WomenLeaders.com Writer's Guidelines
We believe that people who have the spiritual gift of leadership are called to lead, not for their own benefit, but for the sake of nurturing the body of Christ. Women with leadership gifts, as with all gifts, are obligated to use those gifts in the ways and the places God has called them to.
We are committed to speaking with these values:
- Biblical truth—We always look at leadership issues through a biblical lens.
- Reality—We are realistic about the issues, struggles, challenges, opportunities, and joys women leaders face. Honesty—We are committed to addressing reality with honesty and without apology.
- Redemption—We express ourselves without bitterness. When speaking from personal pain, we point to hope and healing—even if our healing process is incomplete. This is not a forum for mere arguments or expressions of personal anguish.
- Love—We care about women in leadership and want to make personal connections with them.
- Equipping—We help women get better, and more confident, in what they do.
- Encouragement—We want women to feel good about the gifts God has given them, and we help them see how they can use those gifts. We love and root for the church and its people.
- Challenge—We challenge women to use their leadership gifts, pursue spiritual growth, and think deeply.
- Unity—We help women rise above the arguments and judgments about where they should lead. Instead, we agree that we are all obligated to use our gifts in the ways God has called us to do so.
WomenLeaders.com readers are women leading in church ministry in a variety of roles and ministries. They are mature in their Christian faith, knowledgeable about the Bible, and committed to leading and discipling others through the ministry of the local church.
WomenLeaders.com articles must offer in-depth, biblical insight into topics of leadership, ministry, and faith. Articles should be personal in tone and use real-life anecdotes while providing thoughtful, practical wisdom from a Christian perspective. Articles must contain a distinct evangelical Christian perspective and must uphold our stated values: biblical truth, reality, honesty, redemption, love, equipping, encouragement, challenge, and unity. If possible, please use the New Living Translation when quoting Scripture. Our articles don't shy from covering tough issues real women face. Life is messy and complex; we seek to acknowledge that by avoiding pat answers and formulaic conclusions, and we look for authors who do the same.
WomenLeaders.com does not accept unsolicited manuscripts. Please query first.
WomenLeaders.com will report on queries and solicited manuscripts within 8 weeks.
All submissions are received on speculation. An accepted query doesn't guarantee purchase of the manuscript. Editors reserve the right to reject any manuscript at any stage.
Payment on acceptance of completed articles, $50-$75, exclusive online rights, and nonexclusive rights as dictated by the Christianity Today International policy statement.
WomenLeaders.com does not accept simultaneous submissions.
WomenLeaders.com does not issue kill fees.
Query letters should include:
- Your name and email address
- A summary describing your article idea.
- The purpose of your piece and its value to the WomenLeaders.com reader.
- Your qualifications to write the piece.
- Suggested length and date by which you could finish it.
No query should be sent without a thorough knowledge of the WomenLeaders.com audience. If we request to see your manuscript, you should submit it single-spaced and include your name, email address, and word length on the first page. Articles should be between 1,000 and 1,500 words.
Our Editorial Needs
WomenLeaders.com divides its content into the following categories: calling, skills, church life, relationships, self-care, and encouragement. Calling covers stories of women living their calling, how to determine your calling, and how to lean fully into your calling. Skills covers practical, how-to articles that address issues uniquely faced by women in ministry. Church life covers church practice, insights into life as a woman in church leadership, ministry or church life issues, and topics related to specific types of ministry. Relationships covers working with other leaders, working with volunteers, team dynamics, conflict, and marriage and parenting as they relate to leading in the church. Self-care covers spiritual practices, rest, personal theology, personal habits, mental and emotional health, and lifestyle questions—all from the perspective of women leading in the church. Encouragement covers encouragings news and trends, and pieces that help encourage our readers to keep on.
WomenLeaders.com purchases expositional articles, how-to articles, personal or reflective essays, reportage, profiles, first-person narratives, and video articles. We don't accept fiction, poetry, celebrity interviews, product reviews.