Guidelines for Writing for the Adventist World
We’re looking for new writers—men and women whom the Lord has gifted and called to write. It would help to read books and articles on writing and/or take a class or seminar to build your skills as you prepare your material.
What we’re looking for
Important Things to Remember:
Make sure your writing is finished/edited as best as you can. Use short sentences with simple, colorful vocabulary and active verbs. Use examples from real life to illustrate your topic, and apply the material to life. Stories work for all people groups.
Relationships, nature, feelings—these are universal and they work for all groups.
Seek to be positive and unifying; but also candid, honest, and open. We encourage writing that is fresh, lively, and upbeat.
Quoting from songs or hymns (the copyright can cost us $400 for one line!). Avoid quoting poetry and songs (unless very widely-known) because they are difficult to translate.
Political viewpoints or agendas.
References to World War II (Germany, Japan).
Sending long academic dissertations. Avoid tired, familiar ideas.
Heavy use of passive voice (Passive voice is the use of the verb form "to be"—is, are, a, was, were, has been, have been, had been, will be, will have been—followed by a past participle. “I have walked” is passive; “I walked” is active voice.).
Do not send more than two manuscripts at one time. If you send your manuscript elsewhere, don’t send it to us.
Sending Your Article
2. You submit a double-spaced manuscript with a cover letter. Send by regular mail. You may use e-mail, but some of the editors prefer hard copy through regular mail. Mail to the address below (not to a specific editor), or your manuscript will not be processed.
3. You will receive an acknowledgment card and your manuscript will be evaluated by at least two editors. (Less than 20% are accepted.)
4. We notify you of our decision, usually within 10-12 weeks. Please retain copies of your submissions for your records. (Rejected articles are disposed of after six months).
5. If we accept—we buy your manuscript for one-time use, then the copyright returns to you. Regular articles are paid on acceptance, not publication. You will receive a check in the mail:
6. When we accept your manuscript, we will ask for a disk or CD (if available), your Social Security number (where applicable), a photo, and a request to grant our publishing houses overseas permission to reprint without cost.
7. You may send photographs to accompany your manuscript (in addition to your author photo). If editors choose to use these photos with your article you will be compensated at $15 per image. We prefer hard copy pictures on photography paper. You may also submit high-resolution digital images via e-mail or CD.
8. In time (not usually right away) your article appears in the Adventist World. You’re happy. Thousands of readers benefit.
If Your Article Quotes Other Sources