Writers – the future of Alive Now

The Upper Room has decided to end the publication of Alive Now (both print and digital formats) with the March/April 2017 issue. We have replaced the original theme of this issue, “Suffering,” with the theme, “Thresholds.” All remaining issues are now fully assigned.

Regrettably, we are no longer considering submissions.

We understand that this news is unexpected.  We wanted to share with you the announcement of the change that is being shared with Alive Now readers and friends (see below).

We are so very grateful for your partnership with us in this ministry and ask for your prayers as we go forward into the next chapter.

With gratitude and blessings,
Beth A. Richardson, Managing Editor       Gina Manskar, Editorial Assistant



This new devotional approach is especially created to invite you to personal reflection and concrete action. Alive Now is for the person who is struggling to be alive to the God who is living and active; for the person who wants to grow; for those who want to work out their faith in the contemporary scene. — The Editors, Alive Now Test Issue, 1971

These words from the very first issue of Alive Now in 1971 nicely sum up the purpose of Alive Now. The Upper Room’s first foray into contemporary design, message, and spiritual formation was filled with music lyrics, edgy graphics and photos, and leading-edge theology. We’re proud of this publication and the places it has led us – from reclaiming the singing of psalms to the creation of excellent liturgical resources. From reframing the classical themes of Christian practice to addressing current issues facing the church (AIDS, addiction, interfaith hospitality, poverty).

In today’s changing publishing landscape, the spiritually-enriching content readers have come to treasure in Alive Now will become “alive” in a new way, a new technology, as The Upper Room moves toward expanded digital publishing for individuals and churches.

Alive Now’s style and panache will be a part of this new thing. Our goal is to make rich and meaningful spiritual resources available in more ways to more of the people who hunger for a sacred way of living. We will soon share plans for this transformation at alivenow.org, facebook.com/Alive.now.magazine, and twitter.com/AliveNowMag.