Write for devozine

The meditations in devozine are written by real people—like you! These FAQs cover everything you need to know.

What is devozine?

  • A bimonthly, 64-page magazine for teens written by teens and by adults who love them
  • Each issue includes daily meditations and weekend articles focusing on nine weekly themes
  • Meditations may be expressed as scripture, prose, poetry, prayers, stories, songs, art, photos
  • Readers and writers include persons of many different denominations and cultures

Who reads devozine?

  • Young people ages 14–19 who seek personal devotional readings
  • Youth groups who seek devotional reflections
  • Adults who seek to understand youth spirituality

What are some tips for devotional writing?

  • Devotional writing should invite people to come closer to God.
  • It should capture real experiences of real people who are struggling to apply their faith to everyday life.
  • It should express only one main idea and leave one memorable image with the reader.
  • It should lead persons into further conversation with God after they finish the meditation.
  • Your journal can be a great source of ideas for devotional writing because it records your real thoughts about your experiences.
  • Find details for writing a devozine Daily Meditation here.
  • Find details for writing a devozine Weekend Feature Article and Tips for Adult Writers here.

How can I find out about upcoming themes?

  • Check the Complete Themes List to find themes and writing deadlines for upcoming issues, as well as expanded theme questions to spark your creativity.
  • For a printed copy of upcoming themes and expanded theme questions, mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) to the address below.

What style of writing is appropriate for devozine?

  • Simply written (preferably in youth language), realistic and relevant to life experiences of youth, does not need to be overtly religious but should help to open youth to the life of faith that we all seek, inclusive of multicultural experiences.
  • If you are an adult writing for the devozine audience, these Tips for Adult Writers will give you lots of ideas for developing a youth-friendly writing style.
  • We seek to use language that is non-sexist and inclusive of everyone (for example: use words such as humankind, persons, or everyone instead of mankind or men in the familiar generic sense). We encourage the use of a wide range of biblical images for God.

How do I prepare my meditation?

  • Compose your meditation or article as an email, an online submission, or a typed or handwritten page (doubled-spaced on 8 ½” x 11” paper).
  • If you mail your manuscript to us and want your original submission to be returned, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE). We cannot acknowledge or return manuscripts submitted without an SASE, so please keep a copy of what you submit.
  • Be sure to note on your manuscript the issue and theme for which you are writing.

What other information do I need to include?

  • Name
  • Age/Birth Date (if you are younger than 25)
  • Mailing Address
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number (Please alert us if your contact information changes after you submit a meditation.)

Will my meditation be edited?

  • devozine reserves the right to edit a meditation for length, clarity, grammatical correctness, and biblical/theological integrity.
  • We are committed to preserving the integrity of the writer’s style, voice, language, and personal experience whenever possible.

To whom should I submit my manuscript?

Choose one of these three options to send your manuscript to Sandy Miller, Editor.

Online: Submit a Devo

Email: devozine@upperroom.org


Sandy Miller, Editor
1908 Grand Avenue
P.O. Box 340004
Nashville, TN 37203-0004

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