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Guidelines For Writers

We appreciate your interest in writing for Today's Believer. We welcome new writers and new ideas. We only endorse Christian views and interests. Feel free to print these guidelines for future reference.

OUR PURPOSE
Today's Believer is a high-quality, well-rounded bi-monthly Christian online magazine for equipping today's believer for daily living in today's era. It is designed to provide today's believer with the nuts and bolts to successfully tackle today's cold realities of life in a way pleasing to God. Today's Believer is not about theology.

CATEGORY GUIDELINES FOR YOUR SUBMISSIONS
Articles should be from one or more of the following categories:

  • FAITH-BUILDING ARTICLES
    Helpful and resourceful articles that provide thought-provoking messages for daily strength in the daily walk with God to face the cold realities of life in today's environment. The content should be as practical as possible to help build up people to live a life pleasing to God in today's environment.
  • MARRIAGE, FAMILY AND RELATIONSHIPS
    Articles cover marriage and family, successful parenting, relationships, teens and young adults in today's world. Content must provide practical insights for building stronger marriage relationships, good parenting habits and solid advice for teens and young adults.
  • PERSONAL FINANCE
    Articles that provide readers with information that help them gain important insights that reveal practical and helpful biblical truths to make financial decisions with confidence. Articles must be easy-to-read articles.
  • EDUCATION
    Articles are in a broad range of educational topics including post-secondary education, counseling, financial aid, career planning, educational products and general information on college life that can provide informative articles regarding the various aspects of education. These articles must offer practical educational advice on educational issues.
  • HEALTH
    Articles that provide information and tips on healthy living, healthy eating habits (including healthy recipes), fun exercise ideas, to promote health and wellness. We also recognize the importance of the relationship between a healthy mind and body and the need to focus on faith and wellness. Articles must inspire and empower readers to take control and improve their health. Here we're looking for articles on healthy living, healthy eating habits (including healthy recipes), fun exercise ideas, and teen health issues.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR ARTICLE QUALIFICATION
For your article to qualify for publication on our site, the following conditions must apply.

  1. Your article is original and that you wrote it yourself. You warrant that your article does not infringe another's copyright or proprietary rights and does not violate any person's right of privacy and is not defamatory.

  2. You warrant that you possess any and all required rights as relates to the content, for which you are using our services to publish and you are not violating any rights of third parties whatsoever, no legal provisions, nor the conditions of these Terms and Conditions. In case you are not owner of the rights in any content provided by you, you ensure that you have effectively procured any necessary assignments, licenses, permissions, consent and the like. In case you violate this pre-requisite warranty, you absolve us, as per paragraph 4, from any liability to third parties and hold us harmless to the fullest extent.

  3. You give Today's Believer the right to republish the article in print, online, and to include the article in electronic archives and databases, whether maintained by Today's Believer or by third parties.

  4. You hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless Today's Believer, as well as the officers, employees, representatives, partners, and agents of Today's Believer on first demand from any claim or demand of any kind made by any third party due to or arising out of content published or your violation of the Terms and Conditions, or your violation of any rights of another. This includes in each instance reasonable attorneys' fees.

  5. Your article must be informative and share your unique expertise. Include tips, strategies, techniques, case-studies, analysis, opinions and commentary in your articles. Must not be a press release, advertisement, sales letter, promotional copy, or blatant and excessive self-promotion or hype.

  6. Your article must have proper English, spelling, grammar, punctuation, capitalization and sentence structure. We understand there is a variation in what is considered "proper English." However, we ask that you at least be consistent within your article.

  7. Your article must be proofed and double checked for accuracy. If English is your second language, we strongly suggest that you have it proofed by someone whose native language is English before submitting your articles to us.

  8. Your article must not contain: pornography/adult material, hate or violence-oriented, suggest racial intolerance, advocate against any individual or group, have insulting, obscene, degrading tone, or contain profanity.

  9. You will not submit the exact same article as one that you already submitted. Some authors submit the same article multiple times with only a few words changed in the body – we reject these and ban authors who engage in this practice.

  10. Your article is not a response to articles we have already published, a reply to a personal email, letter or other correspondence.

  11. Your article must not contain excessive and/or bolded keywords/ phrases. Bolding is limited to headings and subheadings.

  12. You will be deemed to have accepted these terms upon submission of your article. If you do not accept these terms, you need to notify us immediately before your article is first published.

AUTHOR TERMS OF SERVICE
By submitting your article(s) to us;

  1. You declare that you are the sole owner and author of the article and own 100% of all copyrights pertaining to it.

  2. Your submission to Today's Believer gives unconditional permission for us to publish your article on our website and other outlets we may deem fit.

  3. Your submission to Today's Believer also gives unconditional permission for your articles to be reprinted on other websites and print publications. You acknowledge that the enforcement of our terms of service for publishers is at your risk and cost and not ours. In other words, it will be 100% up to you to take legal action against those who abuse your copyright to protect your interests if someone violates your copyright. If you do not agree to these terms, do not submit your articles.

  4. It is at the sole discretion of Today's Believer as to whether your article is published and for how long. There are no guarantees made that your article(s) will be published. Quality matters.

  5. Today's Believer reserves the right to edit all submissions for length, clarity, organization, and style; substantive changes are subject to author approval. Please read our editorial guidelines before submitting your articles to save time and speed the article approval process. We reserve the right to refuse to publish any article and/or pull them from our website at any time for any reason without further contact.

  6. Today's Believer reserves the right to re-classify your article in a topic category that may be more suitable than originally submitted.

  7. You acknowledge that we do not pay for submissions to Today's Believer and we do not require publishers to pay you for their use of your article. The primary reason for submitting your article to Today's Believer is for the chance to be picked up by publishers or webmasters to be reprinted to their respective audiences.

  8. Today's Believer is advertiser supported. We reserve the right to publish ads on the same pages as your articles.

ARTICLES LENGTH AND FORMAT POLICY

Article Title:

  1. Each Word in Your Article Title Must Be Capitalized. We will not accept your TITLE in all CAPS. It is not required that you capitalize common words such as "a" - "the" - "to" - "for" etc, we accept these either way.

  2. Do not include QUOTES around your entire TITLE.

  3. Do NOT end your TITLE with a period.

  4. Author name or any website URL in your TITLE is not acceptable.

  5. Prescription Drug names in the title of your article is not acceptable.

  6. Your article TITLE must have at least a MINIMUM of two unique words.

  7. Slang terms or profanity in the TITLE are not acceptable.

  8. Article body must deliver what is promised in the article title. Do not submit your article if your article body cannot deliver what the title promises.

Author Name

  1. All articles must include your first and last names after the article title, e.g. By First and Last Names.

  2. Your first and last names must begin with a capital letter.

Article Keywords

  1. Include keywords (of phrases) that people looking for your article(s) might use for searching for your article. Be sure that those exact phrases appear in your article or summary, so that they will turn up at the top of a search result listing.

Article Body

  1. 1. Your article must be a minimum of 400 words and no more than 1500 words. For us, an ideal article size is 400 – 750 words. We suggest you split your article in parts if you have an article longer than 1500 words.

  2. Articles should be written in a clear, informal style free of jargon and must be single-spaced.

  3. Do not repeat your TITLE and AUTHOR NAME at the top of the ARTICLE BODY.

  4. Copyrights or reprint rights statement if any must be at the bottom of the article.

  5. Do not include your URL or product pitch or blatant self-promotion. We will reject your article without notice. Your short BIOGRAPHY is where you get to pitch yourself or your website address.

  6. No teaser links or phrases that require a reader to click away from the article or reference another source in order to receive the full benefit of what has been promised in the title.

Article Summary
You may include a summary if you wish. If you do, you still must not exceed 1500 words.

Author Biography
All articles must include a short author biography (no more than 100 words) including the link to your website if any.


ACCEPTABLE ARTICLES
Articles that build faith are deemed acceptable. Articles should be as practical as possible, having a distinct Christian perspective throughout. All articles must be backed by the bible.

UNACCEPTABLE ARTICLES
Book reviews, fiction, or articles laced with sarcasm or the occult.

SUBMITTING YOUR ARTICLE
Send all submissions electronically to: submissions@todaysbeliever.org.

When submitting your article, please classify the article topic category. You may send more than one article at a time.

All articles must be submitted as a microsoft word email attachment. Please include your contact address, including your email address.

REMOVING OLD WORK
We do not remove pieces from the archives. This is in part because removing pieces from the archives requires a great deal of work to repair all the corresponding links. Also permanent inclusion in the archives has always been a condition of acceptance, and primarily because we have no interest in dismantling something that has taken so much effort to build. In addition, we feel that there's something sad about not letting the record speak for itself. We urge you not to second guess what you wrote at an earlier period in your life, just as we prefer not to second guess what we accepted for earlier issues.

REMARKS
We will DO OUR BEST, but we can't promise, to let you know if or when, it will be published. It can take several days before an article gets published IF it gets published. Because of limited space we cannot publish all articles. Unfortunately it is not possible for us to explain why your article has not been selected for publication.


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