Thank you for your interest in writing for desiringGod.org. We hope this short article will answer some of your questions.
Our focus is narrow. We want articles that express affection in God and a key insight from the Bible in a fresh light, sometimes helped with a fresh anecdote. We are deeply committed to the Bible, to faithfully teaching and explaining it, and to a Reformed understanding of salvation and sanctification (some call it “Calvinism”).
We encourage all of our prospective guest authors to set aside a little time to read and review our affirmation of faith.
We want the aroma of God’s sovereign goodness to be present in everything we publish. Our aim is to serve up this robust theology through the voice of a living and breathing writer with a personal, winsome encounter to tell.
Over the years we have published several excellent pieces from guest writers. We continue our commitment to working with guest authors who are theologically like-minded, but our content team is fairly small, and during peak seasons when the volume of guest submissions are high, we must decline even very good articles.
Young writers who have not previously published on a large platform may find it increasingly difficult to break in with us.
Our best articles make one claim that is unique and unmissable, packaged within an article that is solidly biblical, clearly written, well illustrated, thoughtfully applied to daily life, and naturally integrated into the core teachings of desiringGod.org and John Piper.
We are not looking for sermon outlines, blog posts, or personal meditations. Our platform now favors full-fledged articles, well researched, peer reviewed, vetted, and written by fairly experienced writers with a background in a given topic, all in 700–900 words.
Please do not send us guest submissions in excess of 1,000 words.
What We Need from You
Please send us the first draft of your article as a single-spaced Word document with one empty line between paragraphs and no indenting. Keep the formatting simple. Use Times New Roman font, 12 point. If you wish, add section headings every three to five paragraphs. Please type out, in full, Bible references: (Psalm 16:11) not (Ps. 16:11).
Be sure to add a short bio of three sentences or less at the beginning, a high-res headshot, and your Twitter handle (optional).
When you contact us, please include your church affiliation.
- Pastors: Please mention your church name and web address.
- Missionaries: Please mention your sending organization.
- All other contributors: Please mention the name and web address of the church you attend, the present condition of your membership there, and one pastoral reference (name and email).
If we decide to publish your piece, it will be edited carefully, given a header image, and likely given a different title than you suggested in the initial draft. We will spread the article via our social media channels.
To answer a few of the most common questions: We do not publish book excerpts, and we do not post any content that already has appeared online. We do not include advertisements or promotional images to draw attention to conferences or an author’s book(s); however we do display a headshot and short bio of the author, with appropriate links to resources (two max). We also create an author page for you on the site that includes a headshot, Twitter handle, and links to any content you’ve written at our site.
If we publish your article at desiringGod.org, you can re-purpose the material as a future article on another site or in a book project. Here’s our publishing agreement:
By publishing at desiringGod.org, you grant us the exclusive right for this content for one week following publication. After the one week expires, we retain a non-exclusive right to host the content in perpetuity, and you (the author) retain the copyright and the freedom to re-publish the content elsewhere, with the request that it be noted the article first appeared at desiringGod.org (and hyperlinked).
Ready to take the next step?
Submit a short article brief (100 words), or the first draft of your article, to a Desiring God editor (if you already have an email contact). Or email us: articles@desiringGod.org. We will get back to you within a week. Thanks for taking the first step in partnering with us as we advance the glorious truth that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him!