Good Guest Writing at Desiring God
Fifteen of Our Favorite Contributions
Thank you for your interest in writing for desiringGod.org. This short article will hopefully answer some of your questions.
We should begin by saying that due to seasons of heavy volume, often many very good article submissions that come in to us are turned down. But however unfortunate, this reality never stops us from entertaining new authors and watching for fresh articles that will edify our broad readership.
Our focus is narrow. We need articles that focus on joy in God, and expresses a key insight from the Bible in a fresh story. The best genre for what we're looking for is creative non-fiction. And we are deeply committed to the Bible, to exegesis, and to a Reformed understanding of salvation and sanctification (aka Calvinism). The aroma of God's sovereignty is present in just about everything we publish. Our aim is to serve up this robust theology through the voice of a living and breathing writer with a personal encounter to tell. So how does theology intersect your life? Such a question is often the doorway to our best articles.
Our guest posts vary in length depending on content, but 700–900 words is the sweet spot.
As for formatting, please send us a Word document with one space between paragraphs and no indenting. Keep it simple by using a Times New Roman font, 12 point. Feel free to add section headings every three-to-five paragraphs, if you like. And be sure to add a short bio of three sentences at the beginning (and please include your Twitter handle).
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To answer a few of the most common questions: We do not publish book excerpts, and we do not post any content that has already appeared online. We do not include advertisements or promotional images to draw attention to an author’s books. Rather, this is done by offering a short biography of the author, with appropriate links, that appears at the bottom of each article. We also create an author page for you on the site that includes a headshot, Twitter handle, and links to all 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 your article to a Desiring God editor if you already have an email contact, or if not, connect with @tonyreinke on Twitter, and send a concept brief (a short summary of your article idea, or ideas).
To help out, we have collected a list of some our best guest contributions (as of August 2014). Reading through a few these pieces would be an excellent exercise in getting a sense for what we think is model content for online articles.