Writer’s Guidelines

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St. Anthony Messenger

St. Anthony Messenger, published by Franciscan Media, is a Catholic monthly magazine in continuous print since 1893. We seek to promote deeper faith, stronger family life, good citizenship, and greater economic justice—all in the spirit of St. Francis.

The best way to know what we publish is to study several recent issues. Click here to visit the magazine’s website and to read archived issues.

Click here to view our Terms for Freelance Services.


Guidelines for Writing, Preparing, and Submitting an Article

1.  Query us in advance by e-mail. If a query is accepted, the completed article should normally be submitted within two months of acceptance.

2.  In your query, state your proposed topic, sources, authorities, and your qualifications to write the article. Fresh sources and interviews with experts or people in the field will be necessary. Seasonal material (Mother’s Day, Lent, Christmas) should be submitted one year in advance.

3.  We never consider articles submitted simultaneously to other magazines. We do not reprint articles from publications outside of Franciscan Media.

4.  E-mail submission is required. Please also include your name, address, and phone number. E-mail all queries to [email protected].

5.  Feature articles are about 2,000 words. We also publish shorter pieces as well.

6.  Our articles are popular and accessible in tone.

7.  Please allow up to eight weeks for return or purchase of publication rights.

8.  Payment for articles and fiction is 20 cents per published word. We buy first worldwide serial rights to publish and republish “the work” in any and all forms or formats, including all electronic formats. Authors receive two complimentary copies of published work.

 

Photography

1.  Photo support is crucial for articles about a one-of-a-kind event. Our art director is part of the decision to buy an article and will indicate whether photos or illustrations will be needed. For more information, contact our art director, Mary Catherine Kozusko ([email protected]).

2.  If professional-quality photos already exist on a subject, please supply information on how to obtain them. Otherwise, supply contact information for the subject(s) of the article so that a professional photographer can be engaged.

 

St. Anthony Messenger Fiction

1.  Preferred word length for short stories is 2,000 to 2,500 words. Submissions must be e-mailed. Allow six to eight weeks for a response.

2.  In submitting a short story, please include your name, address, and phone number. E-mail us at [email protected].

3.  We pay 20 cents a word on acceptance for first worldwide serial rights. We do not publish reprints or stories simultaneously submitted to other publications.

4.  Stories that sound more like essays or monologues with no dialogue or interaction on the part of the characters will not succeed.

5.  Dialogue should move the story forward and sound real.

 

St. Anthony Messenger Poetry

E-mail your poetry to [email protected] Your name, address, and phone number should be included. We do not purchase poetry that exceeds 20 lines. We pay $2 per line for each poem purchased.

Because we only feature poetry once or twice a year, our needs are very limited.


Franciscan Media Books

Franciscan Media is accepting submissions of spiritual nonfiction books for adults that further our mission of sharing God’s love in the spirit of St. Francis.

Potential authors are asked to fill out our New Project Form and submit it to [email protected], along with an outline or table of contents and a sample chapter of around 2,000 words. This email address is the only way to submit your proposal—please do not submit via snail mail, fax, or to any other company email address.

Submissions that arrive without a proposal form will not be considered. Please allow 6-8 weeks for a reply. Special consideration will be given to book proposals that show how the book relates to one or more of the teachings of St. Francis or the Franciscan charism. We are sorry that we cannot currently consider unagented proposals for fiction, children’s books, poetry, or any work that has already been self-published.