WRITER GUIDELINES

Who Should Write for the Lake Union Herald?

  • Anyone can write for the Lake Union Herald. Click here to set up an online contributor account.
  • News stories that are submitted should accurately represent the church, school or other church-related group.
  • Each church or institution should have a designated spokesperson.
  • If there isn't a spokesperson, then the individual doing the writing should consult with the pastor, principal or leader of the group before submitting articles.


The Lake Union Herald editors accept submissions for the following sections of the magazine:

 

Everything that is submitted should "tell the stories of God at work in His people in order to encourage, inspire, educate, advance, and unify the church in the Lake Union Conference."

 

  • Features


The Lake Union Herald editorial staff selects themes for each issue a year in advance, in consultation with the Lake Union president. Themes are listed on the Editorial Schedule. Features should coincide with the theme. Feature stories are written in a warmer style than news stories and usually deal with ideas and concepts. Please submit feature articles by the deadline on the Editorial Schedule, so the editorial staff has time to review submission.

Word Requirement: 450 words

Photo Requirement: 3-4 high resolution images (300 dpi in JPG or TIFF format)

Captions: Use full sentence captions, identifying individuals in the photo from left to right with first and last names.

Submission:
Submit feature articles directly to the Lake Union Herald editor. Send article at least eight weeks before issue date, so it can be reviewed and considered for publication.

  • Telling God's Stories


Two pages of each Lake Union Herald are dedicated to sharing stories about our readers see Jesus working in their lives or in the lives of others. Sometimes these are stories of new members who discovered the joy of Jesus. Other times, they are experiences of God's intervention in the lives of His children. Please send us your most inspiring stories. We'd like to see at least one story from each conference in each issue. Share:

Word Requirement: 350 words

Photo Requirement: One high resolution image (300 dpi in JPG or TIFF format); preferably not a baptistry photo

Captions: Use full sentence captions, identifying individuals in the photo from left to right with first and last names.

Submission:
Submit your article to your local conference communication director. Request that it be approved and forwarded to the Lake Union Herald managing editor.

  • News


The News sections feature interesting news stories from schools, churches, Sabbath school classes, and ministries within the Lake Union.

Word Requirement: 350-400 words

Photo Requirement: Two high resolution images (300 dpi in JPG or TIFF format)

Captions: Use full sentence captions, identifying individuals in the photo from left to right with first and last names.

Submission:
Send your article to the Lake Union Herald managing editor, and also copy your local conference communication director.

  • One Voice


This column features articles written by creative teens and young adults who have something to say to their church and/or peers. The Lake Union Herald is looking for stories of faith and challenge written by readers between the ages of 14 and 30.

Articles submitted for this column are reviewed by the editorial staff. If selected for publication, a $100 scholarship is sent to the student's school.

Word Requirement: 450-500 words

Photo Requirement:
One casual photo of author (300 dpi in JPG or TIFF format)

Captions: No caption needed.

Submission:
Submit your article to your local conference communication director. Request that it be approved and forwarded to the Lake Union Herald managing editor.

  • Sharing our Hope


This column focuses on stories and methods of evangelism. Churches and schools are encouraged to submit stories of successful outreach initiatives that may illustrate creative methods for reaching those in our community.

Word Requirement: 450 words

Photo Requirement: 2-3 high resolution images (300 dpi in JPG or TIFF format)

Captions: Use full sentence captions, identifying individuals in the photo from left to right with first and last names.

Submission:
Submit your article to your local conference communication director. Request that it be approved and forwarded to the Lake Union Herald managing editor.