Writer Guidelines

Upper Room Books® is an interdenominational, nonprofit publisher dedicated to inspiring devotion to God and creating Christian community. We are part of Upper Room Ministries®,* which also publishes The Upper Room daily devotional magazine. To learn more about Upper Room Books, please visit Upper Room Books Blog.

Resources from Upper Room Books guide readers in Christian spiritual formation, helping them discover, develop, and enrich a life of devotion and attention to God. We are looking for writers who

(1) illuminate God’s promise of intimate, life-giving relationship through Christ and the Holy Spirit for individuals, small groups, or churches.

(2) offer insights and guidance about praying and living faithfully; or

(3) can develop seasonal meditations for Advent and Lent.

Upper Room Books publishes between 15 and 25 each year.

NOTE: Upper Room Books does not publish fiction, children’s books, or poetry.


Who Reads Upper Room Books?

Our audience encompasses people of all ages with various religious backgrounds. Most are currently affiliated with a church or have been in the past, while some are unaffiliated seekers. Our resources speak to the needs of clergy and laypersons interested in spiritual formation and growth, single people, couples, families with children, youth, and youth workers. Books that cross these audience groupings include those designed for seasons of the Christian year and special occasions such as graduations and weddings.

Sending a Proposal to Upper Room Books

Once you have determined that your material shares the objectives of Upper Room Books, please submit a proposal consisting of

1. a working title,

2. a purpose statement; include the need your project intends to meet and list of current competition in the marketplace,

3. a clearly defined audience,

4. a table of contents; use brief annotations to describe proposed content of each chapter,

5. one chapter (only) fully written.

Upper Room Books encourages writers to use inclusive language in reference to God and people.

Proposals should be typed, double-spaced, and printed out on 8.5" by 11" white paper. Do not staple the pages together.

Include a self-addressed, stamped, return (#10) envelope. If you wish to have your material returned, also enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope large enough for return of your proposal. Mail your proposal to:

Upper Room Books

1908 Grand Avenue

Nashville, TN 37212

Upper Room Books does not accept submissions through e-mail. Each submission must be mailed in hard-copy form in order to reviewed. Proposals will be acknowledged and reviewed by an editor. Because of the volume of proposals, we cannot guarantee a quick response. Please allow 4 to 6 months. You will be notified of the editor’s decision. All of the editor's reports remain confidential.

We appreciate your interest in the publishing ministry of Upper Room Books.

*Upper Room Ministries is also a Division of The General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church.