ACFW Journal Magazine
The ACFW Journal is a full-color digital magazine from American Christian Fiction Writers. It is distributed quarterly to more than 3000 Christian fiction authors, aspiring writers, editors, agents, publicists and readers. The first issue launched April 1, 2012.
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ACFW Journal is now accepting your articles!
As an ACFW member, you are invited to participate in your magazine (it is one of your member benefits after all) by contributing articles.
A byline in ACFW Journal will do more than earn you money. It will also help you establish or build upon your author’s platform and give you name exposure within the industry. Plus, the opportunity to contribute to the magazine is open to all members—beginners to established professionals (some sections have experience qualifications).
Are you interested in contributing? Please query your idea to the editor at email@example.com. If you’re new to querying, email the editor for more information.
ACFW Journal prefers to not publish reprints—we’re looking for your best, freshest writing. We pay on publication and we buy first rights (inclusive of the right to publish your article online).
Freelance Opportunities Available
Content for ACFW Journal will be broken down into five main sections: Industry/Career, Marketing, Craft, The Writer’s Life, and ACFW News. There are abundant opportunities in each section. See details below.
In this section, contribute your industry and/or career experience.
- Ex.: You notice that a major bookstore chain is doing something special with Christian fiction on a regular basis and you decide that it might be a trend. You talk to bookstore chain officials and write a story.
- Ex.: You attend an industry event (ICRS or similar) and get the opportunity to talk to an industry expert.
- Ex.: You try a particular tactic to advance your career and it works well and you want to share.
This section will have a “Social Media” column that will rotate between various social media experts. If you think you’re qualified, email firstname.lastname@example.org. This section will also accept freelance articles about your personal experiences with marketing—what worked and what didn’t.
This section will be anchored by the return of “The Writer’s Toolbox,” where a top-level writer/editor/agent will share on an element of craft and how an author can improve. Additionally, we will launch a column on self-editing written by Deborah Raney, who will share the self-editing techniques she uses—but will also critique one page of a submitted manuscript. Details on how to submit forthcoming. Freelance articles will be accepted here also, but will be limited, primarily, to contributions from authors who have published several books.
The Writer’s Life
Here will be ACFW Journal’s version of Newsweek’s “My Life” column. This column is open to any ACFW member who has a writing-related story of faith to share. Query with your story.
Another fun feature of this section—also open to anyone—will be a photo feature that looks at where authors work. This feature will include a large photo of your primary writing space, your headshot, as well as another one or two smaller photos of particular items in your workspace. You provide the photos as well as a few sentences about what makes your writing place special. Submit your office—clean or cluttered.
Freelance articles are also accepted here. Almost anything related to the writer’s life that is not covered in other sections.
- Ex.: How your family supports your writing.
- Ex.: How you carve out time for writing, etc.
In this section, share your opinions about the articles in ACFW Journal through Letters to the Editor and offer your services in the Classifieds section (ad rates to follow).
Speaking of Advertising
See ACFW Journal's formal rate sheet for advertising. Ads will be available in various sizes, from a full page to a 1/6-page size (about a business card size). See full advertising details. Remember, since your ACFW Journal will be full color throughout, all of our ads will be in color!
If you have any questions about the querying process or how to format queries (or about ACFW Journal at all), contact Michael Ehret, the editor, at email@example.com.
ACFW needs your help—and your writing skills. So query the editor today!