Good Guest Writing at Desiring God

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, to a Reformed understanding of salvation and sanctification (some call it “Calvinism”), and to the vision of life and ministry we call Christian Hedonism.

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.

The Details

Over the years we have published hundreds of excellent pieces from guest writers. We continue our commitment to working with guest authors who are theologically like-minded, but we hold a very small number of slots for guest contributions, which means we can only publish the best of the best, and we must decline the vast majority of submissions we receive. Young writers who have not previously published on another platform will 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, poems, or informal personal meditations. We publish only fully-developed articles, well-researched, peer-reviewed, and written by fairly experienced writers with a background in a given topic, all in 700–900 words.

Please do not send guest submissions in excess of 1,000 words.

What We Need from You

Please send 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). Include your church affiliation:

  • Pastors: mention your church name and web address.
  • Missionaries: mention your sending organization.
  • All other contributors: mention the name and web address of the church to which you belong, the status 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 nightly email and social media channels.

FAQs

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.

Fine Print

If we publish your article at desiringGod.org, you can re-purpose the material for future publication as you see fit. Here’s our publishing agreement:

By submitting your content to us for potential publishing at desiringGod.org, you grant us the exclusive right to publish your content for one week following its initial publication. After the one week expires, you grant us a non-exclusive right to continue to host and make available your content at desiringGod.org in perpetuity, and you are free to re-publish the content elsewhere, with the request that it be noted the article first appeared at desiringGod.org (and hyperlinked). All other rights related to your content are expressly reserved and retained by you. You represent and warrant that the content is your original work, it is previously unpublished, you hold all copyright in it, and it does not violate any right or law. You agree that the timing, manner, categorization, tagging, titling, description, and general presentation of your content, including associated images and whether or not to publish it, is at our sole discretion.

Connect

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 at articles@desiringGod.org. We will try to 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.