Would you like to write for Journey or JourneyOnline?
Journey is always looking for new, exciting perspectives on faith, life, church and culture. We can accept submissions, but there are some guidelines that should be followed to increase your chance of publication. Submissions should be sent via email. Any posted submissions will not be returned. This is just a brief overview, but comprehensive guidelines are available(download).
Journey is a monthly publication which means there can be up to a six week delay between first receiving a story and it being read in Uniting Church congregations. All stories (particularly after an event or around a current issue in Australian politics or culture) need to be submitted as soon as possible so they are as timely as possible upon publication. JourneyOnline has a much shorter production cycle, but this makes delays to publication more obvious and therefore the same standards of timeliness apply. Stories that are particularly time-sensitive are likely to be published on JourneyOnline.
Letters to the editor
Letters directly addressing articles and letters in the previous month’s Journey may be published in the letters section. Letters can be opinionated, but should be respectful in tone. Letters are published at the discretion of the editor, but do not necessarily represent the views of the editor or that of official Uniting Church policy.
All letters should be accompanied by the writer’s name and the name of their congregation or suburb of residence, but opinions expressed are only indicative of the individual writer, not their entire congregation. Some letters dealing with sensitive topics may be published under “name withheld” but this is up to the discretion of the editor.
While direct responses to letters are acceptable, ongoing discussions about an article more than two months old will not be published.
Letters should be no longer than 150 words. Some copy editing may apply.
Each month Journey publishes three feature articles:
- An article that explores/reports an issue, event or story that is relevant to the Uniting Church in Queensland
- a profile of a lay person who has made high-profile achievements or a significant difference in the world around them
- an article that explores issues of faith in contemporary Australia.
Feature articles should be between 750 and 1200 words and will require particularly high quality images.
The news section covers stories in hard journalistic style. These stories cover:
- local Uniting Church congregations
- the Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church
- Uniting Church agencies, community service providers and schools
- national events with a faith angle
- world events with a faith angle.
News stories try to dig deeper than just reporting that an event happened—the underlying issues should also be covered and explored, quoting relevant sources.
News pieces should be between 300 and 400 words and require quality images and/or infographics.
One page stories
One page stories are about a variety of topics:
- local Uniting Church congregations
- significant events in the life of the church
- an initiative being undertaken by a congregation, presbytery, the Synod or a Uniting Church agency
- other issues or events that are of interest to a Uniting Church audience.
One page stories should not be puff pieces or advertorial. They should be written in third person, but a more casual, magazine-friendly style can be followed. Relevant sources should be quoted and issues should be explored in depth (as space allows).
One page stories should be between 300 and 400 words and require quality images and/or infographics. Additional information may be provided for a sidebar, but the total word count of the article and additional information should still not exceed 400 words.
Opinion pieces typically express the point of view of a single author. These articles often cover theological issues, or current affairs which impact on faith.
Opinion pieces should be between 300 and 400 words, and a clear, medium close-up author photo should be supplied (minimum 200 dpi).
Culture pieces can be reviews of recently-released books, films, music, TV shows, etc. These reviews grapple more with the themes of the work, rather than the work itself. A comprehensive guide to reviews can be found here.
They can also be opinion pieces on the topic of broader cultural trends.
Culture pieces should be between 300 and 400 words.
Snippets are 100 to 150 word articles on a broad range of topics, often pointing to another article elsewhere on the web.
All submitted pieces should also contain at least one engaging, high-resolution image suitable for use as a banner and as a feature image for the story.