Are there things happening in the Episcopal Church that people should know about? Please tell us about them; you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Letters to the Editor
We will consider timely responses to stories published on this site. Letters to the Editor will be published on Saturdays. Letters should be no longer than 900 words in length, and should include your full name and if you are employed in a church organization please include that information also. Letters should be sent via email to Amy.Haynie@EpiscopalCafe.com
We also welcome your submissions to our Magazine section. We welcome submissions relating to current events, aspects of church life, reflections on personal experience, theology, ecclesiology, the prayer book, the Bible, poems, wistful pondering on the work of the Holy Spirit and the nature of life, or anything else you believe worth sharing with our audience.
We seek to post only original material but will consider items published elsewhere from time to time; please let us know when and where such articles appeared before. We do not accept sermons. All submissions will be reviewed by our editorial team, though not all submissions can or will be posted. Submissions or proposals can be sent to Charles at Magazine@episcopalcafe.com.
Our guiding principles are that it be short and that it be true.
For written submissions, please send them in an attached Word document
- Single spaced, 12 point font
- Do not indent paragraphs
- Do not use footnotes (that’s what the hyperlink is for)
- Include your name and email address on the top line of your document
- Include a short bio (2-3 sentences) to help readers understand who you are at the bottom of your document
- personal essays – up to 2500 words
- photo essays – as many as six images. Please confirm permission to use the images if you are not the photographer
- non-fiction narratives – up to 2500 words
- videos – no more than 3 minutes in length
- Got an idea? Send us a proposal and we’ll see
You don’t need to be an Episcopalian to review books for Episcopal Café, but you do need to write with a mainline Protestant audience in mind.
Your review needs to consider:
- The intended audience for the book and who would find it useful;
- The background of the author, but remember the review is of the book and not the author;
- The main ideas and major objectives of the book and how effectively these are accomplished;
- The soundness of methods and information sources used;
- The context or impetus for the book – – political controversy, review research or policy, etc.;
- A comparison with other works on this subject;
- Constructive comments about the strength and weaknesses of the book;
- Word limit 2000, but around 1200 words is ideal.
We provide honest reviews. The Episcopal Church is a small town, so sometimes you might know of someone whose book you’re reviewing or even be connected on social media. Please do not review books of relatives or friends, and briefly disclose any acquaintance in the review.
We’re all volunteers at the Café so we cannot offer renumeration for our reviews, but we provide reviewers with a copy of the book (sometimes as a PDF or advance review copy).
Already have a copy of book you want to review? Submit your review to email@example.com. We’re happy to take a look.
PUBLISHERS AND PUBLICISTS
We review mostly nonfiction books that, if not explicitly Christian, have issues that Christians can grapple with while reading. If you have a book you think we’d be interested in, contact book reviews editor David Gilliam or MaryBeth Mitcham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We review books that have been published for less than two years. At this time, we do not review self-published books (even though some of our favorite books are indie published—even our managing editor is an indie author).
If you would like to submit a physical copy of a book, please mail it to: Marybeth Mitcham, PO Box 163, Stony Creek, NY 12878 or David Gilliam, 1020 Currie St, Apt 113, Fort Worth, TX 76107.
Speaking to the Soul
Speaking to the soul is a daily spiritual reflection post. There is a dedicated team that is supplemented by guest writers. If you would like to submit a guest post, or petition for a regular writing position, please email Rob at SttS@EpiscopalCafe.com.
We welcome your feedback on any aspect of the Episcopal Café. You can contact one of our Managing Editors, Amy Haynie (Amy.Haynie@EpiscopalCafe.com) or Tracie Middleton (Tracie.Middleton@EpiscopalCafe.com)