Whether you’re a blogger, a professional writer, or someone who just has a keen interest and knack for words, we want to hear what you have to say. Please read the following before you make your move:
Here’s how to get published:
- Get to know us. Read some articles on our website to familiarize yourself with our tone and style.
- Write a piece of staggering genius.
- Send your final draft to email@example.com with a short bio and a photo of yourself.
- Wait. We’ll respond with feedback as we consider how the piece fits in with the vision of Converge. If you don’t hear back from us within four weeks, assume we will not publish your piece.
- We speak the truth in love.
- We never speak evil of individuals.
- We are not afraid of offending but we do not actively seek to be provocative or aggravating.
- We are unoffendable.
- We honour and respect authority.
- We don’t compromise on the word of God.
- We diligently seek out the truth on a matter.
- We do not criticize or accuse other members of the body of Christ.
- We are hopeful.
- We are professional and gracious in our conduct.
- We strive for excellence in all we do.
Our tone is bold yet humble, strong yet gentle, passionate yet peaceful, deeply sincere yet joyful.
Our voice is professional yet cool. We are serious but we still have fun. We do not shy away from pop-culture references but we try and avoid inside jokes or language that would alienate our audience. We never engage in rude or crass humour and we do not use swearing or profanity in our writing.
Our voice is one of a good friend: giving sound council, helping in trouble, sharing a laugh, making good recommendations, and blessing the other person. Our voice is not one of condescension, control, manipulation, anger, bitterness, disappointment, jealousy, slander, hopelessness, complaining, or unbelief. But as the scriptures instruct we “bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, endure all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:7)
We are not afraid of calling out sin, apostasy, blasphemy, abominations, the demonic, lies of the enemy, or anything else which is opposed to the word of God and the rule of Christ. However, we always do this with a voice of love and compassion, remembering that it is God’s kindness that leads people to repentance. (Romans 2:4)
What We Look For
- We want unique perspectives
- We like pithiness, grit, and passion
- We don’t accept academic essays, thesis papers, or poetry
- We want to talk about interesting topics (current events, science, art, music, culture, sports etc.) not just people’s personal journey (although there is a place for that as well)
Types of Writing
Great writing will always transcend categories, however categories are useful for orienting ourselves and distinguishing our writing. Converge traditionally publishes in the following genres:
- CONFESSIONS (around 500 Words) are a chance for people to share their stories, frustrations, and concerns, uniting our readers through honest content. These pieces are personal stories about various challenges you’ve faced (invoking advice) or perhaps forcing you to cope with pain (invoking consolation). We recommend that first time writers try a confession.
- REVIEWS (500-1000 Words) examine a piece of media (books, music, movies etc.) and tell our readers what it is about. Reviews discuss the values, message and quality of the medium, allowing our readers to make an informed decision about how to engage it. Reviews should intelligently explore the qualities of the medium, going beyond saying whether it is “good” or “bad”. As an organization, we only review pieces of media that would edify our audience.
- INTERVIEWS (1000 Words) are conversations, written or recorded, with various individuals of note. These conversations should discuss relevant issues in line with the Converge vision but they may include a diverse range of stories, anecdotes, opinions or ideas. Interviewees should be believers who demonstrate an active faith.
- CRITIQUES (500-1000 words) review some aspect of popular culture, tracking social trends, and offering relevant recommendations to our readers along with intelligent analysis. These pieces should be well- informed, thoroughly-researched reflections on culture (music, movies, TV), business (career, social justice, leadership), or institutions (politics, church, education). Established writers can write critiques well.
- COMMENTARIES (1000+ words) are broader in scope than Critiques. They examine large scale social and cultural trends, discussing cause and effect on a macro scale, and asking questions like “How did we get here?”, “Where are we going?”, and “What does this mean?” Like a fish discussing the water, commentaries tell the meta-stories that we currently find ourselves swimming in. It is recommended that only experienced writers attempt commentaries.
Let’s get in touch:
To submit your submissions, or ideas and pitches, just contact us here. Please include your headshot, and a small bio in your email.
But be warned… Due to our small staff, it can take a while for us to reply. If you haven’t heard from us within 6 weeks of your email, please assume we will not be able to use your idea or submission.
Thank you and happy writing!
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