How to Write for RELEVANT

If you are interested in writing for RELEVANT magazine or RELEVANTmagazine.com, you've come to the right place. Before we go any further, below is a video of our founder Cameron Strang telling a bit of our story (watch it to make sure you get what we're about and what we're trying to accomplish):

RELEVANT covers faith, culture and intentional living. Our readership is culturally savvy, mainly Christian twenty- and thirtysomethings who are looking for purpose, depth and spiritual truth. Our mission is to challenge people to go further in their spiritual journey, live selflessly and intentionally, care about positively impacting the world around them, and find the unexpected places God is speaking in life, music and culture.

Please look over our writer's guidelines below. We welcome new writers but obviously prefer to use those with previous journalism/writing experience. Thanks again for your interest. We look forward to working with you.

To pitch a story idea or submit a feature for RELEVANTmagazine.com, contact us here. If the link above doesn't work, email us at submissions@relevantmediagroup.com. For more information on what we're looking for, read below.

If you are a published journalist inquiring about contributing to the print magazine, contact us here. For more information on what we're looking for, read below.

RELEVANTmagazine.com

With a monthly reach of more than 2,000,000 unique national and international visitors and growing, RELEVANT features daily, web-exclusive content separate from the print magazine.

•Current is our Op Ed section covering national and global issues, including politics. We want timely, thoughtful commentary on the issues that matter to our audience. 750-1,000 words.

•The God section explores spiritual topics (spiritual disciplines, relationship with God, others and the Church, worship). 750-1,000 words

•Life covers just that: life (relationships, career, finance, travel, psychology and ethics/morality). 750-1,000 words

•Culture talks about what's new and noteworthy in culture—trends, fashion, film, TV, arts and music. Reviews: 600-800 words; features 750-1,000 words.

•Reject Apathy talks about social justice from a whole-life perspective—sustainable change, sacrificial living, spiritual impact. 750-1,000 words.

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The RELEVANT Story
Queries:
For pitches, include a summary describing the article idea, an approximate length and date it could be finished.

Submissions:
We prefer submissions as Word attachments. Your name, photo and one- to two-sentence bio should be included with your submission. Submissions to the website are on a donation basis (byline and bio are compensation). Articles are automatically archived. Please double-check spelling and grammar before submitting. All articles will be edited for length, grammar, content, style and tone.

RELEVANT magazine (print and iPad edition)

Published bi-monthly, RELEVANT holds the highest standard in editorial quality. What makes RELEVANT unique? The ability to look at life and culture from a God-centered perspective.

If you are a published journalist interested in contributing to the print magazine, please send an email with three samples of your work attached. Please note: We're not interested in first-person voice for the print magazine. If you are not a published journalist, please submit your story ideas for the website, not the print magazine.

• Our faith-focused features fall into three categories: 1) practical or intellectual; 2) a challenging, passion-stirring call for the individual reader to have a deeper relationship with God; or 3) a global perspective or notice of widespread spiritual movements.

• Life features cover a gamut of everyday life issues—career, finances, relationships, health and more—from a God-centered lens. (For example, if we're covering something like investing, we're doing it with the context that money isn't everything; we need to be good stewards with what God's blessed us with.) We can give the same good, journalistic info that another magazine would, but the perspective of our piece is slightly different. That unique worldview must permeate everything we write.

•Culture spotlights, Q&As and features look at and interview the hottest names in culture (music, film, TV, books) with a spiritual angle.

Note: We suggest you check out several issues of RELEVANT in print before submitting an article query. Back issues are available through the RELEVANT Store, or you can buy the current issue at newsstands nationwide. You can also buy the iPad Edition through our app in the iTunes newsstand.

Once a print assignment is made (we assign one month out from the bi-monthly editorial deadline), the article should be emailed by midnight of the deadline given. If the article does not meet the deadline or does not meet editorial standards, we reserve the right to refuse payment. Payment is within 45 days of publication of accepted article. Prices paid vary per assignment. Articles will also appear in a digital edition of the print magazine at our website. This is for promotional purposes, and no additional compensation will be paid.

For print submissions and queries, include a summary describing the article idea, an approximate length and the date it could be finished. Email submissions preferred; please refrain from phone or fax pitches. Please note that all articles will be edited for length, grammar, content, style and tone.

Final Words

We do our best to respond to all inquiries, but be aware we are sometimes inundated. If you have not heard back from us after 4-6 weeks, please assume we will not be able to use your idea or submission.

EDITORIAL INFORMATION (updated 04/16/13)

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Doloreseplante commented…

It took moving to China, living under a black cloud of Satan, to see the destruction he reins on all of us. In China, he's drained all hope from the poor, filled the middle class with greed, and the rich with distain. The saddest part, it I actually feel more alive in Christ and fill with the Spirit here, than back at home. We are allowing Satan's lies to pacify us into believing that God's blessings are materialistic, that our wants are our needs, and our personal happiness depends on our situations. Open your eyes! There is a battle happening all around us and we need to be a part of it!

Paula Sievers

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Paula Sievers commented…

"Where is God in Mental Illness?" written by Evelyn Anne Clausen a while back illicits a response with heartfelt understanding. I am a bi-polar individual having suffered from this debilitating roller coaster of mania and depression for forty years. I was converted early on, which was an extreme advantage, bringing hope and the knowledge that Christ's perfection, not mine, would aid in my recovery.

You see, it was then that I realized that my identity in this world was actually formed by Christ.

I could stand aside, as it were, helpless, depressed, psychotic, fearful, and confused and let Jesus enter my world in all His glory and perfection saying, "Paula, I am here as your anchor to steady the boat in this turbulent journey you face."

"Why then, Lord, did you allow so many horrifying incidents to happen since then?" I was hospitalized nine times; saw countless psychiatrists and was on numerous pill regiments throughout the years; attempted suicide four times; was homeless twice; had two head-on collisions for speeding; attended five colleges with no degrees; and had seventeen jobs before the age of twenty-three. Through it all, my faith lingered, but as a "mustard seed". But God has His way of making all things work together for good. He has given me the opportunity to be the author of "The Bi-Polar's Song", currently on Amazon. The book is a frank look at my past which includes whimsical and thoughtful poetry. It was created out of empathy for those who travel this difficult road as well. None of us desire to have life's insanity touch us, but for those who suffer, much love, compassion, and understanding are the keys to helping the mentally ill survive.

I come across loved ones and caregivers all the time through my speeches who share their stories. The common thread of my response is to turn to the great healer, Christ, whose resurrected power and grace enable each of us to walk outside the door each day with
confidence in him rather than ourselves. May God Bless each one of you until we meet in Heaven where no tears and no suffering will plague us at all.

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Nikolaus Goodner

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Nikolaus Goodner commented…

How do you submit an article for online consideration? 'contact us here' button doesn't work.

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Jim van Ommen commented…

Man discovers God

Physicists finally have done it. They have come across the illusive Higgs boson commonly known as the “God particle” and cracked the code of the cosmos DNA , so to speak. The particle is infinitely small, smaller than they have come across so far. However, scientist believe that it is inversely huge in its significance, because you might say they are getting to the core of things.
This God particle would indeed appear to be the fundamental corner stone of modern physics, and is somewhat on a par with the discovery of the molecular structure of the DNA in genetic science, also something infinitely small , but of huge significance.
But for a moment let’s put science and scientists under the microscope, I mean their pursuits, discoveries and inventions. Do we just blindly accept their outcomes, for better for worse or is it relevant to ask a few questions such as; are scientist’s motivations to discover and to invent for the benefit and wellbeing of society as a whole, or are there more selfish pursuits, like curiosity, pride, fame and wealth? Let’s face it they spend billions of taxpayer’s money in space exploration and many other areas of research. We can ask the same questions of the countries and their corporate and political powers who have seized on to these technologies in order to lord it over others for economic, scientific and military supremacy reasons.
We may think we are ever so clever with all our new inventions and developments, but in my opinion the western world has been frightfully slow in using their technologies such as solar power, wind power, tidal power, wave power, thermal power, desalination plants etc. for the benefit of the underdeveloped world. They need all of these to provide them with fresh water, electric power and other forms of energy in order to supply them with the most basics of human needs. Very soon that basic need for everyone of us will include; How to keep our heads above water, literally as well as environmentally. I doubt that the Higgs Boson can help us there.
As Christians we need to heed the warnings that we are given by scientists and put an end to polluting our own environment and not be side-tracked by political opportunism based on ignorance and greed.
The Bible also talks about something very, very small but of infinitely greater significance than any human invention. It would be great if we went into search for that part of God’s creation, a gift called faith, faith smaller than a mustard seed and take it into our laboratories for maximum utilisation. We would not only be providing the needs of billions of people around the globe, but also discover the purpose of our existence and have real peace, direction, fulfilment and joy as only our Creator God can give us.

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