Good Guest Writing at Desiring God
Fifteen of Our Favorite Contributions
We appreciate your interest in writing for desiringGod.org.
We are regularly looking for great new articles to edify our readers, especially content that focuses on joy in God, or expresses a key insight from the Bible in a fresh story from your personal life experience. The best genre for what we're looking for is creative non-fiction. We are deeply committed to the Bible, to exegesis, and to Reformed theology (aka Calvinism). But our theology is served up through the voice of a living and breathing writer with a personal encounter to tell.
Our guest posts vary in length depending on content, but 700–1,000 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 and likely given a different title than you suggested in the initial draft.
To answer a few of the most common questions: We do not publish book excerpts, and we do not post any content that has already appeared online.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 robust biography of the author, with appropriate links, that appears at the bottom of each article you write for us. 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 you publish an article for desiringGod.org, you can re-purpose the material in a future article or 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 (hyperlinked).
We collected a list of 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.
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