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 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 Material—You 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.
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.
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 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.
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.