Write for Alive Now

Our Mission

Alive Now is a devotional magazine that nurtures the spiritual lives of individuals hungry for God. The magazine invites readers to enter an ever-deepening relationship with God, helps them to open and unclutter their hearts, encourages them to reflect on contemporary issues from a faith perspective.

General Guidelines

Each issue of this bimonthly, 48-page magazine focuses on a contemporary topic that impacts the faith life. Readers are drawn into the theme and invited to deepen their relationship with God and others. The magazine may be used by individuals or in small groups. The magazines contain scripture, prayers, meditations, stories, poetry, reflection aids, photographs, and art. Each issue identifies a prayer practice related to that issue’s theme. Seasonal material, both theological and liturgical, is appropriate.


Alive Now is ecumenical, including both lay persons and church professionals. Our readers are primarily adults — from young adults to older adults — and include persons of many cultures and ethnic backgrounds.

Style and Format

Your submissions should invite readers to seek God in the midst of daily life by exploring how contemporary issues impact their faith lives. We do not pretend to have the final answer to life’s dilemmas. But we hope that the magazine will provide a glimpse of the life of faith to which we all are called.

Submit for a theme

We make selections based on a list of upcoming themes. Manuscripts that do not fit a theme will not be considered. We place manuscripts on long-term hold for specific issues. Authors are free to request that their manuscripts be returned to them at any time during the long-term hold.

Meditations and stories should be no more than 400-500 words. We also consider prayers and poetry. Send your best work. Use language that is inclusive. Material that contains sexist language and imagery is difficult to use.

Manuscript Preparation – Please read carefully.

We prefer submissions typed into email or attached as Microsoft® Word documents, but also accept mailed submissions.We limit submissions to up to two stories/articles or six poems/prayers per theme per writer. We will confirm receipt of your manuscript by email if you have provided your address.

*For email submissions, please collect all of your submissions for a theme into one Word document attachment or body of your email message. We will consider a maximum of two articles/essays and six poems per writer per issue. Include your mailing address, phone number, and email address in the document and  reference the theme in the subject line.

Mailed submissions should be typed, double-spaced, on 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper and should be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return. If you are submitting material for more than one theme, send an SASE for each theme represented. On each page you submit, include your name, address, email address (if you have one), and the theme for which the piece is being sent.

Notification and Payment

Payment will be made at the time of acceptance for publication. We will notify submitters whose work is accepted when we make final decisions for an issue, approximately two months before the issue date. Submissions not selected will be returned only if an SASE was sent with the manuscript. We purchase newspaper, periodical, and electronic rights so that we can respond to requests for reprints from local church publications and other periodicals as well as promote the magazine on the web. We may purchase one-time use. The usual payment is $35 and up.


Freelance photographs are not accepted. If you are a photographer who would like to have your work considered, send an email with a link to your website to alivenow@upperroom.org.

Sending Manuscripts

Email electronic manuscripts to: alivenow@upperroom.org

Mail manuscripts to:

Beth A. Richardson, Managing Editor
Alive Now
1908 Grand Avenue
P.O. Box 340004
Nashville, TN 37203-0004