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GLOBAL FAITH MARKET

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Pockets is a US Christian print magazine for children aged 6-12. It is published monthly except in February and each issue has a specific theme. A list of themes can be found at https://pockets.upperroom.org

While the magazine is designed to help children grow in the Christian faith, editor Lynn W Gilliam says not all submissions need be overtly Christian, as the title publishes a wide range of material including fiction, puzzles, games, recipes, non-fiction and retellings of scripture. Pockets covers many topics as the intent is to help children see their faith as an integral part of daily life. There is a strong focus on community. Seasonal material, both faith-based and secular, is required, and the magazine reflects a modern, interdenominational society of many different cultures and ethnic backgrounds, its readers coming from a wide range of families, from traditional to extended, blended and single-parent. Submissions should show an appreciation of cultural differences within a US context.

Fiction and scripture stories should be 600-1,000 words, with a primary focus on helping children deal with real-life situations. Fictional characters and some elaboration may be included in scripture retellings, but must remain faithful to the original story. Fictional stories should contain action, believable characters and dialogue and be written in simple English. A contemporary setting is preferred but children should be able to relate to the protagonists. Use short sentences and paragraphs and avoid being preachy. Poetry should be no longer than sixteen lines, and both seasonal and theme-related poems are required.

Non-fiction articles should be 400-1,000 words. Articles about children directly involved in environmental, community, and peace/justice issues are particularly wanted. These don’t have to be related to any particular issue’s theme. Include photos of the children involved, including a statement of parent’s permission to use the photos.

Send your submission by email to pockets@upperroom.org as a doc file. Payment is 14¢ per word for both fiction and non-fiction, paid on acceptance. Poems, activities, games and recipes are paid at a minimum of $25.

Details: submissions may also be posted to Lynn W Gilliam, Editor, Pockets, PO Box 340004, Nashville, TN 37203-0004, USA; full guidelines are on the website: https:// pockets.upperroom.org

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