Friends Journal welcomes articles, poetry, art, photographs, and
letters from our readers. We are also helped by your comments and
questions. We are an independent magazine serving the entire Religious
Society of Friends. Our mission is “to communicate Quaker experience
in order to connect and deepen spiritual lives,” which allows for a
variety of viewpoints and subject matter. We welcome submissions from
Friends and non-Friends alike.
We prefer articles written in a fresh, non-academic style. Friends
value an experiential approach to life and religious thought. Our
readers particularly value articles on: exploring Friends’
testimonies and beliefs; integrating faith, work and home lives;
historical and contemporary Friends; social concerns and actions; and
the variety of beliefs across the branches of Friends.
Friends Journal prefers articles with a constructive approach to
spiritual seeking. We seek an open, curious and respectful tone even
when discussing controversial subjects. We prefer articles rooted in
the author’s own experiences of the divine. Submissions should show
an awareness of Friends’ ways and concerns, as well as sensitivity
The magazine is published monthly (with a combined June/July issue) in
print and PDF editions. We have an active and growing website with
special web-only features focusing on timely topics, as well as
special selections from the Friends Journal archives. We are seeking
to publish more themed issues and to encourage and cultivate new
writers and fresh topics.
We are generally not able to pay for writing. Authors of
feature-length articles receive four free copies of the issue in which
the article appears, while poets receive two copies. Authors of
shorter material appearing in the departments will receive two free
copies upon request. We welcome inquiries about potential articles and
invite you to contact senior editor Martin Kelley at
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short general reflections of 600-800 words. POETRY
generally publish 2-3 poems in each issue. Please use this form for
all poetry, even poems that might be intended for specific issues.
ART AND PHOTOGRAPHS
artwork and photograph submissions for publication in the magazine.
ART AND PHOTOGRAPHS (FLICKR)
[https://www.flickr.com/groups/friendsjournal]: If you wish to send us
graphic material that's not attached to any article, please feel free
to join our Flickr group.
articles (about 1,000 words or less) found toward the back of each
issue that focus on one of our current Department categories,
including Earthcare, Friends in Business, History, Reflection, Faith
and Practice, and Witness. Click through to see the full list. NEWS
News, press releases, and reports from events. BOOK REVIEWS: We
do not accept unsolicited book reviews. Review copies of books by
Quaker authors or of interest to Friends Journal readers may be mailed
to our address [http://www.friendsjournal.org/contact-us/],
"Attn: Book Review Editor." If you would like to become a reviewer,
please contact us.
adoptions, marriages/unions, and deaths. QUAKER WORKS
semiannual feature dedicated to connecting Friends Journal readers to
the good works of Quaker organizations; the column is published in
the April and October issues each year. Organizations must meet
certain criteria in order to be included; click through for details.
FEATURE SUBMISSIONS AND UPCOMING TOPICS:
Feature articles generally run from 1,200 to 2,500 words. Most of our
issues are now themed, though we keep two issues a year un-themed in
order to highlight extraordinary articles. If your article does not
fit one of our upcoming issues, you can submit it as a "General
Feature Submission." Check out our past themes or suggest future