LIVE, a weekly journal of practical Christian living, 1445 N. Boonville Ave., Springfield, MO 65802. Email: rl-live-at-gph.org. Website: http://www.gospelpublishing.com
. Richard Bennett, LIVE editor. "LIVE is a take-home story paper distributed weekly in adult Sunday School classes. It is freelance and has a circulation of about 40,000. The audience is Christian adults. We seek to encourage Christians in living for God through stories that apply biblical principles to everyday problems. Solutions to life's problems can be found in the Scriptures. LIVE publishes true stories, based on true stories, nonfiction, 'how-to' articles, and fiction (please indicate the category). Poems, first-person anecdotes, and short humor are used as fillers. LIVE presents realistic characters who utilize biblical principles to resolve their problems." 100% freelance. Welcomes new writers. Circ. 40K. Quarterly. Pays on acceptance. Publishes ms 12-18 months after acceptance. Buys one time rights. Accepts reprints. Responds within 6 weeks. For a sample copy send a SASE #10 envelope to the above address with a letter requesting a sample copy. Subscription $14.40. Guidelines online at: http://www.gospelpublishing.com/store/s ... =tWRITGUID
CURRENT NEEDS: "Looking for stories about Spirit-filled living. Also short stories (400-600 words) on topics relating to practical Christian living." Pays $0.10/word for first rights; $0.07/word for reprint rights. "We use two stories per issue. Cover stories tend to be 800-1100 words long. Inside stories are usually 400-600 words long. Prefer manuscripts rather than queries. Preferred method of submission is attachment to an e-mail. If mailing, a SASE is necessary if the writer wants the manuscript returned. If mailing, don't send your only copy."
PHOTOS/ART: "We do use photos provided by writers when possible." Pays $35/photo used.
HINTS: "We occasionally get submissions without personal information, which is needed to make payments to the writers. Writers often forget to identify what type of story they are submitting. It is helpful when evaluating a story to know if it is a true story, based on true events, or fiction. Advice: We do not accept Bible fiction or sci-fi. The stories should be encouraging, challenging, and/or humorous. Even problem-centered stories should be upbeat. Stories should not be preachy, critical, or moralizing. They should not present pat, trite, or simplistic answers to problems. Plot: Stories should consist of action, not just thought-life; interaction, not just insight. Heroes and heroines should rise above failures, take risks for God, prove that scriptural principles meet their needs. Conflict and suspense should increase to a climax! Avoid pious conclusions or tying up all loose ends. Think of the story as a snapshot of someone's life. Characters: Characters should be interesting, believable, and realistic. Avoid stereotypes. Characters should be active, not just pawns to move the plot along. They should onfront conflict and change in believable ways. Describe the characters' looks and reveal their personalities through their actions to such an extent that the reader feels he or she has met these people. Readers should care about the character enough to finish the story. Feature racial, ethnic, and regional characters in rural and urban settings. Style: Use precise, active, vivid verbs. Avoid overworked adjectives, phrases, and clichÈs. Keep a consistent perspective (voice) on both time (past or present) and point of view (first person, second person, etc.). Avoid flashbacks. We often are in need of shorter stories, which can harder to write and don't pay as much, but they can be a good way of getting your foot in the door. Less competition. Realize that volume results in most rejections. In our case, we use eight stories and one poem per month. We average about 120 submissions per month. I often read stories that have the potential to be good stories, but they tend to be more of an account of events rather than a story. Do more than tell me what happened, make me care what happened. Make me cry, laugh, or think about how I am living my life." [This is an original market listing created by WritersWeekly.com using information provided directly by this publisher. Copyright 2009 WritersWeekly.com. May not be reposted/republished without written permission.]