Content Contribution Guidelines

Now Accepting AUTUMN Content Submissions
Sweet To The Soul FAITH, "The Woven Journal" will be published in September, 2021 and will focus not only on the autumn season and gratitude, but the many different ways we are all woven together. 
Social Media and blog content will be published during the months of September, October and November, 2021.

Woven: to interlace; to form by combining
various elements into a connected whole.
blend - unite - braid - knit - construct - merge - piece
fuse - create - compose - mesh - plait 

Gratitude:

Biblical thanksgiving is not an occasional feeling or
spoken word, it is an always attitude.

Together: 

Being part of the family of God creates unity through Christ
which means we are never alone and creates a bond which can
never be broken. 

Strength:

Through our weakness, God demonstrates his strength; and although
as individuals we may we seem lacking, together as the body of Christ,
we are made strong.

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.

CONTENT SUBMISSION DEADLINE:

JUNE 18, 2021

General Content Guidelines

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.

Autumn Topical Focus -

gratitude and thanksgiving (the season, lifestyle and attitudes);
together (family and friends, community, family of God);
strength (God as our source, overcoming obstacles, spiritual warfare)

Topical Content Suggestions

Artwork / Illustrations / Photography - Original pieces that compliment the theme, focus, or Scripture reference.
Bible Study Focus - The reader will study techniques and processes that will assist them in navigating the Bible and individual studies.
Devotionals - Grounded in Biblical truth and teaching; reflective of specific seasonal topics, approximately 500 words.
Features - In-depth stories that focus on women's issues, family needs, kingdom building, etc with a solid Biblical application. 1200-2000 words.
Home & Hospitality - Short articles that provide practical application and encourage women as they enjoy simple living, healthy lifestyles, family, and hospitality.
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?
Poems -  Reflective of the issue theme; inline with solid Biblical principles
Prayer Focus - Will lead you to focus more on God, the importance of prayer life, related Scriptures, and more.
Creative Arts - Creativity driven Bible Study and worship, i.e. Bible Journaling, painting, creative lettering, or other artistic mediums.
Bookshelf - Book Recommendations / Reviews - related to quarterly topics; aligns with Biblical principles.
Community - Ways we can engage with and support our neighbors; ways to spread the gospel in our communities.
Family - Building Family Traditions, Families overcoming difficulties with God's Help, Blended Families, etc
Fellowship - How to stay in church (encouragement); Fellowship at home; Inviting Others to the Table
On The Porch - Slowing down and finding rest, retreat and restoration in God.
Children & Families - Teaching prayer to Kids / Simple Prayers for Children to Pray (Age specific for children, tweens, teens)
Seasonal - Favorite seasonal activities or traditions; Bucket lists; Challenges with specific life season
This is My Story - Sharing our God-focused life stories and testimonies
Photography - original photography representing the season, topic, and general themes

CONTENT SUBMISSION DEADLINE:

JUNE 18, 2021

Submission Guidelines

  • 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.

A Sweet To The Soul branded graphic with an applicable scripture will be created.
CONTENT SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
All general content should be submitted by the JUNE 18, 2021 for AUTUMN 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).

All content submissions should be sent to:  sweettothesoulministries@gmail.com