Submission Guidelines to Write for Mustard Seed Sentinel

 

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Mustard Seed Sentinel is a Christian lifestyle magazine publishing articles on faith, health, politics, news, short stories, parenting, recipes, book and movie reviews, poetry, and more.

 

We only publish family-friendly faith-based content that is consistent with a CHRISTIAN worldview and Biblical principles. Only appropriate content will be accepted.
 

At this time, there is no financial compensation for articles published in our magazine. However, you can become a member on Medium.com (for free) and request to submit articles to our MSS publication there. Then you’ll have the opportunity to earn money based on reads of your articles published there (see submission guidelines in the second section).

 

All submissions must be of a FAMILY FRIENDLY and FAITH BASED nature. Editors at Mustard Seed Sentinel reserve the right to edit content if needed and reject articles that we feel contain offensive or inappropriate content that is not appropriate for our readership base.

We require that all articles are in ENGLISH. Please ensure that they are free of spelling, grammar, or language issues and contain more than 500 words and no more than 2,500 words. Our editing team expects that all submissions have been completely edited, vetted, well-researched, and fact-checked prior to submitting for possible publication.

 

Photos are not required with submissions to MustardSeedSentinel.com. We choose photos from Unsplash.com for those articles.

 

Prior to submitting a pitch idea or sending an article submission, please review the magazine to familiarize yourself with the types of articles that we publish.

We have 15 regular monthly columnists and are looking for more columnists. Additionally, we are currently open to guest articles from writers who comply with our guidelines.

All pitch ideas and submissions to MustardSeedSentinel.com should be sent via email to jtroppello@gmail.com, with the submission in a Word document. PDF documents will not be accepted. Add “MSS Pitch Idea” or “MSS Submission” in the email subject line.  

We prefer original content to be published in our magazine. However, we will accept previously published content, depending on quality and whether or not it meets our publication guidelines—and whether or not you retain the rights to the content. We would then publish it and state “previously published…” at the end of the article.

All writers retain the rights to content published in our publication. However, if you republish it on your blog or have it published somewhere else online, we request that you add a link / credit to our magazine at the end of the article i.e., “Previously published in Mustard Seed Sentinel” and make sure to add our website link.  

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Submission Guidelines to Write for our Mustard Seed Sentinel Publication on Medium.


We only accept submissions to our MSS edition on Medium to individuals who are a MEMBER on Medium.com.

We require you to have at least 5 POSTED STORIES in Medium before you submit an article for possible publication in Mustard Seed Sentinel.

We only publish family-friendly faith-based content that is consistent with a CHRISTIAN worldview and Biblical principles.

We accept stories on Christianity, faith, health, politics, news, short stories, parenting, recipes, and book reviews and you must use at least 1 of these TAGS.

We require final drafts that are NOT PUBLISHED anywhere else and submitted to our ONE PUBLICATION only.

Your story must have at least ONE IMAGE at the top of the page and be properly credited. We utilize stock photographs under the Unsplash license for all other content on our publication.

All submissions must be of a FAMILY FRIENDLY and FAITH BASED nature. Editors at Mustard Seed Sentinel reserve the right to edit content if needed and reject articles that we feel contain offensive or inappropriate content that is not appropriate for our readership base.

We require that all articles are in ENGLISH. Please ensure that they are free of spelling, grammar, or language issues and contain no more than 2,500 words. Our editing team expects that all submissions have been completely edited, vetted, well-researched, and fact-checked prior to submitting for possible publication.

Our editors will review your Medium profile page to see articles you have published. If we accept you as a writer for our publication, we will add you and then you will be notified by email. At that time, you can add a draft article to our publication. Our editors will review it and if deemed acceptable, we will publish it in Mustard Seed Sentinel. You can submit up to three draft articles per week.

Please see the requirements below for our writers:  

  • Have published at least 5 articles on Medium

  • Affirm the Christian worldview and Biblical values

  • Agree to the guidelines and style guide as outlined in this article

Style Guide

Photos – The feature photo should be placed beneath the title and subtitle. We require this photo to be wider than the column width (but not as wide as the panorama size which is the full screen width)—use the 3rd icon from the left when formatting.

Title – Please format your title with the large “T” and capitalize all words, except for conjunctions, articles, or prepositions.

Subtitle – The small “T” should be used for the subtitle and use sentence case, not the title case—only capitalize the first word. Proper nouns and titles of works that are quotes or in italics also should be capitalized. 

Word Count – Between 500 – 2,500 words long

Headings – We encourage the use of subheadings in the article. The small “T” should be used for the headings and the same rules for sentence case apply.

Quotes – Any time you use quotes, whether actual quotations or scripture, you need to cite them and use the block quotes. You do not need to include quotation marks when using the block quote. However, it is okay to still use them.

Breaks – You can use the pull-out quotes if you need to have a break in the article text, but don’t want to include a new subheading yet.

Other Photos – Make sure that you don’t use more than three photos in the body of the text. This depends on the length of the article with three as the maximum. For shorter articles, like 500 words, do not include photos in the content—only in the header.

Tags – You need to include at least one of the following tags with your article from this listing: Christianity, Faith, Writing Tips, Politics, Lifestyle, Health, Family, Parenting, Book Reviews, News, Social Media, Christian Living, and Conservative. It is important to include 5 tags total. Only one tag from the list above needs to be included.

Dots Icon – Please do not use the dots option in the last icon on the right, since we will be using that to signify a break and showcase our Mustard Seed Sentinel logo and publication details.

Drop Caps – We do not want any articles to display the drop caps feature since it has been deemed by our editors as a hinderance to our readers.

References to God – When referencing God with pronouns, capitalize He, Him, and His. 

Thank you for your interest in writing for Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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DISCLAIMER: MSS reserves the right to remove comments on articles and in the forum that are not in line with our family-friendly brand and faith-based Christian magazine theme. Please make every effort to comment on articles and participate in the chat rooms in a friendly way that is devoid of profanity and hateful speech. MSS reserves the right to decline site membership (both the free membership and paid subscription membership) to any members who are violating our requests to keep this online community family-friendly. No spam links or comments will be allowed. Spam, profanity, and hateful speech will be deleted.

Freelance content submissions are always welcome and can be submitted through the submit button on the top of the Home Page underneath the header. All submissions are subject to review and possible rejection if the content does not meet quality standards. Edits may be suggested or required for some submissions. At this time, compensation is not given for submissions. However, as the Mustard Seed Sentinel readership grows, financial compensation will be provided for freelancers who submit appropriate and acceptable content for publication, such as the following: author interviews they've completed, guest blogs, or news articles. All freelancers will have their byline listed. NOTE: Mustard Seed Sentinel is a family-friendly publication and only appropriate faith-based content will be accepted.

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