Submission Guidelines

Want to write for Common Faith? Here’s how it happens.

Common Faith
Nov 28, 2020 · 6 min read

Want to reach a wider audience with your work?

Here at Common Faith, we want to publish as many high-quality, thought-provoking, faith-inspiring evergreen articles as possible — stories that will matter today, next year, and for decades to come. Accordingly, we have a few well-trimmed editorial standards for the submissions we accept, and will only consider those that fit the criteria below.

[Many thanks to The Mission, The Startup, and The Writing Cooperative, from whom we cribbed much of this page.]

1. Align with our themes

2. Tell a story

  • Christian book reviews
  • Profiles of inspiring Christians past and present
  • Fascinating interviews with Christian leaders
  • Essays about set-apart living in a secularist society
  • In-depth, practical how-to pieces (on health, money, relationships, etc)
  • Interesting and/or humorous musings about church culture
  • High-quality listicles (top 10s/12s/50s/etc)
  • Journalistic pieces
  • Narrative nonfiction and testimony
  • Manifestos

3. Make a point

4. Entertain and educate

5. Be architecturally, stylistically, and visually appealing

All submissions should have a featured image above or below the title. Bonus points for articles with beautiful, rich media (video, data, charts, or even GIFs) throughout the story. All images must be owned by you or include a cited source. We retain the right to remove images from submissions and replace them with those our editors pick.

Please make use of Medium’s elegant formatting features. Headers, quotes, italics, etc. A careful use of formatting is what helps make an article easy to read and share.

6. Things to remember

We Reserve the Right to Alter and Edit Your Story and Title

We’re Looking For Long-Term Relationships

Don’t Be a Self Promoter

7. What to avoid

  • Already-published stories: Medium’s algorithm favors fresh stories, and our homepage is sorted by date of when the article was published (not when it was accepted into the publication). The longer it’s been since a story’s original publish date, the poorer it will usually perform. In the interest of getting your story as much visibility as possible, please submit unpublished drafts only.
  • Politics. We try to stay away from anything overtly political, and actively avoid anything partisan. King before country, cross before flag.
  • Boring stock photography: which brings us to…

8. Use an interesting cover image

This image, and any other images included, must be something you have the right to use and must include a cited source as the image caption. We reserve the right to remove questionable images from submissions. (For more information about Featured Image options, please read Medium’s help article.)

Looking for beautiful images you can use? Check out:

9. Don’t be boring!

10. Try not to be a heretic

11. Share, but don’t spam

12. Final notes

  • Submissions must be made through Medium using the process described below. Do not send us emails with links or attachments. They will be ignored.
  • Once a story has been accepted and published by the Common Faith team on Medium we ask that it remain in our publication. We will cease to accept articles from people who habitually remove stories from our publication.
  • You may have no more than 5 articles in our submission queue at any given time. Please do not spam us with submissions.

Article Submission Form

Due to a limitation on the number of writer slots available, writers who do not produce content within 90 days may be removed to provide space for new writers. Incorrectly typed usernames are ignored.

Submit a Draft

(If you’re accepted as a writer by Common Faith, please follow Medium’s process for adding the draft to our publication.)

We can’t wait to read your work!

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Editor-in-chief for Common Faith, a publication for followers of The Way and their friends. Subscribe via email: https://commonfaith.crd.co/

Common Faith

Common Faith is a publication for followers of The Way, and for everyone who’s curious about Jesus or the postmodern Christian life. Haters welcome, just try to extend grace on the journey.

Common Faith

Written by

Editor-in-chief for Common Faith, a publication for followers of The Way and their friends. Subscribe via email: https://commonfaith.crd.co/

Common Faith

Common Faith is a publication for followers of The Way, and for everyone who’s curious about Jesus or the postmodern Christian life. Haters welcome, just try to extend grace on the journey.

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