Charisma Writer's Guidelines
Charisma’s tagline is “Life in the Spirit.” Each month more than 600,000 readers turn to the magazine for inspiration, information and instruction.
•More than half our readers are Christians who belong to Pentecostal or independent charismatic churches, and numerous others participate in the charismatic renewal in mainline denominations.
•Their median age is 54.
•Sixty-six percent are married, and 40 percent have at least one child at home.
•Ninety percent of them have been committed Christians for more than five years, and most are very active in their local churches.
Study the Magazine
In order to sell articles to Charisma, writers must know the magazine well. A casual examination of a few issues will not be enough. You must study the magazine thoroughly, classifying the articles and analyzing them to discover the elements we typically use. You must catch our vision and get a sense of our readers' interests. Sample issues, including postage, are $4 each.
Freelancing for Charisma
Each year, freelancers write 80 percent of our articles, but we assign most of these to writers who have established themselves with us. In most cases, we only give article assignments to writers with published clips.
All Charisma articles, with the exception of the shorter stories (specified below), should be between 1,800 and 2,500 words in length.
You should avoid sending long teaching articles, interviews, issue-oriented pieces or news analyses; these always originate with the editors. We do not publish sermons, poetry or fiction. We are, however, looking for well-written articles in the following categories:
Inspire: These short, inspirational stories are less than 250 words. We’re looking for encouraging and topical articles that tell an uplifting story of a person or organization.
Inform: News stories. We welcome brief (200 to 800 words) and timely stories about people who recently have done something worthy of note or about events that would be of interest to our readers. Articles must be written in journalistic style and with punch. Facts and quotes must be scrupulously accurate.
Empower: Bible studies, devotionals and teachings. In this section we are looking for short teaching articles and columns that readers can apply to help strengthen their spiritual lives. These articles are between 500 and 700 words.
o Miracle and healing stories. Our readers are interested in accounts of God's supernatural intervention in ordinary human events. These stories must be thoroughly researched and well told. Healings must be medically documented. Pastors and other reference sources may be required.
o Personality profiles. Our readers want to hear about people who are living the Christian life effectively and with pizzazz. Here, we are not looking for complete biographical sketches but "slices of life" that focus on some noteworthy event or story. Stories should include conflict or challenge, resolution, change and consequences. If written as a short article, these could also work for the Inspire section.
o Trend articles that discern changes or new directions among Christians or that would be of interest or importance to Christians. Trend pieces must show evidence of exhaustive research. They should be written in a journalistic style and illustrated with anecdotes, facts and quotes from authorities.
o Seasonal articles of all kinds. Our readers enjoy articles that help them celebrate both Christian and secular holidays, including Christmas, Easter and Pentecost, as well as Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving.
Charisma does not accept or reply to unsolicited manuscripts. Writers may send query letters or query e-mails that briefly describe and outline a proposed article.
Query letters must be typewritten, either by typewriter or word processor, and double-spaced on one side of 8 1/2" by 11" white bond paper. The author's name, address, email address and telephone number should appear on the top left of the first page.
Query letters should be mailed to:
600 Rinehart Road
Lake Mary, FL 32746.
Charisma buys all rights. Payment for articles is negotiable.
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