts

Does Not Want: No pornography, profanity, occult, liquor, dancing, drugs, gambling.
Length: 600–1,200 words.
Pays 5 1/2˘/word; $75 minimum.

Photos:
State availability of photos with submission.
Offers $10-25/photo. Pays on publication.

Columns open to freelancers: : Cracker Barrel (brief, humorous, original quips and verses),pays $15; Grandparents' Brag Board (something humorous or insightful said or done by your grandchild or great-grandchild),pays $15; Inspirational (devotional items), pays $25; Food (introduction and 4-6 recipes),pays $50; Over the Garden Fence (vegetable or flower gardening), pays $40; Crafts (step-by-step procedures),pays $40; Game Page (crossword or word-search puzzles and quizzes), pays $40

Fiction:
Does Not Want: No reference to liquor, dancing, drugs, gambling; no pornography, profanity or occult.
Submission method: Send complete manuscript

PARENTING WITH SPIRIT

Honoring the Spirituality of Children
The Institute for Spiritual Living
P.O. Box 1356
Taos NM 87571

Email: jfhaver@parentingwithspirit.com
Website: www.parentingwithspirit.com

65% freelance written

Accepts queries by: Mail or E-mail
Sample copy for $5.
Writer's guidelines for #10 SASE

Nonfiction Needs:
Book excerpts
How-To
Inspirational
Opinion
Personal Experience
spiritual

Does Not Want: Nothing from a conservative religious viewpoint.

Submission method: Query or send complete ms
Length: 300–1,200 words.
Pays $10-35.

Photos:
State availability of photos with submission.

"Our writers are committed to the holistic and spiritual perspective of PWS. Many have backgrounds in journalism (with good interviewing skills), education, spiritual counseling or psychotherapy. Ask for upcoming themes. Keep articles to 1,500 words or less."

U.S. CATHOLIC

Claretian Publications
205 W. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60606

Fax: (312) 236-8207
Email: editors@uscatholic.org
Website: www.uscatholic.org

100% freelance written

Accepts queries by: Mail, E-mail or Fax
Sample copy for large SASE.
Writer's guidelines for #10 SASE.

Nonfiction Needs:
Essays
Inspirational
Opinion
Personal Experience
Religious
Submission method: Send complete manuscript
Length: 2,500–3,500 words.
Pays $250-600

Photos:
State availability of photos with submission.

Pays: $250–600 for columns.

Fiction:
Contact: Maureen Abood, literary editor
Needs:
Mainstream
Religious
Slice-of-life Vignettes
Submission method: Send complete manuscript
Length: 2,500–3,000 words.
Pays: $300 for fiction.

Poetry:
Contact: Maureen Abood, literary editor
Needs:
Free Verse
Does Not Want: "No light verse."
Submit maximum 5 poems.
Length: 50 lines.
Pays: $75

 

YOUNG SALVATIONIST

The Salvation Army
P.O. Box 269
Alexandria VA 22313-0269

Email: ys@usn.salvationarmy.org
Website: publications.salvationarmyusa.org

80% freelance written

Magazine for high school teens.

"Only material with Christian perspective with practical real-life application will be considered."

Editor's Note: Works with a small number of new/unpublished writers each year.

Key to this Market: "Our greatest need is for nonfiction pieces based in real life rather than theory or theology. Practical living articles are especially needed. We receive many fiction submissions but few good nonfiction."

Accepts queries by: Mail or E-mail
Sample copy for 9 x 12 SAE with 3 first-class stamps or on website.
Writer's guidelines and theme list for #10 SASE or on website

Nonfiction Needs:
How-To
Humor
Inspirational
Interview/Profile
Personal Experience
Photo Feature
Religious

"Articles should deal with issues of relevance to teens (high school students) today; avoid 'preachiness' or moralizing."
Submission method: Send complete manuscript
Length: 1,000–1,500 words.
Pays 15˘/word for first rights.

Fiction:
Only a small amount is used.
Needs:
Adventure
Fantasy
Humorous
Religious
Romance
Science Fiction
(all from a Christian perspective)
Length: 500–1,200 words.
Pays 15˘/word.

"Study magazine, familiarize yourself with the unique `Salvationist' perspective of Young Salvationist; learn a little about the Salvation Army; media, sports, sex and dating are strongest appeal."

 

Karri Watson resides in Knoxville, TN with her beloved cat TC. Her hobbies include spoiling her cat and her boyfriend, not necessarily in that order. She is a book reviewer for www.curledup.com. Feel free to contact Karri at wtsn1@comcast.net

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