Do you have something that  might be publish-worthy? Here at The Pearl, we only publish the good stuff, but we love discovering new talent.

We’re just as sick of today’s media junk as you are. We’re ready to introduce some new faces to a professional stage.

Guidelines, you say? Maybe they’re more like handrails to guide you up the shining staircase to Pearl Mag heaven. Here’s the quick list: 

Fiction

All genres are acceptable. Work should be 500-5,000 words. Our sweet spot is 1,500 words->the fun-size of literary artwork. But just so it’s good, the story can be as long as it needs to be.

Your work does not need to be about Jesus and does not need to be “clean,” but it should have a Kingdom worldview. We can look at dark stuff, but your exploration should be good and profitable to healthy discourse.

All genres are acceptable. Literary fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, crime, romance, suspense, supernatural…you name it, we’re interested in it. We are not presently interested in work intended for children.

Essays

The maximum word count on essays is 2,000 words (we say maximum, but again, if it’s good, all rules can be broken). We really like them to be closer to 1,000 words, but you’ve got the space if you need it. There is no minimum word count.

Just like with fiction, essays can be about anything. Your work does not need to be “Christian.” Christians, after all, need to be thinking about all kinds of things.

Poetry

Poetry must be less than 500 words. We’re looking for poetry that engages the mind and the heart. We want poems with rich metaphors and developed imagery. Rhyme is acceptable, but if it sounds like a nursery rhyme and doesn’t bring any depth, it’s not for us.

Anything else

Have something that doesn’t fit into one of these categories? No problem. Send it in. Maybe it fits, maybe it doesn’t.

Hint: If it’s a photocopy of your diary, it doesn’t fit.

Compensation & Rights

You maintain the rights to your work at all times. If your work is selected for publication, we’ll have you sign an agreement licensing your content to The Pearl to be published, but you still own the piece. You can publish it somewhere else later on if you want.

When you submit, you’re not obligated to publish with us. If we like your piece, we’ll send you an agreement and we can negotiate from there.

At this time, we are not paying for work.

Steps to Submit

Convert your work into a PDF and send it to us at submissions@pearlmag.co. In the body of your email, please include:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Genre and word count of your submission
  • A brief description (1-2 sentences) of your submission.

Next step is on us. We’ll review your work and contact you sometime. The amount of work we receive fluctuates a lot, so it could be a few days or a few weeks before you hear back.

If you don’t hear from us in four weeks, please feel free to follow-up. Please do not follow-up before four weeks has elapsed.

Questions? Email us at submissions@pearlmag.co.