Christian Living in the Mature Years is a magazine published by Abingdon Press, an imprint of the United Methodist Publishing House. The audience includes persons near retirement age and beyond (50 years plus), and the magazine's purpose is to help persons understand and use the resources of the Christian faith in dealing with specific opportunities and challenges related to aging.

Writers are not restricted to being older adults. We welcome unsolicited manuscripts. We review all unsolicited submissions on speculation in the order in which we received them. Our review process takes about 24-28 weeks. Reprinted pieces may be considered, but you must state it is a reprint in your cover letter. If the piece you are submitting has been previously published, we need documentation stating you currently own the rights. Please include the page of your Agreement with the previous publisher that confirms what rights you gave them for with your submission. If you do not include verification of your ownership, your piece will not be considered.

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Our Readers

Our readers like to see themselves in what they read. Writers should acknowledge the readers' maturity and use illustrations that reflect older adult lifestyles, which are varied. Some older adults are employed; some are retired. Some of our readers are active; some are not. Some are married while others are widowed or never married. Housing arrangements may be in their own homes, living with adult children, or in congregate housing of varied types. Most older adults are in good health, but many are ill. They have a variety of educational backgrounds, but writers should assume they are intelligent and not treat them as forgetful, mindless individuals. Financial status is also greatly varied among our readers.

General Guidelines for Content

Quoted MaterialYou must include scans of any material quoted from other sources and give a complete citation. We need title page, copyright page, and page quoted or paraphrased.

When we review manuscripts we look for the following:

Appropriate Subjects—Popular articles address current issues, challenges, and opportunities in aging.

Positive Approach—Articles should be upbeat, picturing older adults who are enjoying living and finding fulfillment in this period of their lives. If articles are about the problems of living as an older adult, they should demonstrate the power of faith for difficult times and offer possible solutions and/or sympathy and comfort.

Active Subjects—Persons featured in articles should be active, creative, involved with their families, church, communities, nation, and world.

Varieties of Approaches—Articles may be serious or humorous.  They may seek to educate, warn of negative issues for older adults, or entertain.

Christian Orientation—When appropriate, articles should demonstrate faith in God as a resource for life in all circumstances, both good and bad. Persons featured should be older adults with a vital lifestyle. For instance, when they travel it will be for educational purposes or to engage in ministry or service to others. Articles and stories should reflect the joy of living out one's Christian faith.

Absence of Stereotypes—Older adults should be freed from the stereotypes of age, gender, nationality, and race. Examples of aging stereotypes are frailty, memory loss, illness, sedentary lifestyle, being socially inflexible, and being unstylish. Be supportive of persons and groups rather than poking fun at them.

Christian Living in the Mature Years is about living life as an older adult.  We do not accept articles about what older adults have done in their past long life, no matter how meritorious or distinguished. We do not accept tributes to deceased loved ones.

Contracts

When a manuscript or cartoon has been selected for publication, the writer or artist will be notified by e-mail. It will detail the issue of publication, rights requested, payment amount, and complimentary copies to be sent. We use an electronic contract system, so you will receive it via e-mail.  It will include instructions for how to sign and return it to us. If you have not previously written for us, you will be asked for a Social Security number or business tax number.

Rights

Mature Years requests a variety of rights depending upon the material offered. Our most common request is for One-time North American Serial Rights. We do accept a limited number of Reprint Rights. For work-for-hire we require All Rights.

Payment Schedule

Payment is made upon acceptance of any manuscript, puzzle, or cartoon. We pay 7 cents per word for articles.  We pay $5.00 each for verses and fillers used in the Merry-Go-Round department. We pay $30.00 for cartoons and puzzles. We do not pay for Snippets (Feedback) submissions.

We pay $20.00 for photos that accompany articles inside the publication. Payment for cover publication is negotiable. Payment for photos follows final selection during the design and production stage. Payment for professional photography to accompany articles is negotiable.

Miscellaneous

Response Time—Replies to unsolicited manuscript submissions come within 24-28 weeks of receipt. Submittable will acknowledge receipt of manuscripts at the time they are received. Because of the tremendous volume of submissions, it is not possible to make comments in the replies.

Samples—Sample copies may be purchased at Cokesbury.com or by calling toll free 800-672-1789.

Columns—Christian Living in the Mature Years is not interested in adding new regular columns.






Did you like something you read in a past issue of Mature Years? Did an article inspire you to undertake a project? Do you have a tip for readers based on past content or advice for a coming seasonal issue? We'd love to hear from you! Submit your feedback to our Snippets section here. Select Snippets may be featured in a future blog post at https://matureyears.wordpress.com/! No payment is offered for published Snippets.

(700-1500 words) Popular articles address current issues in aging, including spiritual growth,  health and fitness, housing, financial conditions, social and emotional needs, security, family life, self-help, and so on. Articles should provide practical aids for older adults: how to, when to, where to. Especially important are opportunities for older adults to read about service, adventure, fulfillment, and fun.  Items of entertainment, like hobbies, pets, and crafts are also popular.  Christian Living in the Mature Years magazine readers do not want to see only older adults in their articles. Inter-generational pieces score great successes with our audience.
(500-1000 words) Articles should include either original recipes, cooking advice, tips for food preservation, money-saving tricks, or a combination of these topics. We are looking specifically for articles focusing on health and wellness. Recipes incorporating seasonal ingredients and fresh foods are given preference, but all recipes will be considered. Please include original high-resolution (at least 300 dpi) photos of the process, ingredients, and finished recipe if possible. All recipes must be works of original authorship or reprinted with express written permission from the original author (to be included with your submission).
(500-700 words) This department uses short glimpses out of everyday life (cuddling with grandchildren, a humorous moment at church, a sweet memory) to inspire and to illustrate the joys, sorrows, and poignant moments of living. It may or may not overtly mention God, but it never preaches. 
(1000 to 2000 words) Travel articles feature some location or travel aspect particularly appropriate to older adults, such as special activities or facilities planned for the age group. Seniors hiking or snorkeling are examples. Tours for grandparents and grandchildren is another. They may reflect the predominantly Christian character of the magazine by taking our reader to Bible lands or on a pilgrimage, discussing the historic sites of Christian believers, or showing the countryside or towns of historic Christian groups. Typical articles might feature cathedrals of Europe, monasteries or retreats in the United States, Amish communities, or Roman Christian catacombs.
(900 to 1500 words) Health Hints features articles about health problems or fitness opportunities for older adults. Articles about health problems should include description of a health problem and solutions for alleviating or eliminating conditions. Fitness articles tell about exercises and activities designed to help older adults keep fit. We never promote pharmaceutical companies or their products. Medicare and Medicaid are not acceptable subjects.
This page features cartoons, jokes, 4-6 line humorous verses. The subject of all these items must conform to the "Guidelines for General Editorial Content" and "Cartoons."  We publish two or three cartoons in every issue.
(900 to 1500 words) Overtly religious and inspirational, this department deals with contemporary understanding of the Christian faith. While it is often an essay relating the Bible to modern life and quotes Scripture, it is not a Bible study. It may give advice for spiritual living as an older adult.
(900-1500 words) All economic issues of importance to older adults are acceptable, including banking, investing, wise purchasing, savings instruments, consumer fraud and scams, cost of health care, and insurance. All articles must be written with a personal finance point of view.
Cartoons may either have a religious theme or relate to aging as outlined in "Guidelines for General Editorial Content" above. While bringing some humor to older adult situations, cartoons should never trivialize circumstances and should never demean anyone or their circumstance.
PHOTOS MUST BE HIGH RESOLUTION (300 DPI). Photographs of recognizable people must be accompanied with model releases. If you are submitting more than one photo (or a photo essay), please make sure each photo is clearly labeled with a number indicating its order. Be certain that captions are clearly matched with photographs to guarantee proper placement.