Writer Guidelines


Alive Now is a devotional magazine that nurtures the spiritual lives of individuals hungry for God. The magazine invites readers to enter an ever-deepening relationship with God, helps them to open and unclutter their hearts, encourages them to reflect on contemporary issues from a faith perspective.

General Guidelines

Each issue of this bimonthly, 48-page magazine focuses on a contemporary topic that impacts the faith life. Readers are drawn into the theme and invited to deepen their relationship with God and others. The magazine may be used by individuals or in small groups. The magazines contain scripture, prayers, meditations, stories, poetry, reflection aids, photographs, and art. Each issue identifies a prayer practice related to that issue’s theme. Seasonal material, both theological and liturgical, is appropriate.


Alive Now is ecumenical, including both lay persons and church professionals. Our readers are primarily adults — from young adults to older adults — and include persons of many cultures and ethnic backgrounds.

Style and Format

Your submissions should invite readers to seek God in the midst of daily life by exploring how contemporary issues impact their faith lives. We do not pretend to have the final answer to life’s dilemmas. But we hope that the magazine will provide a glimpse of the life of faith to which we all are called.

Submit for a Theme

We make selections based on a list of upcoming themes. Manuscripts that do not fit a theme will not be considered. To receive theme descriptions and due dates by mail, please send your request to us with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. We place manuscripts on long-term hold for specific issues. Authors are free to request that their manuscripts be returned to them at any time during the long-term hold.

Meditations and stories should be less than 250 to 400 words. With the J/F 2011 issue, we have redesigned the magazine and are printing mostly shorter pieces: prayers, poetry, short stories. Send your best work. Use language that is inclusive. Material that contains sexist language and imagery is difficult to use.

Manuscript Preparation

We prefer submissions typed into email or attached as Microsoft® Word documents but also accept mailed submissions. Mailed contributions should be typed, double-spaced, on 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper and should be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return. If you are submitting material for more than one theme, send an SASE for each theme represented. On each page you submit, include your name, address, and the theme for which the piece is being sent.

Notification and Payment


Freelance photographs are not accepted. If you are a photographer who would like to have your work considered, send an email with a link to your website to alivenow@upperroom.org.

Sending Manuscripts

Mail manuscripts to:
Beth A. Richardson, Editor
Alive Now
1908 Grand Avenue
P.O. Box 340004
Nashville, TN 37203-0004

Email electronic manuscripts to: