The Ethicist accepts all written/creative work for it's main issues regardless of genre including but not limited to: creative nonfiction, essays, op-eds, fiction of all genres, poetry, and experimental or genre bending work. The only requirement for consideration of publication is that the writing have some connection to one's faith/belief tradition or lack thereof (including interfaith activity). This does not need to be the faith or non-faith tradition of the author, nor in the case of science fiction, horror, etc... does the faith or non-faith tradition need to be a real/currently existent faith.
Interfaith Insights, The Ethicist official blog, accepts guest writers year round and will pay $0.01 per word for published pieces. Interfaith Insights focuses more on essays, opinion pieces, and reflections on interfaith experiences. Work should somewhat reflect the style of pieces currently published by Interfaith America. Please send pitches or otherwise show interest in writing a blog post by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Submissions for The Ethicist's first issue are now closed. Thank you to all who submitted. We plan to publish annually. Please follow our Facebook or Twitter to know when we next open submissions to the general public.
We ask that all writers read the following guidelines carefully. Submissions that clearly disregarded the following guidelines will be removed from consideration.
-There is no fee for submitting
-All submissions are currently received through the following gmail account:
-The subject of your email should be the genre(s) of the piece(s) you are submitting. Writers may submit to multiple genres at once, but please no more than three pieces in any one genre per submission period (except poetry).
-Please send your submission as a word document or if not possible, as a pdf. The title of the submission should be the title of the piece submitted. Please send any/all work if submitting more than one piece as separate word files.
-Documents should NOT include any personal information. Personal information is not required unless accepted for publication, though if you have the following information listed below already available, feel free to share it with us.
Short Author Bio (2-3 sentences)
Social Media Links if Desired
-Previously published work is acceptable to submit so long as the rights of the work have already reverted back to the author. If work was previously published, please let us know when and where it was previously published in the body of your email.
-Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please let us know as soon as possible by replying to your original email if your work is accepted elsewhere.
Genre Specific Guidelines:
Creative Nonfiction: pieces should be a maximum of 3,000 words and in general, the shorter the better. We are not opposed to reading longer pieces if the work is exceptional in its writing and connection to our mission.
Fiction: pieces should be a maximum of 3,000 words with a preference given to shorter work that is well-edited and not previously published. We are willing to consider longer work on a case-by-case basis.
Poetry: poetry, unlike other genres, may submit up to 5 pieces for submission period. In general, poetry should be less than 50 lines in length as a general rule, though we are not opposed to reading and accepting something longer. Poetry submissions, unlike other genres, may be sent in the same word document or as multiple.
If after reading these guidelines you have any questions, please reach out to