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Young Disciple magazine is a weekly publication dedicated to the preparation of young people for heaven. The target age group is roughly grades 5-8. We recognize that these youth are at an age where many important decisions will be made, and we want to point them to Christ and to His eternal principles. Our goal is to glorify God, and our guides are the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy. In view of this, we encourage all prospective writers to study the book, Counsels to Writers and Editors, by Ellen White.
Of course, no matter how spiritual the story or excellent the lesson, it will do no good if no one reads it. To help your story or article capture the attention of the reader, here are some principles to keep in mind:
Standards: In keeping with the goals of Young Disciple magazine, our policy is to publish no stories or articles glorifying competition, unhealthful lifestyles, immodest dress, film, sports, rock stars, or worldly entertainment. Vivid depictions of sinful lifestyles and disrespectful, sarcastic conversations cannot be used. Writers should also avoid slang expressions.
We will return your manuscript if you so request and include an envelope with correct postage.
Remuneration varies according to quality, need, length, and other considerations.
Rights: We prefer first magazine rights.
Submissions should be sent to:
Submissions should contain the author's name, address, and the approximate number of words in the article. Articles are best if typed and double spaced, or they may be submitted electronically in an attached Word file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Query letters are welcome.
Most illustrations used in Young Disciple magazine are assigned in advance. If you would like to illustrate a story or article for the magazine, please contact the editor with your qualifications and several samples of your work, particularly drawings of people.
In illustrating for Young Disciple magazine, please keep the following in mind:
Presentation: Drawings that have a good contrast between the subject and the background work best. Busy, blurred, complicated drawings are usually less desirable. The artist should keep in mind a definite light source, to give the illustration a more true-to-life touch.
Medium: Color is preferred, whether pencils, water colors, pastels, acrylics, oils, or other media. Paper should be able to accept the chosen medium without wrinkling or buckling.
Paper size: 8 1/2 x 11" works well. In most situations, it is better for the artist to fade out the edges of the picture, rather than cropping it (ending it with an abrupt edge). This gives more options for the designer. A cropped drawing severely limits us on how it can be used, and occasionally we have had to reject an otherwise good drawing because of this.
Subject matter: All our illustrations should be true to life. Cartoon-type illustrations are not acceptable. Young Disciple magazine endeavors to hold up the highest Christian standards. We believe this should be reflected in our illustrations. Girls should be dressed modestly in skirts or dresses, with no sleeveless blouses or low necklines. Boys should not be portrayed in tank tops or faddish attire. Neither sex should be depicted with trendy fashions, jewelry, extreme hairstyles, etc.
Remuneration will be according to quality, need, detail, skill, timeliness, and other considerations.
Most photographs used in Young Disciple magazine are assigned in advance. If you would like to do photography for the magazine, please contact the editor with your qualifications and several samples of your work, particularly photographs of people.
On a freelance basis, Young Disciple magazine occasionally buys photographs of young people in a variety of settings, activities, and poses. We want to portray "young disciples" in wholesome activities of life. The subject matter we might consider would include the following:
Studying; camping; hiking; visiting friends; visiting sick or elderly; reading the Bible; witnessing activities; gardening; caring for younger children, sewing; knitting, doing needlework; working with wood/tools/cars, etc.; cooking/baking/ironing/cleaning; playing an instrument; singing; playing in snow; arranging flowers; with parents, pets, or hobbies.
Because we desire to portray only the highest standards of Christian deportment and appearance, each photo published must be in harmony with several basic principles:
Each photo used must clearly show the subject without a distracting background. Your photo will be returned to you upon request. Query letters are welcome. Payment upon usage, quality, appropriateness, and other considerations.
We advise that you communicate in advance regarding scanning parameters.
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