How to have a story printed in
Spirituality & Health magazine
Ask yourself: Do I have something important or helpful to share? Will my story be of service to the readers of S&H? See our 2018 Editorial Calendar below.
The magazine has been in existence for almost twenty years, so we must be doing something right. That said, it’s hard to explain what that is. We define spirituality as “total aliveness,” and most of our stories are about embodied spirituality—except for those that aren’t. Some issues of the magazine contain articles that contradict each other. Such is life. So many things we are certain about turn out to be wrong—and we find that exciting. While there is a lot to learn by looking backwards at our wisdom traditions, there is new and potentially helpful knowledge being gained all the time.
Our readers are smart and educated people, and we expect our writers to be up to the task. We try not to preach. Instead, we try to share what we have learned—and typically how we learned it—from science, study, practice, experience, observation, etc. We expect our writers to know and to share where they are coming from. We often help promote worthwhile books or courses or projects, but we do so explicitly.
We are not doing this to get rich, or to help you get rich. We are alarmed at the rising disparity between rich and poor. We try to share stories that help people improve their own lives and to create a more fair and just world for everyone.
We are not trying to help people get into Heaven or to avoid Hell or to improve their next incarnation. The stories we’re looking for are about being happier and healthier people, here and now—for people who look beyond their own lives to the health of their communities, the environment, and future generations.
Some things seem obvious to us: like evolution and climate change. We are alarmed at the state of the environment and at the same time are trying not to become so alarmed that we miss out on being fully alive—in whatever time we have.
How does your story contribute to helping people be more fully alive? How can we become better grounded in ourselves, our communities, and the world we live in? That’s embodied spirituality, and most of our stories are about that.
In Each Issue
We need about 10 stories to fill the front sections of the magazine. The sections are
- Inner Life
- Enlightened Diet
- Healthy Body
The maximum word count for these stories is about 950 words, which often includes a sidebar. Some of these pieces are excerpts from new books, which we typically do not pay for. The most we pay for these pieces is $200. Sorry about that. That said, many of the best pieces are stories that our writers love to write or need to write.
Each issue has three features and one long interview. The interviews are done in house. The three features are either book excerpts or written for the magazine by people like you. The typical word count is between 1,500 and 3,500 words and the maximum we pay is $500. Sorry about that.
When we buy a story we expect the exclusive right to for the period that the magazine is on sale—as well as the right to continue to use the piece on our electronic media. Once the magazine is off the newsstands, the writer has the right to publish the piece elsewhere.
To Pitch a Story
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not send attachments. Keep in mind that we get lots of submissions and have room for very few stories. We also have a small editorial staff. If the subject line is not interesting, your email may not get read. Even if it is interesting, we may be overwhelmed with other stories and not respond. Sorry about that. If you are sure you sent a great query or a great story, wait a couple weeks and send another note that includes the original query or story. If we still don’t respond, sorry about that.
Art & Photography
Submissions for photography, illustration and visual art can be sent to email@example.com. Please include a link to your portfolio site (preferred), or a selection of 3-5 jpg attachments totaling not greater than 10MB.
Phone calls and submissions sent through the mail will not be accepted or returned.
To submit books, CDs, DVDs or other media or products for review consideration, please send materials to:
Editors Spirituality & Health 444 Hana Hwy, Suite D Kahului, HI 96732
Please note anything mailed to our offices will not be returned.
Send press releases to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To give you some idea of what we are looking for, below is the 2018 editorial calendar. Keep in mind that this calendar is subject to radical change. Also keep in mind that we attempt to be timely, but we have a long lead time before publication.
Building Toward our 20th Anniversary Celebration!
January/February - Your Great Midlife Walkabout
The midlife crisis is growing up. We’re living healthier, longer, and with the realization that the purposeful life is the happiest. Opening to that great purpose is what the Midlife Walkabout is all about. Here’s how to step wisely into the unknown and find your special path.
March/April - How Consciousness Beats Opioids
Addiction isolates and the fundamental cure is to reconnect. One of the great hero’s journeys is to find that lost person or to rediscover yourself. Here are spiritual, unconventional, and sometimes magical tools for that journey.
May/June - Good Energy
We are all energy and all connected. Patients heal faster in rooms with views, and while random prayers don’t heal, real connections do—even at a distance. This issue is not just about how to create a healing temple—but to how be one.
July/August - Our Most Healing Waters
From the most ancient health spas of Israel’s Dead Sea (where anyone can walk on water and be healed) to the latest in scientifically modified waters—this issue explores the best ways to take the source of life.
September/October - Act As If You Matter
The idea of being of consequence is a self-fulfilling prophecy that we all to often shy away from. This issue is about stepping into your own shoes to become the hero of your own journey.
November/December - 20th Anniversary Celebration!
Spirituality & Health launched in 1998 after a nationwide survey revealed the demand for spiritual development. Twenty years and many awards later, the “Best Magazine in Religion and Spirituality” is reaching to our brilliant contributors to find out what’s next on the spiritual journey.