Guide is a Christian story magazine for young people ages 10-14. The 32-page, four-color publication is published weekly by the Review and Herald Publishing Association. Our mission is to show readers, through stories that illustrate Bible truth, how to walk with God now and forever.
Each issue includes three to four true stories. Guide does not publish fiction, poetry, or articles (devotionals, how-to, profiles, etc.). However, we sometimes accept quizzes and other unique nonstory formats. Each piece should include a clear spiritual element. Standard feature-length stories are 1000-1200 words, but we also accept shorter pieces of 450 words and up. Payment is 7-10 cents/word upon acceptance for first serial rights.
Adventure. Guide adventure stories allow the reader to vicariously experience the excitement of making new discoveries while seeing character-building principles in action. These stories can take place anywhere (outdoors or even in an urban setting). Strive for a sense of mystery, action, and discovery.
Personal Growth. The Guide-age years (10-14) can be turbulent on many fronts. Young people often struggle with friendships, self-esteem, family members, peer acceptance, body changes, etc. Stories in the personal growth category provide guidance from a Christian perspective.
Christian Humor. Stories in this category use a lighthearted story line that goes beyond one-liners to expose a character-building principle. The key is to write what's funny to kids and keep it believable.
Inspiration. Possible topics in this category include answers to prayer, biblical narratives, mission stories, and examples of young people living out their Christian beliefs. Don't limit yourself to "traditional" themes. Show God at work in both the common and unusual circumstances of life.
Biography. In today's society, as much as ever, young people need good role models. Some stories we have printed in Guide feature Martin Luther King, Jr.; John Gutenberg; and Anne Frank. Please query first to make sure the topic has not been recently covered. Documentation required.
Story Series. We also run continued stories (two to 12 parts, with each chapter about 1200 words in length). The story line should maintain some degree of spirituality throughout. An adventurous slant always captures our interest—and the reader's. Please query first.
Nature. Carefully study past Guide nature stories before submitting. We desire creative approaches, not an encyclopedia-style rendition of facts. Include a spiritual application in the article or as a sidebar. Please query first to make sure the topic has not been recently covered. Documentation required.
Games and Puzzles
We are interested in fresh game concepts for Guide-age readers. We see far too many word searches, crossword puzzles, and matching or fill-in-the blank activities. Check out current puzzle books and Web sites to find new ideas. Puzzles don’t have to be based on a Bible text, but they should include a spiritual tie-in. Payment is $25-40 for first serial rights.
We accept submissions for reprints, but payment is less. Please let us know when and where the story or game first appeared.
Our preferred version is NIV (2011 edition). Please indicate the version for any Bible quotes that are not from the NIV.
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