Does the phrase “submitting a guest post” evoke terror in your bones? Are you beside yourself when you think about putting yourself out there to be assessed and potentially rejected by another?
Guess what? We’ve all been there. Submitting an article or a guest post to a blog or other publication can be a very scary endeavor—but it’s worth it. The exercise will stretch you as a writer, and with persistence and hard work, your efforts will eventually open up doors you never dreamed were possible.
If you don’t know where to start, the website, Beyond Your Blog, has a wealth of information about places to submit guest posts and articles, both paid and unpaid. One resource includes a compilation list of 1,129 Places that Pay for Your Writing!
Christian Websites Accepting Guest Posts
If you’re a Christian woman, here’s a list I compiled of places to submit guest posts:
Those with known paying opportunities at the time of publication have been indicated.
iBelieve.com exists “to help women wrestle with the deeper issues of how their faith relates to the world around them. It seems that Christian women today are facing a set of challenges unique to their generation. With an emphasis on personal experiences, our goal is to create a team of writers and bloggers looking to share how they have seen the struggles and triumphs of life through the lens of the Christian faith. We hope to create a place where our audience can feel uplifted by authentic examination of what it means to be a Christian woman in today’s culture. Read daily devotions for women, blogs by your favorite Christian female bloggers, articles on faith, relationships, health and beauty, food and home, and motherhood.”
Women Leading Women is a site that seeks to “offer everyday encouragement as well as practical takeaways rooted in Biblical truths for those in the trenches of leading.” They’re looking for posts that are 300-500 words, written for women in some form of leadership or ministry.
Whole Magazine is accepting posts on topics including faith & inspiration, marriage & relationships, family & parenting, single & content, Christian lifestyle, theology, and international. Their “mission is to help lead women into transformational wholeness by sharing sound Gospel-centered, theological content from a Reformed perspective.”
Christian Courier is a Canadian bi-weekly publication serving North American Christians whose “content is an eclectic boutique of styles, opinions and flavors from a Reformed perspective…. with thoughtful response to the stories, issues and trends of today.” Payment details can be found in their submission guidelines. (PAID)
(in)courage is a Dayspring ministry, and they call themselves “a home for the hearts of women.” The editors say, “We are looking for original, compelling, well-written, story-driven articles that are full of hope to share with our community.” (in)courage opens for original, 400-700 word submissions for a limited time, four times per year—on the 1st of December, March, June, and September.
Velvet Ashes is “an online community to encourage and breathe hope into the lives of women serving overseas.” They provide weekly prompts, and welcome original submissions (600-900 words) from women living and serving overseas.
Thriving Family is published by Focus on the Family, and “helps families thrive in Christ, offering reliable and time-tested solutions, practical advice and sensible marriage and parenting guidance…The primary audience for Thriving Family is married parents with children (ages 0–18) at home. We also have content for blended families, adoptive and special-needs families.” Specific calls for Thriving Family and other Focus on the Family publications can be found here. (PAID)
Her.Meneutics is a brand of Christianity Today, providing “news and analysis from the perspective of evangelical women.” The site “strives to equip women (and not merely a few men) to engage the world of ideas, cultural trends, and global news through the lens of Christian faith.” Successful article submissions will be original, between 800-1,000 words long, include a timely hook and personal anecdote, and are written from a theological angle.
Start Marriage Right is a site dedicated to helping couples thrive in marriage after their wedding day. They offer “biblical insight on relationships, faith, sex, money, family, and other issues that all couples face as you prepare for marriage.” Interested writers can apply to become a regular contributor.
The Mudroom “is a place for the stories emerging in the midst of the mess. Our vision is simple: make room for people.” The Mudroom offers monthly themes for writers to address; deadlines for each month are the 15th of each prior month.
Relevant Magazine “covers faith, culture and intentional living. Our mission is to challenge people to go further in their spiritual journey, live selflessly and intentionally, care about positively impacting the world around them, and find the unexpected places God is speaking in life, music and culture.” Relevant offers online content as well as a separate print magazine. Writers are invited to check out the writers’ guidelines and submit queries to the editor. (PAID)
She Loves Magazine is described as “a global community of women –- a Sisterhood –- who want to know and experience freedom, justice and transformation, for ourselves and others. Our mission is: To mobilize and empower women, so we may transform our world together.” She Loves Magazine accepts a handful of unsolicited submissions each month. Writers are encouraged to write from the heart, and to engage with the community.
Grace Table “is a space for sharing stories about food, faith and how these things connect us to the world beyond our front doors. Here we celebrate the joy and beauty of practicing hospitality, as well as wrestle with the challenges that come with actually extending this kind of hospitality. One of the things we value here at GraceTable is space to hear other people’s stories. We want to know what practicing or receiving hospitality looks like in your life.” Send your original 500-800 word post for consideration.
Just Between Us Magazine “is a quarterly magazine especially for encouraging and equipping women for a life of faith and who want to go deeper in their love and service to Christ.” Various editorial needs and specific guidelines can be found on their website. (PAID)
Clubhouse Magazine “is a 32-page magazine designed to inspire, entertain and teach Christian values to children ages 8-12 … Parents trust Clubhouse to provide wholesome, educational material with Scriptural or moral insight.” Clubhouse is published by Focus on the Family and accepts both fiction and nonfiction pieces. (PAID)
Devozine is a “bi-monthly, 64-page magazine for teens written by teens and adults who love them.” Daily meditation submissions should be 150-250 words, and adhere to the themes and deadlines listed on the website. (PAID)
I Love Devotionals is a site dedicated to devotionals about lessons learned in life. The founder says, “I would love to hear from you about your moments when God collides with your everyday moments or how he shows up in the hard stuff.” Original submissions between 400-800 words are accepted.
Devotional Diva is a website that focuses on devotionals, family, relationships, healthy & body, and lifestyle. They accept stories between 500-700 words in length.
Uniquely Yours Ministries “is a non-denominational Christian ministry that seeks to lead women of all ages into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.”
Citizen Magazine is published by Focus on the Family, and aims “to provide hope by telling the stories of people and organizations that have successfully made a difference in their sphere of influence — and how they did it — so others can follow their example. When it comes to hot national topics, we provide an in-depth perspective from a Christian point of view that readers can’t get from the mainstream media.” (PAID)
God-Sized Dreams invites women to share their God-sized dream with their readership. “Share the stories from your journey — things you wish you knew when you started, stories of how you fell and got back up, the times you succeeded beyond what you thought was possible.” God-Sized Dreams is looking for original, 500-700 word submissions.
Guideposts “publishes true stories about people who have attained a goal, surmounted an obstacle or learned a helpful lesson through their faith. A typical story is a first-person narrative with a spiritual point that the reader can apply to his or her own life. The story may be your own or someone else’s.” Payment for full-length stories (about 1,500 words) is made upon acceptance. (PAID)
Copyright 2016 Kate Motaung as first published on Beyond Your Blog.
A Challenge For You:
As you build your inventory of polished pieces to submit, create a spreadsheet to keep track of websites, email addresses and contact names, dates of submission, expected response times, and responses received. It may seem silly in the beginning, but will prove very useful as the weeks pass.
Beginners: This assignment is two-fold: Submit and invite a guest post.
1) Research at least five publications that accept guest posts. Read their article submission requirements and brainstorm at least one guest post you could write. Outline your post and start a first draft. Set a deadline for yourself to complete the first draft, then send it to a writer friend to proofread and give constructive feedback. Make any necessary revisions, then submit the article. Then go for ice cream to celebrate your discipline, boldness, and major accomplishment! Even if you get a gracious “no” in response, you still took a huge step—and guess what? Now you have a completed article you can submit somewhere else! Just because you didn’t find the right home for it on the first try doesn’t mean you won’t ever find the right home. Even if you receive a rejection or three, keep trying! Don’t give up.
2) Think about someone you’ve met online. Whose writing do you admire? Whose words would you like to share on your site? Reach out to that person and invite them to share a guest post on your blog. Feel free to draw up some specific guidelines for what you expect, such as a general topic, word count, deadline, and any other requests such as a graphic, a headshot and bio, and/or a commitment to share the post on social media after it has been published.
If you have a byline or two under your belt, it’s time to stretch yourself further. What is that one publication where you think you’ll never be able to see your name? Which magazine or website seems just out of your reach? It’s time to lean and grunt until you brush your fingertips against it. Take a chance. Give it your best shot. Sure, they might say “no, thanks”—but you know what matters most? You tried.
And what about that one blogger or writer you would just squeal about if he or she agreed to share words on your site? Suck in a deep breath and pound out an email invitation, asking if they would be so kind as to guest post for you. You just never know what might happen! This week, do something that scares you. Click send.