Content Guidelines
Now Accepting Summer Content Submissions
Jan 20, 2021 - Feb 28, 2021

Our Mission

At Sweet To The Soul Ministries, our mission is to Teach and Encourage The Study of God’s Divinely Inspired Word.  The Bible is the filter which all of our content must pass through, whether a full study, a blog post or simply a blurb.

Our voice is one of authenticity, vulnerability and inclusion, as though we were talking with a friend and relating our personal experiences. We want to build one another up. Our focus in all matters, is God. Meaning, our focus is never specifically on the situation or circumstance, but rather how God can, will or did meet our needs. We want to always share a message of hope. We want to always lead others to God.

We also want to encourage our audience to read and study the Bible on their own. Our Bible Studies are meant to walk through the Bible with them and to allow God to speak to each one individually.

We not only provide blog and social media content to our audience, but printed and published material as well. This content has been in the form of published 31-day Bible Study, 4-Part Bible Study Journals, as well as devotionals and studies in printable formats. Our published studies are via Kindle Direct Publishing and are all available on Amazon. In addition, we also produce physical and printable Bible Journaling Kits, templates and resources.

General Content Guidelines and Submission

We seek strongly written pieces which reflect the message of Sweet To The Soul. Our voice is one of authenticity, vulnerability and inclusion, as though we were talking with a friend and relating our personal experiences. We want to build one another up. Our focus in all matters, is God. Meaning, our focus is never specifically on the situation or circumstance, but rather how God can, will or did meet our needs. We want to always share a message of hope. We want to always lead others to God.

We accept original written content only. It must not have been published elsewhere including your personal blog. If your piece is published on our blog, we request 90-day exclusivity from the date published. On the day of publication, we would love for you to post a brief excerpt on your blog or social media linking to the full post on Sweet To The Soul. [EXCEPTION: If you have previously written for Sweet To The Soul and have a piece which was previously published on your personal blog which you feel would align with the quarterly theme, you may submit that piece for consideration. However, please specify that is has been previously published and provide a link to the content.]

All teaching points and general theory must be validated by Scripture. We are committed to teaching what accords with sound Biblical doctrine and through all shared content we desire to point women to Christ.

We are drawn to contributions which carry a compelling message which challenges women to genuinely pursue growth and heart change which glorifies God.
We require that all of our contributors agree with our Statement of Faith. We are committed to transparency in our beliefs and in our intent of pointing women to Christ. Because of this, we exercise caution when considering writers to partner with and will only accept submissions from those who stand in agreement with our Statement of Faith.

All published content will be credited and linked (when applicable) to the author’s blog and social media platforms.
All content submissions are on a volunteer basis and are not financially compensated.
All content submissions should be proofread, fully edited and ready for publication.
All scripture quotations should include the appropriate translation reference. Our preferred translations are ESV (English Standard Version), NIV or NLT.
SUMMER Theme & Topics

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2021

Quarter theme: Inspire
Scripture Reading Lists: Characteristics of an Inspiring Woman; Prayer: Legacy Building

The Inspire Journal will be published in June, 2021 and will target women of all ages to embrace God’s calling to be Kingdom influencers. Women carry great influence, and using biblical examples, it is our belief that we can inspire others to live an intentional life which influences and points the next generation to God.

Poems-  Reflective of the theme, Inspire. May be about prayer, women as Kingdom influencers, legacy building and more.
Features - In-depth stories that focus on people or organizations who serve communities/missions. 1200-2000 words.
Devotionals - Reflective of a specific topic, approximately 500 words. For other products, some devotional topics may be 800-1200 words.
Artwork / Illustrations / Photography - Original pieces that compliment the theme, focus, or Scripture reference.
Home & Hospitality - Short articles that provide practical application and encourage women as they enjoy simple living, healthy lifestyles, family, and hospitality.
Bible Study Focus - The reader will study techniques and processes that will assist them in navigating the Bible and individual studies.
Prayer Focus - Will lead you to focus more on God, the importance of prayer life, related Scriptures, and more.
Legacy Building - This section leads you to think about what lessons you would like to pass on to future generations. What do you want to leave behind? How you can serve and what will those beyond your circle of family and friends remember you for?

ADDITIONAL TOPICS
Community - Ways we can engage with and support our neighbors.
Family - Building Family Traditions, Family Reunions, Families overcoming difficulties with God's Help
Fellowship - How to stay in church (encouragement); Fellowship at home; Inviting Others to the Table
Bookshelf - Book Recommendations / Reviews (related to quarterly topics); Summer reading for kids
Seasonal - Summer Nights that don't break the bank - date night ideas and/or activities for kids; Stay-cation Ideas; Favorite Vacation Spots (budget friendly); How to keep kids entertained on road trips
Prayer - Teaching prayer to Kids / Simple Prayers for Children to Pray (Age specific for children, tweens, teens)
Bible - What woman of the Bible has influenced you?

ALWAYS TOPICS
Bible Journaling - Creativity Driven Bible Study
Soul Inspired - Bible Focused Creative Arts and Crafts
Unlocking the Bible - Bible Study Tips and Techniques
This Is My Story - Sharing our God-focused Life Stories (Testimonies)
On The Porch - Slowing Down & Finding Rest Retreat and Restoration in God
Sunday Hymnbook - Praise and Worship Grounded in The Word    

Formatting:

Submissions should be 700 – 1,200 words in length (unless specific topical guidelines state otherwise).
Submissions should be left-justified, single spaced, with double space between paragraphs and headings. Do NOT indent paragraphs.
Submissions should include at least one pull quote or sticky statement.
Submissions may include (preferred) a prayer with up to an additional 250 words.
Submissions should be made via a Word.doc with limited formatting directly to sweettothesoulministries@gmail.com. Include "Inspire Content Submission" in the Subject Line.
A Sweet To The Soul branded graphic with an applicable scripture will be created.

Content Submission Deadlines:

All general content should be submitted by the FEBRUARY 28, 2021 for SUMMER consideration.
Unsolicited content contributions will be reviewed by our editor prior to acceptance as content to be published.
We retain editorial decision making about what content gets posted (Biblical integrity is a priority for this ministry).

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