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I have a couple of poems that were rejected by Babybug and High Five. I'm now looking for another place to submit them and as I have been thumbing through my Children's Writer Market book, noticed how many magazines have a religious (mostly Christian) orientation. As a non-religious person, I am a little intimidated about submitting anything to these magazines. I guess my question is, do these magazines only accept material with an overtly religious theme, or would a poem about, say, being kind (in a general way) be something they would be interested in? Can someone point me in the direction of which of these magazines might be worth exploring for a non-religious writer?

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#1 - December 23, 2009, 05:11 PM
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You can check out Guide magazine. What you write may be perfect for Pockets magazine as well. They tend to steer clear of the over religious type material

Good luck.
#2 - December 23, 2009, 05:44 PM
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You can't really lump these magazines together. Some want chapter and verse, some want their writers to adhere to their doctrine (I got a questionnaire on beliefs from one once, just because I requested guidelines), and some want material that's in keeping with Christian belief but doesn't necessarily mention God, Jesus, or quote the Bible. As writeaway said, Pockets is a good example of one that's in the latter category. They use a theme list, and you can find it online.
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Thanks, that's exactly what I wanted to know. Pockets sounds like a good place to start. I will check it out.

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#4 - December 23, 2009, 06:59 PM
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Also, even magazines that publish mostly very religious oriented material will often include pieces that are less church/scripture/doctrine related and more an illustration of positive character traits -- this is particularly true in poetry.

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I've had stories published in religious magazines and those stories had a "moral" (put yourself in the other person's shoes, for example) but weren't really religious.  In one magazine, the magazine placed a bible quote at the top of the page that fit the theme of the story.
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I have been published many times in "religious" magazines and the one thing I can say about them is, simply, they are all different. Some have no "religious" message and some publishers require it. There is a Christian Writer's Market Guide that is very good although I haven't ordered it in a few years. For poetry, I'd try Pockets first.

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