Guidelines for Guest Bloggers

PLEASE READ EVERYTHING BEFORE YOU SUBMIT

If you don’t know what our guidelines are, your article won’t fit them, and we won’t be able to publish it.

Format

  • Editing. We reserve the right to make any edits we deem necessary, but we’d like to make as few edits as possible. Please check your work for misspellings, homonyms, punctuation or wording errors. Do not write in ALL CAPS, or do anything whatsoever inventive with your format. If your article is going to cost us too much time to edit, we will not publish it.
  • Paragraphs. Your article will get reformatted when we put it up on our website, but we would appreciate it if you tried to keep your paragraphs short and snappy. Online content needs to read quickly and easily, so we will be breaking up any paragraphs we think are too long.
  • Title. Besides excellent content, an article needs an eye-catching title. Keep it short, try to make it interesting. Remember, it’s the first thing anyone will see—you need to make them interested, convince them you have something valuable to say. Do your best! However, we also reserve the right to change your title if we think it is necessary.
  • Length. Your article should be between 400 and 800 words. If it is too long, we may ask you to shorten it, trim it ourselves, or we may simply decide not to publish it.

Optional:

  • Keywords. To optimize searchability and reference on the blog, we use keywords. Including a list of four or five keywords that you think sum up your article is an optional, but very helpful, addition to your article.
  • Summary. Please write a short (three or four sentences) summary of your article that we can use to introduce your article and promote it on our social media pages. Don’t give away your conclusion, but introduce the question or problem that you are dealing with and invite the interest of your potential readers. This saves us a step if you can write a good summary.
  • Author Bio. You may want to include a very short (only a couple sentences) author biography at the bottom of your article, with a link back to your blog or website (if you have one). Who are you? What experiences formed the insights in your article? See our current team here.

Content

  • The Josh McDowell Ministry is a Christian Ministry. While people who do not share our faith may have valuable things to say on many topics, if your article contradicts our statement of faith, we won’t be able to publish it.
  • Remember your audience. The blogs we publish on Josh.org and various social media outlets are meant for a wide audience of believers and seekers. Make sure your content is accessible, actionable, and appropriate.

What do we mean by that?

  • Accessible means that your content should be geared towards a wide, diverse audience, not a specialized group (like academics or experts in a given field). This doesn’t mean you dumb things down, but that you are careful to explain if you use technical or otherwise obscure language (theological language, too).
  • Actionable means that you’re giving our audience something they can apply in their life. Josh’s ministry is focused on the grace and forgiveness of God, not condemnation. Don’t just tell us something is wrong, tell us what we can do about it!
  • Appropriate does not mean that you shy away from difficult topics—but it does mean you approach them respectfully and carefully. You may have readers that are very young, and while we believe the truth is always appropriate, we do not believe in being unnecessarily offensive or shocking. Please make sure the content fits within the context of our ministry. If your topic falls very far from our ministry purpose, we will not accept it.  We simply cannot address every topic known to man, nor are we experts in every topic.
  • Tone is important. We mentioned this above, but it bears restating. Josh’s ministry is grace-focused, not condemnation-focused. We are all sinners in need of a Savior, and we hope our content will offer healing and hope to people in their daily struggles. We ask that you keep this in mind as you write.
  • Do your own writing. This really ought to be obvious, and we would like to think this is an unnecessary point, but all the same: if you plagiarize in your article we will not publish it. If you quote someone, use quotation marks, and give credit to your source. If you are using ideas or information that are not simply common knowledge, that you got from someone else, credit your source. If you find that most or all of your article is quotation, then it’s not really your article. We want to know what you have to say.

BEFORE YOU SUBMIT:

  • Remember that articles that do not meet our guidelines will not get published.
  • You’re welcome to put a link back to your site, but if your article is an attempt to gain instant notoriety or is a sales pitch, it will not get published.
  • Keep in mind that if you are not willing to work with us and be open to editorial feedback and resubmissions, your article will not get published.
  • Please be patient. The Ministry has a very small web staff. We will try to get back to you within a week, but we cannot guarantee it. We will respond as soon as we are able!
  • We may not be able to publish everything we receive. Even if your article meets every one of our criteria, we still may not have space for it in our schedule of blogs. We will accept articles on the basis of our current needs and the gaps we need to fill in our content.
  • Lastly, thank you for your contribution! We deeply appreciate the time and effort you’ve put into your article.

 

If you’re ready, submit here:      SUBMIT